I went into her room and she must have been lightly sleeping, because before I could even climb up on the stool I keep by her bed (she sleeps in a top bunk) she sat up in bed. She was holding her stuffed giraffe. She handed it to me while I was getting her poker out and loading the test strip. I took the giraffe from her and said something like
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I went into her room and she must have been lightly sleeping, because before I could even climb up on the stool I keep by her bed (she sleeps in a top bunk) she sat up in bed. She was holding her stuffed giraffe. She handed it to me while I was getting her poker out and loading the test strip. I took the giraffe from her and said something like
Friday, November 30, 2012
I feel like I got some education out there.
I feel like I learned a few things myself.
I fee like I shared some funny moments.
I feel like I shared some good stories.
I feel like I have lots more to learn.
I feel like I brought out some feelings that I might want to explore further in myself.
Today is the last day of Diabetes Awareness month, but that doesn't mean that we quit, or that Kortnie can quit.
We live with Type 1 Diabetes everyday 24/7/365.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Today's prompt is... How has being a caregiver changed you?
Well, lets see how has being a caregiver changed me? First of all, I've always been a caregiver to all of my children, but caring for a child with a chronic illness is a different ball game I guess.
#1 I ended up leaving my job, so now I am a stay at home mom instead of a working mom. It has been a good change, it was hard at first, but
#2 Being a caregiver has made me more paranoid when it comes to my kids being sick. I used to just be the "kids get sick, its normal, its okay, no need to freak out" mom, but not now. If Kortnie gets sick I am constantly watching her to make sure she doesn't end up in bad shape. If the other kids get sick I am worrying that they are developing T1D or some other auto-immune disease, I am googling (which can be BAD), and I am sneaking into their rooms while they are sleeping and poking their fingers to test their blood sugar too. My husband is always telling me, "Stop Googling!" and my kids are always saying "I don't have Diabetes!"
#3 I think I have become a little more patient, well maybe not, LOL, with my kids I am more patient, with the insurance company, not so much!
#4 I have become a lot more scatterbrained, thinking about carbs, exercise, weather, hormones, growth spurts, illness, blah, blah, blah, all of the time, makes my brain a bit fuzzy
#5 I am so tired all of the time, tired equals unsexy...you know where I'm going with this?
That's what I can think of now, and specifically I don't know if it's all Type 1 Diabetes fault that I have changed. People change over time, sometimes change is good, sometimes it isn't. It was always my goal to be a stay at home mom, so that change is good. I am happier being home with my kids, but I miss going to a job sometimes too. I tired of being tired, I am tired of feeling like I miss my husband, I am tired of life that seems to just be plugging along. I think I need a new change now, I'm just not sure where to find it.
Today's prompt is a loaded one and I'm just not ready to really think about it and delve into it right now.
Overall, life is good, we have many things to be thankful for. We have a home, a job, great kids, the medicine we need, insurance, a wonderful family, great friends and community. There are things that we want of course, there are changes that we could make to be happier of course, we're always working on those, isn't everyone?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
|Getting ready to Zumba for a Cure, we participated in a Zumbathon to raise money for JDRF back in February, as always we do it together, Stasia and Kortnie Zumba'd their bums off, what a fun day.|
|Big sister always loves going to the JDRF Walk, it's important to her to help us fund raise and raise awareness.|
|Kortnie's 3 year D-aversary, Graham and Stasia think Diabetes sucks too, so they had to get in on the picture taking action.|
|They always support and love their sister unconditionally, especially if it means celebrating Kork's D-Aversary with ice cream cones!|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Today's prompt is I Bet You Didn't Know
I don't think there is anything you don't know about us by now, is there, seems like I've been doing book reports all month!
What I hope you to know is...
|I skipped Day 25, my last skip day for the month.|
Here is Day 26, the prompt was Make a chart, meme, or poster and write about it.
