Monday, September 13, 2010


I am rockin this meme courtesy of HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM…who was tagged by, MY DIABETIC CHILD…who was tagged by I AM YOUR PANCREAS…who was tagged by, BETA BUDDIES…who was tagged by A SWEET GRACE who accepted the meme challenge from SIX UNTIL ME…

Thanks Laura, I owe ya one. ;)

What type of diabetes do you have:

My three youngest boys have Type 1 Diabetes. (And thankyouverymuch for asking which type it is!)

When were you diagnosed:

J was diagnosed on August 4, 1998 at the tender age of 8 months old.
L was diagnosed next in on February 12, 2005 when he was 2 years old
B was diagnosed next June 2006 when he was 5. (Caught so early, he wasn’t ‘official' until August of that year.)

What's your current blood sugar:

J is 82
B is 76
L is 118
(I know this sounds wonderful, but they are just going to bed and this means two checks tonight instead of 1. Isn’t diabetes fun?)

What kind of meter do you use:

We mostly use the OneTouch UltraMini’s. We use these because A) Our insurance covers the strips, and B) They come in awesome colors, and my boys think awesome colors are fun. Anything to make diabetes fun is Ok in my book! We also use the OneTouch UltraLink Meters at school. These meters beam the numbers to the boys’ pumps so there is no keying error on my little guys part.

How many times per day do you check your blood sugar:

On a really good day each boy gets checked 8 times. That is if Lawton does not alert, and if they are not ill. A normal day probably is 10-12 times per boy. That would be 30-36 times a day for you math enthusiasts.

What is a "HIGH" number for you:

The boys know that anything over 200 is high, but we don’t “call” it high unless it is over 300. We try to keep things positive around here. If they have a blood sugar in the low 100’s they ask for high fives because they know that is what we are shooting for.

What do you consider "LOW":

Anything under 70. L, our littlest one calls anything under 100 a low.

What is your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:

Apple Juice for under 60’s
Yogos for 60-90
VANILLA pudding at night when they are between 60 and 90.

Describe your dream endo:

I think we have her. She was a fellow at UCSF Standford medical center, so she is a smartie. She has worked with us since J was diagnosed as a baby, so she knows us. She always listens to what I have to say first, so she listens well. She usually agrees with me, so she trusts us. She sometimes has ideas I never thought of…and they are positive ones, so I trust her. AND she is reachable at all times. If I can’t talk to her, I talk to our CDE and she will consult directly with our wonderful endo before giving me advice. The only thing that would be if her office was in town, and not in the city.

Who's on your support team:

My husband (My partner in crime. Always willing to lend a hand. Expert and super fast site changer.)

My SIL (She is amazingly adept in taking care of the boys. I can honestly throw the boys at her and leave for a week, and she could take care of their needs. The only thing she might need help with is site changes, but now that J can do his own, we are good to go.)

My MIL (She cooks for us. She drives the boys to school. She is always there for me if ever I need her. She is always positive and willing to lend a hand.)

My parents (They have us over once a week, and are willing to lend a hand if I’m ever in a pinch.)

My endo: (See above)

The DOC (You are my saving grace. You saved my brain. You lift me up. You get it. Same.)

Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime:

Because I am a mother…and I have to watch my children suffer…even if they are happy and don’t even know that they are suffering…even so…I hope there will be a cure. Part of my brain is not expecting a cure…but another part of my brain believes in miracles. If God has plans for a cure…then it will happen, and I’m AOK with that!

What is a "cure" to you:

No machines.
Drinking a glass of orange juice and not giving it a second thought.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:

After 12 years dealing with disease, I have honestly heard it all. But the worst by far was at the park one day. I spent a good hour talking to a mother who happened to be a nurse about the boys and their trials. The misconceptions, the hard work that is put in, the sleepless nights…she asked questions, she listened, she was so nice! Then as we parted I said, “Yeah, you just don’t know who is going to get it. Many people don’t even have it in their family history.” And then she said as she walked away, “That is why we are really careful about what we put in the kids lunches, I don’t want to worry about it ever.”

WTH? Did she even LISTEN to a flippin word I said??? An hour of my life I’ll never get back.

