Saturday, August 31, 2013

This, That, The Other Thing, & Tummy Shots?

Yesterday I met with Kenny's teacher. I think the meeting went as well as could be expected. She took the time to read all of the information I provided and spent a lot of time on his website which I am sure will help her understand all of this better.

As usual, anytime that I leave one of these meetings, I always remember some key point that I forgot to mention. One of these points had me running back into the school to inquire about gym times, which turned out to be all over the place this year, not at a set time each day...not sure how that's going to work.

I am overjoyed that there is an educational assistant and coop student also assigned to this class. The more grown-up people in the class that know about Kenny, the better. I am planning on giving both of these people demonstrations on what to do with all of Kenny's d-stuff.

So even if I forgot to mention this, that and the other thing during the meeting I know that she knows the most important details. I mean, let's face it, I could have spent all afternoon with this lady and she still wouldn't know all of the intricacies of taking care of a child with diabetes. It's also reassuring to know that, being at home during the day I am always available if there's a problem and just a two minute drive away from the school.

Okay...tummy shot time!

Tummy shots are probably one of the most common places to give insulin shots and for whatever reason, it's not a spot that Kenny has ever used. Up until a couple of weeks ago we had a site rotation of legs, bum, arms. One day he would get shots up and down his left arm, the next day his right arm, and so on.

At our last doctor/d-team appointment, they mentioned that we should try his tummy as well, and Kenny might even get a prize for doing this. He was willing, and eagerly tried it for his next shot.

We hadn't been using tummy shots because Kenny always complained about being ticklish, and frankly he's just so darned skinny there's not much fat down there, but we've been doing it and now I have it worked into our regular rotation. Kenny doesn't mind itb but he won't let me do Lantus there because "it hurts more than Humalog."

The funny coincidence is that whenever we've done tummy shots (twice now, which equals four days of Humalog) he's had one of those days where he's high. Not really high, but just holding steady in the 10 - 14 mmol range. It's probably nothing more than a weird coincidence, but I can't help but wonder...

Friday, August 30, 2013

Big Bug Update

I was pretty sure these weren't giant mosquitoes. I don't know why I didn't look them up before. I think once they all went away last year, I put the horrid things out of my mind. Right now, they have decided that my back lawn is a good breeding ground. You can't take a step without ten of them awkwardly flying away. And they really are awkward. It's like their legs are too big for their wings to hold up.

Despite the heat wave, the kids are reluctant to use the sprinkler or pool (and I can't say that I blame them).

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that they are craneflies. You can read about them here.

Previous posts about big bugs:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sugar Free Cupcake?

"Oh look! Mom's camera!!"

I've been bowling (twice), to a gymnastics club and to a school gym all in the name of keeping diabetes in check at birthday parties. Up until this summer, I never had to pass the time in somebody's house.

Any one who knows me well, knows that I am not the most sociable person in the universe. Earlier this summer, the mother of one of Kenny's friends knocks on our front door with an invitation for a birthday party. I only know this woman well enough to say 'hello' as we pass in the school hallway. She was aware that Kenny has diabetes. Sitting around some one's house, making awkward small talk is not my idea of a pleasant afternoon. But I'll gladly do it for Kenny to attend his best friend's actually wasn't as bad a anticipated once I got there.

While dropping off the invitation, she asked if she should make Kenny a sugar free cupcake. While pondering how one would even go about doing such a thing, I tell her that it is not necessary but could she please tell me what time they were planning on eating, so I could appropriately adjust his schedule.

The party was supposed to be outside, and the kids were supposed to entertain themselves in the small outdoor pool, but the weather that day had different ideas. It was cold and felt very much like the autumn, so everyone stayed inside watching movies and playing video games.

The food consisted of pizza (cut into small squares instead of the traditional triangle shape), cheesies and chips (of course he had to have some of each), and cupcakes. He had to settle for water because I forgot to bring his diet pop from home.


These weren't your ordinary every day cupcakes. They were a mix of vanilla and chocolate, with a good inch and a half layer of icing, topped with either a gummy worm or a marshmallow ice cream cone. Kenny chose the latter.