I am not that creative, so I'll share with you some of the funnies I've seen. I have a whole pinboard over at Pintrest that I pin stuff I think is funny or inspirational to me about T1D. You can check it out here.
|Our juice box of choice. So true, at 2am when I'm trying to sleep feed her juice, it seems like I can never get the straw in!|
|This comes from diabeticallyyours.com|
funny because its all true
|Funny to me, not sure who made this, it's on my pinboard.|
|This one comes from tudiabetes.org|
|I am always doing this!|
|Yes! LOL, hotel rooms are too dark.|
|Does this even need explaining?|
I'm gonna cheat since I'm playing catch up. National D-Blog day 2 years ago, the prompt was to write about 6 Things You Want People to Know about your Diabetes.
I'll just repost it here in case you want to revisit it you can see it here
Here is a copy and paste of the 6 Things
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
6 Things I Want You to Know about Korky and her Diabetes
1. Just because it says Sugar Free, does not mean my kid can have it without permission from me, a finger poke, or a bolus.
2. Just because it's got sugar in it does not mean that my kid can't have it at all.
3. Korky's Type 1 Diabetes is not the same as your Grandma's Diabetes, in fact Kork's Great-Grandma (my Grandma) has Diabetes, and Korky's paternal Grandpa (Brian's dad), and paternal Great-Uncle (Brian's uncle) had it too. She didn't get it from them, they have Type 2, big difference.
4. Yes, my kid loves candy and sugar and treats, when she was little like 2 or 3 she'd wake up in the middle of the night, like 2am, sneak some candy and turn on the TV. That is not the reason she developed Type 1 Diabetes, nope, it wasn't because she ate too much candy. She just happens to be born with a faulty pancreas. Again, she was born with a faulty pancreas, we did not damage it.
5. If she says she needs to check her BG, then she needs to, she's not doing it for attention. If she falls asleep or goes droopy all of a sudden, then something is wrong. Give her some kind of sugar, then check her BG, it can be scary, but try to stay calm. You'll have time to freak out or break down later. If she starts 'freaking out', crying uncontrollably, fighting with you, yelling at you and yes even hitting you, then again something is wrong, talk to her in a calm voice, check her BG or get her to do it, give her a correction, call me and let her lay down for a rest. Don't let it hurt your feelings, she never remembers what she did, she didn't mean it, she still loves you.
6. I may seem calm, I may seem like Diabetes doesn't affect me, I may seem like I'm not overwhelmed, like I'm not thinking about it all the time, like I'm not completely freaked out. It's just a facade, I am always thinking about D, I am always worried. I struggle to trust Korky with herself and to let her have some independence, in fact I struggle with letting anyone take care of Korky, even my own husband her dad. I know he should be my number 1 and I do trust him, but I still struggle with it internally. I am not sure if it's trust I struggle with or fear or a combination of both.
7. I have one more.... Diabetes doesn't define Korky, or me either for that matter. It doesn't have to take center stage. There's more to us, but on the flip side, I appreciate your concern, your willingness to learn and you're desire to help us.
Day 23's prompt was "What's something your doctor taught you or you taught your doctor?"
Kortnie's first Endocrinologist was a Type 1 Diabetic himself, he was older and had a weird sense of humor, he was kind of nonchalant, he actually had a combined practice up here on the mountain. He was a pediatric Endocrinologist, but there aren't enough patients here for just that, so he also saw other kids in pediatrics. When we first moved here we tried a few different pediatricians for our kids, he was one of them, we didn't like him so we just moved on to the next guy and finally settled on a family practice close to our home instead of a specific pediatrician for just our kids.
Enter Diabetes 2 1/2 years later and we were back to this certain doctor, he was the only specialist within 180 miles who could take care of Kortnie's T1D, so we felt he was the only choice for us. We still didn't like him, and now we liked him even less. I was relieved when he retired, even though now we have to drive to Phoenix for our appointments.
One time we were there for an appointment and he wanted to look at Kortnie's pump settings. Her pump is locked so that she can't accidentally push random buttons on the front of it and mess up the pump or accidentally give herself insulin. It locks much like a cell phone does. To unlock, you hold down two buttons at the same time. So, she handed her pump to the doctor, remember when I said he was T1D himself, well he actually used the same pump as Kortnie as well, he did not know how to unlock the pump! Crazy-ness, you'd think a specialist doctor who had the disease he was treating and used the same pump would know about the lock feature, but no, Kortnie taught him how to unlock it. Ironic I think. It would be funny maybe, but since I already wasn't fond of this guy it just turned me off even more.
