Monday, June 27, 2011

The ABCs of my Fried Brain

Sometimes it seems my brain is fried. You know? I just don't process info like I used to. 

Maybe I just need to get back to the basics. Let's see...we start with the ABCs, right? Okay, the ABCs in my head look something like this...


A1C, ADA, Alcohol prep pads, Animas, Anxiety, Autoimmune

Balance, Basals, Barley, Batteries, Beta cells, Blood glucose, Boluses

Carb Counting, Cartridges, Celiac, CGMs, Corrections, Courage, Cure

Delica, DOC, Donate, Dreams of a Dexcom

Education, Endocrinologist, EzBG, EzCarb

Fiber, Five-o-Four plan, Food

Glucagon, Glucometer, Glucose tabs, Gluten-free, Grams

Health, Highs, Hope, Hyperglycemia, Hypoglycemia

Insulin, Infusion sets, ISF, IOB

Ketoacidosis, Ketone strips

Lancets, Lantus, Late nights, Lethargy, Lows

MDI, Medical alert bands, Midnight testing, Misunderstood, Money

Novolog, Numbers

Pancreas, Pharmacy, Ping, Prayers, Protein, Pump, Pumpernickel


 Ratios, Research, Rye

Skin-Tac, Skittles, Smarties, Support, SWAG, Syringes

Target range, Tears, Test strips, Tour de Cure, Trends, Tubing, Tummietote, Type 1

UniSolv, Units


Walk to cure, Water, Wheat, Worry

Xanthum gum

Yawning, Yearly blood draws, YOU =)

Zizz (I definitely need one, do you?)

Yeah, there may be a reason I can't process information like I used to. My thought-processing capacity is all used up! If only the ABCs were still simple. Boy, I miss "A is for apple"!  =)

And, if I can't keep all of this straight for one diabetic and two celiacs, I can't imagine how Meri and Heather's brains functions with more than one diabetic child. My hats are off to you , ladies! You have amazing brain power!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Unrelated Post (No T1D or Celiac): Promised Softball Pics & Tragic Loss

As Promised...
First off, here are the softball pics I promised. Photo creds go to my friend Amy, our co-coach and "team photographer". Thanks Amy!

History Buff...

Joyful Monkey...

Celiac Softball Sisters...

 Social Butterfly...

The last weekend of softball was our End of Season Tournament. We took second place in our bracket. The girls played so well, it was amazing! We're one of the youngest teams and we only had 9 players to fight for our second place. No one was able to rest, which made it a bit difficult with Joyful Monkey. She struggled with some lows throughout the games, but nothing a pump suspension and Gatorade couldn't handle (okay, so there is a little T1D in this post).

I think this was my favorite year of softball. History Buff pitched incredibly for her first year of pitching and Social Butterfly grew tremendously as a catcher (she even pitched a bit). Joyful Monkey did fabulously at short stop. That girl knows the game and can anticipate movement quick enough to analyze the play.

Oh, and can you spot the tummietote in Joyful Monkey's pics? It was our first tummietote and JM totally fell in love with it. We now have 2 more (gifts for her 2nd diaversary). Donna was incredible to work with. If you haven't tried a tummietote yet, you absolutely have to! You can find them here:

(You caught me again, more T1D talk...I guess I can't escape it even if I try .)
Tragic Loss...
Okay, so softball pics are easy to post. I've been wanting to write again, but my heart has been heavy and I'm just not sure how to keep writing without acknowledging what happened. Like somehow, if I just kept writing regular Diabetes or Celiac posts, I wouldn't be real or authentic; because what has happened has changed me. I'm a bit more emotional, a little more nostalgic, and a lot more purposeful in my relationships.

Last week, our family experienced a tragic loss. My 23 yr old cousin died in a car accident. I know how hard it's been for our family and can't imagine the pain that my aunt, uncle, and other cousins (his siblings) are going through.

We're a very close family and seeing my dear cousin's heart break has been an added heartache for me. Yet, even while her heart is broken, her faith is strong. She finds solace in the knowledge that her brother is in heaven with Jesus.

While watching my aunt & uncle deal with the loss of their son, I was so touched to see God at work. He gave them such grace and peace. And His sovereignty was so clearly evident as all the pieces of the past few months came to light. I pray they continue to feel his comfort and peace as a new chapter in their lives begin, a chapter without one of their sons.

From the day of the accident to the 4 days following, life was a sprint. Our lives were consumed with grieving and preparing for the memorial service. His memory was ever present and all consuming. Now, the marathon starts. Life has moved on, but the loss is ever present in the background as we continue with the rest of our lives.

I've assured the girls that it's okay to talk about him. (I think they're afraid they'll make me cry.) I want them to remember all of the good times they had with him. I also told them how each of them reminds me of him. History Buff and he had a common love for Adventures in Odyssey. This sparked trivia wars which HB would plan and prepare for weeks in advance. They both also claimed "I can't breathe" when being tickled. =) SB and he had a lot in common. They were both middle children who played the role of peace maker. Like him, SB cares more about who she's doing something with, than what she's actually doing. JM will remind me daily of him, because she has the same "light up the room" smile.

His loss has been another reminder to take advantage of each day we've been given. Don't let another day go by without telling your family (& extended family) that you love them. And, it's been a reminder that through it all, He'll never let go of us. Thanks for letting me share my heart. And, thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness!

A worship song from his memorial service...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It's Good To Be Back!

Where have I been? At the softball fields (pics later)! My hubby and I have spent the last few months coaching our daughters' 10U softball team. While it has been an absolute blast, a lot of stuff has been neglected...mainly our home and our nutrition! All those grab on the go meals...not so good! And my house? You don't even want to know...disaster! =)

I didn't have a sub job today, so I spent my morning checking out some GF aisles at our local Fred Meyer and Trader Joe's. I'd like to get to New Seasons, but not sure I'll make it today. I put a roast in the crockpot with some veggies and I am feelin' good! We'll see how good I feel once I begin the laundering and housecleaning..up next (probably why I'm procrastinating and writing a post).

Anyway, since my morning consisted of food, thought I'd add to the list of Celiac Sisters' approved GF foods (You'll notice most of these items are grab & go...haven't cooked/baked much due to softball).

The Celiac Sisters Recommend...

Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco Bars
Think Thin Bars (tangerine creamsicle, chocolate covered strawberry & creamy peanut butter)
Nature Valley Almond Crunch Bars
LaraBar (Peanut Butter Cookie)
Rudi's Wholegrain Bread
Udi's Bagels
Nature's Path Organic GF Waffles
Pizzicato GF Cheese & Olive Pizza (local pizza place)
Yoplait Light Yogurt (many varieties are GF)
Betty Crocker GF Chocolate Chip Cookies
Betty Crocker GF Brownies
Bob's Red Mill GF Shortbread Cookies (w/ Ghirardelli milk choc. chips of course)
Mary's Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs Sea Salt
Chex Rice & Chocolate Cereals
Pirate Booty
Crunchmaster Rice Crackers

 Now, on to housecleaning...ugh!