This thing probably had at least 60g of carbs in it alone! Add to that guesstimated serving sizes of cheesies, chips and pizza...he was a bit on the high side for the rest of the evening. I didn't even give him a bedtime snack.

Hee, hee...maybe I should have taken up the offer of the sugar free cupcake.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Goodbye Grandma

A couple of weeks ago my grandmother passed away. Even though I didn't see her as much as she would have liked or I would have liked over the past year or so, I know that my children and I would have been welcomed with open arms at any time. She would have entertained us with stories of when she was young mother or a child in Germany. She would have complained about her neighbors or the nurses taking care of her. We would have left with hugs and an I love you.

The other day, when I was uploading photos onto my new computer, I came across a lot of grandma pictures that I had forgotten I had even taken. Here they are:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Earwigs Everywhere

We went camping again. And once again, we stayed in a yurt.

I wanted to stay for longer, but there were only two night available when Tom was on holidays.It was great fun, Kenny and Miranda had fun swimming in the sub-zero temperatures of Lake Superior. He and Miranda gladly trotted out to their necks after their Memere, who came out for a short visit...Auntie Iris was smart, and stayed on the beach.
The campfire.

Warming up after swimming.

Miranda and I went on a hike with the friendly neighborhood mosquitoes. Up to the giant pudding stone (conglomerate) and from the boardwalk over the fen to the end, it was fine. But all points in the middle had us ankle deep in mud.
Frog on the trail.

Miranda in front of the big pudding stone.

Miranda on top of the big pudding stone.

The muddy trail.

I don't know why we kept going. Every time we got through a bad part, I thought well it can't get any worse than that, or we've made it this far, I don't want to go back through all the mud again to get out the other way.

Kenny had a couple of lows, not too bad. Luckily I had juice in the fridge inside the yurt...but the cups and measuring cup was outside in a bin on the deck. So out I go at 2:00a.m. armed with only a flashlight to search for these items. When I get out there, not only am I bombarded by an unusually large swarm of August mosquitoes, but I am confronted with about twenty earwigs moonbathing on the lid of the supply bin.

I had to put the flashlight down to remove the lid, so I was not really able to see where the earwigs were, or if they were moving around or anything. Hoping I wasn't about to squish any, I removed the lid keeping it straight so none of them would fall into the bin itself. Then I proceed to dig through the bin looking for my measuring cup and glass.

After finding them I replace the lid and go back in the yurt realizing that I have forgotten to bring a straw. I decide to try and get Kenny to drink without one. He does, but dribbles some on his sleeping bag and pajamas. At least he only needed one treatment.

On the second night, I was prepared. I had cups, the measuring cup and straws in the yurt all ready to go. Of course, I didn't need them.

Oh and the really fun part. The next day I found an earwig in my hat and when we got home, Miranda found an earwig hiding in one of the sheets we used on the bunk beds. I think I've gotten rid of them all now. We even brought some mosquitoes home with us. There were a couple in the van and one flew out of the supply bin when I was cleaning up.

Monday, June 17, 2013


I can't believe that it's been almost a month since I've posted anything. I've been busy painting my living room/hallway/accompanying ceilings and trim. Yeah, that took a while, but it's done and it looks awesome.

While I've been busy with household upgrades, Miranda has taken it upon herself to teach herself how to do "The Cup Song," using various Internet tutorials. This is the result (she originally put it in slow motion as well, but it stretched the video to almost five minutes...but it was quite amusing):

If you're interested in the original song, search "The Cup Song" on Youtube.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Down the Hatch

This is a super-healthy-your-body-won't-know-what-hit-it drink made with my fancy new Nutribullet "superfood nutrition extractor" that I got for my birthday. Looks like bile right? I'm pretty sure that given the right ingredients, it could even taste like it.

For me, the best way to get it down is to plug my nose and drink it fast like medicine.

All kidding aside, it's not really that bad; however, I haven't moved on to the more vegetable based ones yet. My favourite recipe so far is spinach, banana, 1/2 orange, 1/2 grapefruit, almonds.