We do have a diabetes educator at our hospital, who we love. She mostly deals with Type 2 Diabetes patients, but she's told us that in the past few years she's had a lot more diagnosis of Type 1 up here on the mountain. She and the hospital cover a wide area of patients, they people within 100 mile radius around Show Low where the hospital is, people from several different small mountain towns. Over the summer she has started doing trainings with nurses from the hospital on Diabetes, it's an all day training and she goes over the different types of Diabetes, she invited me to come do a talk during the training about being the mother of a Type 1, and Kortnie comes and they ask her questions too. The training was so well received that the hospital has decided to hold it twice a year, so I went back in the Fall and did the training again. I was honored to be asked to come share some of my experiences, answer questions and just put some awareness out there.
You can read about my talk and the experience at A Chance to Advocate and Educate. I hope to be invited back to the next training, I admit that first time I went I was nervous, but now that I've gone twice I feel like I have more to add and am more comfortable talking to them.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|My little Family|
|My little family and some of my husbands side of the family|
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Taking care of a diabetic kid is exhausting mentally, it takes a lot of thinking, you can read about that here.
Besides being a full time pancreas and nurse to Kortnie, I am also her mom first and foremost.
Not only am I her mom, but I am mom to 2 other kids, Stasia and Graham.
We all know that moms are nurses, phsycologists, chauffers, tutors, confidants, playmates, friends, disciplinarians, teachers, cooks, housekeepers, seamstress, personnal shoppers, secrataries, etc, the list goes on and on.
I am also a wife. Wives play some of the same roles as moms and then some.
I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and wife, but that means that all of the housekeeping, shopping, cooking, bill paying, and birthday/special occasion present buying. Brian helps, but I do most of it, I organize all of it and ask him for help when I need it.
To make extra money I babysit here at home. I love the kids I watch, sometimes it gets crazy though, I've had 11 kids here at once, that includes my own kids. I don't have that many at once very often, and when I do, it's maybe for an hour or so after school gets out. Keeping up with the different kids scheduales and what their parents owe me, takes a lot of thinking too.
I am PTO President at the school that Kortnie and Graham go to. That is a pretty big job and I probably put in at least one hour a week into it, but there are other weeks that I put in more, like the last few weeks we've had a few things going on and I have been putting in 5-10 hour weeks, a lot of the work I do for the school and PTO, I can do from home, or I can do while I have my daycare kids and Graham with me. These next few weeks after Thanksgiving will be busy with PTO and I bet I'll be doing 20-30 hours each week, at the school, not at home, I will still be able to bring Graham and the daycare kids along with me. I love being able to serve my kids at their school, I like the relationships I've built there with the staff, teachers and students. The smiles the kids give me and the thanks I get from the teachers and staff are worth the work I put in.
Brian and I are Nursery leaders at our church, on Sunday's we take care of about 20 little ones 18months-3years old for 2 hours, we do have 2 other helpers. Every other week I prepare a Sunday School lesson for them. It's nothing too major as the little ones don't need real in depth lessons. I love my little ones at church and serving there is fun but tiresome.
These are my roles in my family and in my community. I love the things I do, but sometimes I get tired too. Sometimes it is hard to keep it all together and keep myself sane. Especially when
Last night, my youngest started throwing up around 1am. I think he got up at least 15 times between 1 and 6:30am. I kept thinking how I wanted to sleep, how my husband needed to sleep so he could go to work, how of course there was no school this morning and my daycare kids weren't coming until 8am-ish and I had planned on a lazy morning with my babies. It seemed everytime I would doze back off to sleep he would get up and throw up some more. Then I started thinking about how I could keep him away from the daycare kids, I didn't want to call and cancel them at the last minute, I didn't want them to get sick, I didn't want to lose out on the money I would make today. I also need to keep him away from his sisters, I don't want them to get sick, especially Kortnie. A bug like this could land Kortnie in the hospital. Then I started thinking about how it's almost Thanksgiving and how Graham was looking so forward to Turkey Day at Grandma's house, and he's supposed to have a sleepover at Grandma's so Brian and I can do some Black Friday shopping, and how I was even going to try to make a roundtrip trip to the Phoenix Valley (180 miles each way) while Brian was at work and the kids were at Grandma's to do some shopping and now all that is up in the air. I can't leave Graham sick at Grandma's, if Kortnie gets sick I definitly can't leave her.