The most common misconception about diabetes:

That there is only one type. That there is just “Diabetes.” (Climbing on my soapbox) There really is no such thing as “Diabetes.” There is “Type 1 Diabetes” or “Type 2 Diabetes” or “Lada Diabetes.” No one has just plain ol diabetes. Newspapers like to lump it together. They always talk about “Diabetes” and the causes of it, which are always outlined with Type 2 causes. If you are speaking of Type 2, say Type 2. (Yeah, I don’t have issues or anything…)

If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:

What the hell?!

Now I get to tag someone…FUN FUN FUN!! Who do I think would love some fun?
Why WENDY of course!

Tag Wendy…you are it! MUA!


  1. Good afternoon, my name is Lora and I GAVE my son Type 1 diabetes because I put nothing but soda, chips and chocolate in his school lunch.

    Admiting my faults are the key to my son just "growing out of it" :)

  2. So many misconceptions about type 1 diabetes, I will get on my soap box here too...

    NO, I did not cause both of my daughters to get TYPE 1 diabetes, NO, they will not grow out of it and NO, diet and exercise will NOT make it go away!!!

    Phew, I feel much better now...thank you :) heheheheh

    I just love hearing about all of these wonderful endos, I think it's a beautiful thing!!! We all can use a great D-team and it sounds like you definately have one my friend.

  3. Thanks for playing Meri! I enjoy reading everyone's responses. And you are a fantastic swelly-hurty brain friend, just had to add that too.

  4. Love reading everyone's answers! Man, some people can be pretty stupid sometimes. In my experience, about half of all nurses fall into that "stupid" sometimes category!

  5. My comment:
    " Oh yes, and it's too bad God didn't bless you with two ears that actually worked, because then you wouldn't of had to spend the last hour trying to come up with a snotty comment that only proved that God didn't bless you with a brain either"

    Yeah, I'm in that kind of mood. Sorry!

  6. Sorry, I forgot my own comment because I read Lora's comment and I'm cracking up!!

  7. Ok, remembered....I love hearing (or "seeing") everyone's answers - this is fun!

    It is great to hear you talking about your endo. I am so happy that you have such a wonderful working relationship with her.

    And why are people so hard-headed when it comes to the differences in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? You know, its one thing when someone just has never been educated on the subject...but that same thing happens to me over and over again. I explain..and they part with an..."ok, so I'll just buy sugar free stuff." Grrrr!

  8. Love this post, and I love Lora's comment!

  9. And to think that lady at the park is a nurse! I wonder if she listens to her patients the way she listened to you! I pity her patients!

  10. Hello.

    My name is Wendy and LORA spread D to child D because it was cosmically transmitted via the computer screen. Then someone offered her some snazzy drink and it's all cleared up now.

    I have no idea what's wrong with you people.

    I needed something for NaPoBloMo tomorrow....THANK YOU, Meri :)

    I'm honored. Truly honored....stay tuned....

  11. Um....Lora also caused mental confusion in that first line from laughing so hard :)


    Holy Smokes - what's the world coming to? I hope to God she doesnt work in pediatric endocrinology.

    Yeah, Lora - I KNEW you gave your kid D. Seriously, Lady. I hope he grows out of it soon. I'll send you some herbs and a good diet to follow and that should clear things up!

    Standing up! I'm with Lora --- I gave my son cake for breakfast and coke instead of milk? I'm still working on giving my other 2 some D.

    It's ok though because at least it's not cancer! Geez!

    Great answers, Friend!

  14. THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!! I will be here all mornin for some THERA.PEY!

    I so feel a post comin on... BOOYA!!!

  15. Cracking up at Lora's post too! Great post Meri!

  16. SERIOUSLY... you are all "CERTIFIABLE". CRAZY. NUTS. Am I the only sane one left in the DOC? THis coming from the pancreas-penis lady who designs sugar dispensing tampons for a laugh. You guys are losing it.

    And ofcourse Lora gave all of our children diabetes. I think she was packing all of their lunches with soda and chips when they were one, two, three (what-have-you...pick and age any age). She then fashioned them all in velcro suits and stuck them up on a wall so that they could not exercise! What a witch! SMILES.

  17. is it that people in the med profession can be so freaking ignorant??!!!! ARGH!
    I think my head may have blow off with disbelief in that situation!!

  18. but I've got a cure...haven't you heard cinnamon, it'll fix his blood sugar so he's stable and doesn't need insulin right away. I read about it somewhere.
    Ahhhh Meri you are so sweet to not respond rudely to those less than intelligent :)


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