I am definitly having a Mental Health crazy day today. All I can do is take deep breaths and take it one minute at a time. For now, I have my girls and the daycare kids downstairs playing video games, Graham is up in my room watching TV, sleeping, and throwing up. Hoping to keep him isolated and keep the virus contained to him. Hoping for a fun relaxing family day tomorrow, hoping my kids can still have that sleepover at Grandma's and that by tonight everyone will be healthy.
When you find yourself feeling a bit crazy, sit down, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and make a game plan. Cut some stuff out if you have to, you don't have to do everything all of the time. Enjoy what's most important, your kids, your family, the ones you love.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Today's prompts, I didn't like too much, so I am going with the bonus prompt, Prepare for the Holidays.
Holidays with our family and extended family take a lot of prep.
Kortnie has T1D, she can in essence eat anything, but the holidays are filled with carbs - sweets and starches. She loves the cakes, cookies, jellos, stuffing, rolls, mashed taters, caramel corn, homemade candies, the list goes on and on. Whenever we are going to a party or family event or special dinner I have to talk to her about portion size and giving up some things for other things. Often we bring take home containers so that she can bring some treats home for later so she can enjoy 2 or 3 things at the event and bring the other stuff home to try later. By the Way, Fudge is the devil as far as Kortnie and her blood sugars are concerned, I hate when fudge comes out, it's so good, she wants it, I want it, and it's still something I haven't figured out how to bolus for, we'll try again this year! My husband's family likes jello salad, but full on sugar jello is a bit of a no for Kortnie, she can have it, but I'd rather she have sugar free, so I always make her a special just for her sugar free mandarin orange jello.
Brian, my husband, has this crazy allergy type thing. He gets migraines, we've figured out some triggers, like extra creamy chocolate, Cadbury and other Swiss chocolates, those are easy to avoid. Another trigger is meat, especially poultry this is cooked on a bone. Like chicken or turkey cooked bone-in, we think that the bone marrow or something, cooks down and gets into the meat and makes him sick. Cow meat too, but not as bad as poultry. This means for him at the holidays we have to buy a more expensive, turkey breast, and cook it separate in the crock pot. This also means that he can't have gravy made from turkey drippings, so we make him a separate gravy from packets and his turkey breast drippings. Also, he can't have stuffing cooked inside the turkey, so we make separate casserole of stuffing for him. I like to boil down a turkey carcass, make broth and make a yummy turkey soup, but nope he can't have that either. At Christmas, we buy him a ham slice, cut out the little round bone and fry it up for him, no big spiral ham for him! He's a pain in the butt, but we love him. Lately we've noticed our oldest daughter gets migraines, so this year, she'll be eating Brian's special stuff with him and we'll see if that helps her.
Brian's Grandma Anna is lactose free and gluten free. She has Ceilacs and Lactose intolerance. No cream, butter, rolls, stuffing, etc for her. Brian's mom will make her a special bowl of potatoes with no butter, a special bowl of veggies with no butter, a Gluten free cornbread stuffing, usually a special dessert, no butter on the turkey to make it brown, etc. Brian's mom doesn't like any of the GF or DF stuff, so she just makes everything separate, the traditional stuff for everyone else and special GF and DF stuff for Grandma. It makes more work for her, but I think she loves it.
This year we are traveling about an hour away for Thanksgiving, the kids will stay the night at their Grandma's while Brian and I go do the Black Friday thing. So the kids will be gone from home for about 36 hours. This means packing extra stuff for Kortnie, just in case, test strips to last her that long, batteries for her devices, extra site changes and cartridge changes, juice boxes, making sure her phone battery is charged, plus clothes and toiletries for all 3 kids!
For Christmas we are travelling to Nevada, about a 14 hour drive, we'll be gone for a week. Packing clothes and stuff for all 3 kids, plus Brian and I, warm winter clothes, toiletries, Christmas presents for the kids and family we are going to visit, a whole bag of Diabetes supplies, stuff for kids to do on the long car ride, a cooler with snacks and drinks to save money on stopping to eat, the list goes on and on, I have already started thinking about what I need to pack and making lists so I don't forget things.
It's all worth it though, the crazy allergies and extra cooking, the extra packing and driving. It is all worth it to spend time at the holidays with family.
How can I write about that?
Since I am still playing catch up, I am keeping this one short.
Life and Type 1 Diabetes-it can be good, with hard work and perserverance, we can help Kortnie to live a good long life with her Type 1 Diabetes. I will always, ALWAYS, work hard to make sure she has a good long life. I will always expect everyone around us to keep an eye out and help her to live a good long life. I will always fight for whatever I need to fight for to keep her healthy and strong and to treat and take care of her T1D.
Death and Type 1 Diabetes-it's the scariest thing ever to think about, but it's a realility. Eventually (hopefully when she is OLD), she will die of a complication of her Type 1 Diabetes. I can accept that, but again I'm going to work hard, very hard, harder on this than anything, to make sure that she lives a good long life. Unfortunatly there is are so many things that can bring really hard times, complications, or even death to our door, but I believe that we will continue to strive and work hard to keep death away. She WILL live to be an old Great-Grandma, she will see many things and she will live a good long life, longer than me.
Life and Death, kind of a hard thing to think about, but I think about it often, it's a demon of mine, I'm sure her dad too.
In the hospital at diagnosis, she was so sad and having a hard time, she was 5 and she kept asking us "I'll have this until I die?" or "I'll have to do this until I die?" I kept saying to her, "yes, for the rest of your life".
How hard is that to hear from your 5 year old? HARD I tell you, HARD!
This is all I have to say about this, it's depressing, I don't want to think about it anymore right now.
Kortnie was diagnosed with Diabetes 10 days before Stasia's 7th birthday. It kind of put a damper on her birthday, but she didn't complain.
Instead of using this post to do the blog prompts, I'm gonna talk up my biggest girl.
So, Friday the 17th, the prompt was my Strengths and Weaknesses. This is hard for me, to think of these things about myself or about Kortnie, and relate them to taking care of Diabetes, but I'll try, here goes.
1. I am getting pretty good at guessing portion sizes and carb counts, it's called SWAG-ing, Scientific Wild A$$ Guessing.
2. I am one of the only people it seems who can look at Kortnie and see that something is wrong-blood sugar wise. It's in her eyes. Her dad is getting okay at this too, and about this time of year her teachers start getting okay at it too.
3. I can give a good combo bolus while I'm driving-maybe not a strength, it's probably just about as bad as texting and driving-which I never do
4. I'm starting to get this D-stuff figured out, which means that I will be thrown a curve ball pretty soon!
1. I still get mad and sad and curse the evil Diabetes way too often.
2. I get tired and sleep through my alarm when I'm supposed to be checking Kortnie.
3. I let Kortnie's Diabetes trump other things, like time with my other kids, time with my husband, and time for myself.
4. I sometimes put too much of Diabetes care and responsibility on Kortnie. I get tired and I sometimes make her do too much. I want her to learn how to take care of herself, but I also don't want her to get all burnt out on it right now, she has a lifetime to take care of herself.
Kortnie-She is all strength, no weakness! She hardly ever complains about having Diabetes, she's come so far, she does more than any other 8 year old should have to do. She can read nutrition labels, she can measure up or weigh goldfish or cereal or whatever. She can change her site and cartridge in her pump (sometimes she still wants me to do it), she can figure out what her blood sugar numbers mean and give herself sugar or insulin if she needs to. She is awesome and brave and strong, and we love her!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Today's prompt is, use a picture or video to inspire a post. Here goes Day 16
I saw this quote yesterday on facebook and I knew it would be perfect for today's blog post.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Here are some moments in the history of diabetes.
- In 1500 BCE, ancient Egyptians recognized diabetes in people who urinated frequently and lost weight for no apparent reason. It was not labeled at that time but it existed.
- A Greek physician named Arateaus recognized that the urine produced from people with diabetes was sweet and termed it Diabetes Mellitus.
- In 1776, Matthew Dobson actually measured the urine for glucose and found it to be increased in certain people.
- In the early 1800s, diabetes was considered a clinical entity but the prevalence was not really documented. No specific treatment was used and usually within weeks to months the disease was fatal.
- The last 200 years have helped us understand many of the underlying causes of diabetes, ways to decrease risk factors of diabetes, and actual treatments. The outlook has definitely improved, with good results when therapies are used.
- Treatments have been effective, but still no real cure has been discovered.
- The disease of ancient times involved insulin deficiency (Type 1).
- In the early 1900s, Edward Sharpey-Schafer thought the lack of insulin was the cause of diabetes.
- Frederick Bating and Charles Best discovered insulin by reversing diabetes in dogs after inducing it. They did this by extracting pancreatic islet cells from healthy dogs; they later purified the insulin, and along with James Collip and John Macleod, were the first to treat a patient with diabetes using insulin.
- In 1936, Harold Himsworth proposed that more people had insulin resistance than insulin deficiency (Type 2).
- The discovery of biosynthetic human insulin replaced animal insulin, which eliminated reactions to insulin.
- Over the years we went from checking glucose in urine samples to using glucometers and checking blood sugar. In the beginning, blood glucose meters were only available in the hospital. Over time they became smaller, more sophisticated, and were made available for home use.
- New classes of oral diabetes medication have been discovered working on the pancreas, liver, muscle cells, gut hormones, and kidneys. Some that remain are cheap and reliable, and some are gone due to excessive side effects.
- Insulin injections went from glass syringes and long needles (which needed to be sterilized and reused), to disposable syringes with short, attached needles. Even easier are the disposable insulin pens which just require the click of a button.
- Pumps have made many lives much easier and eliminate the need for multiple daily shots. The added flexibility helps with an easier meal plan and exercise plan.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) assists people in identifying blood sugar trends, and is crucial for those who suffer from hypoglycemic unawareness.
- Ketone testing has gone from testing urine with strips to blood ketone testing, which is more efficient and reliable for testing for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).
- New technology and medications are always being developed since diabetes is big business. The future looks bright. Hopefully we will gain progress in the fight against diabetes.
- On the darker side - 2012 shows that insulin deficiency (Type 1) accounts for 10% of diagnosed cases (autoimmune) which can be controlled with exogenous insulin (insulin injections). About 90% of the cases are considered insulin resistance (Type 2). This has become evident in the past 40 years and has created an epidemic world wide (causes may include inactivity, food portions and weight gain, along with genetics).
- The most recent statistics from the ADA are: 26 million people in the US have diabetes; 79 million have pre-diabetes with an increased risk for diabetes. One in three will have diabetes in 2050 if dramatic changes are not achieved. The yearly cost of diabetes to the nation is $174 billion.
- The need for a team approach with multiple follow up appointments has proven results, whether in person (one on one, class) or on the phone. Having a physician, CDE, dietitian, social worker, podiatrist, pharmacist and ophthalmologist is the best way to follow all the organ systems involved in diabetes
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dead in Bed Syndrome is defined as...
Someone with type 1 diabetes is found dead in the morning in an undisturbed bed after having been observed in apparently good health the day before. No cause of death can be established. This is the typical situation of the "dead in bed" syndrome, a very tragic outcome which leaves the family with many unanswered questions: Why, when, how, could it have been avoided?
I have heard of it happening more times than I care to count since I've heard about this. Usually if you see a blue candle burning on my Facebook page, someone has passed of this, and I don't light my blue candle every time either.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I can't think of anything to call BS on that I haven't already talked about this month. Mainly misconceptions and myths. I've already talked about those here and here. I am sure there are other things to call BS on, when I think of them I'll save it for another blog post later.
I'll tell you about some of my favorite things that help
http://www.calorieking.com/ where you can type something in and search for it and it will bring back choices for you. So type in something like Wendys Frosty and it will bring back a bunch of options from small vanilla frosty up to large chocolate frosty with whip cream. I hear there is an app for it too, but I don't have it on my phone, but I do go to the browser on my phone and look up the website quite often. I have one of the books in my kitchen and in my car. It makes SWAGing easier (Scientific Wild Ass Guess).
The stress of daily diabetes management can build. You may feel alone or set apart from your friends and family because of all this extra work.
If you face diabetes complications such as nerve damage, or if you are having trouble keeping your blood sugar levels where you'd like, you may feel like you're losing control of your diabetes. Even tension between you and your doctor may make you feel frustrated and sad.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Well, it is Veteran's Day today, so I will write a little about the Military, the men and women who serve now and the Veterans. I guess the military couldn't quite be classified as one of my most favorite things, but
We live in a great country where our young men and women get to choose whether or not they want to serve our country. There are so many places in our world where people are forced to serve their countries. I am forever glad that we live in a place where we get to choose. For those who do choose to serve our country by joining the military or the national guard, I am thankful for you too.
My dad, 2 of my uncles, all 3 of my grandfathers, some of my cousins, my husband's grandfather and brother, and many, many friends of mine have served or currently are serving now. I believe my life is improved by the military who protects my country and my freedoms. I also believe the live of my kids are improved, as well as the lives of countless others all over the world.
I'm gonna turn it back to medical now, not only do our military members protect us, they perform countless humanitarian efforts in the name of the US, the deliver medical supplies, food, water, and assistance all over the world, the people who receive and benefit from these deliveries would likely tell you their life was improved by them.
My dad, is my most favorite Vetran, One of the stories I remember most from when I was growing up a military brat, is from a time when we were living in Guam, my dad served as a Chief on the USCG Basswood,
Basswood has taken part in many notable missions since her commissioning and while being stationed in
There is no finer example of devotion to duty than through Basswood's display of dedication to the aids to navigation mission. She was responsible for maintaining all federal aids to navigation in
I remember him going on missions to the atolls in Micronesia, to Kwajalein, and to the Philippines. I remember him coming back and talking about delivering supplies to the Peace Corp workers on the atolls. Places where there was no electricity, refrigeration, or telephones. People lived in grass huts and often only wore grass skirts and nothing else. Sometimes, the USCG guys would bring clothing that their own kids had grown out of and trade it with the islanders for some of the things they made like coconut soap and carvings. He brought back pictures and told of how the people lived a simple life. They would moor their ship a ways away from the atoll (small island) and take little speed boats up to the shore to deliver the supplies. He told us of how the kids would get so excited and one time they got the grand idea to bring coolers of ice onto the island to let the children play, they had never seen ice or felt cold before, could you imagine? I am proud to know that my father served such important missions, they may not be the MOST important missions in protecting us and our freedoms, but to me, humanitarian missions are just as noble and wonderful as protection missions. Yes, humanitarian military missions is one of my favorite things.
|3rd Platoon Bravo delivering medical supplies in Baghadad|
|Delivering supplies in Kirkuk, donated by the World Health Organization (WHO)|
|Medical Supplies going to Haiti after the Earthquake|
|Military Police teamed up with Iraqi Police to deliver medical supplies to Basra, this little girls smile says it all, her life was improved this day.|
|National Guard delivering medical supplies in Cambodia|
|Getting ready to air drop medical supplies in the South Pole|
There are so many more pictures of our military men and women delivering medical supplies all over the world if you look around the Internet.
Check out the Who Diabetes Program and definitely go do the Big Blue Test, help these organizations get the funding to get medical supplies gathered so that our military can deliver them. The Big Blue Test is the easiest way to help. You don't need to be diabetic to do it, just log some activity and bam you help them get one step closer to meeting their goal of raising $100,000 by November 14, 2012, which is World Diabetes Day.
Learn more about World Diabetes Day here
Diabetes Fact of the Day
347 million people worldwide have diabetes1.
In 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high blood sugar.
More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by two thirds between 2008 and 2030.