504, IEP, and other educational jargon

Having taught for most of my adult life, and working with high-schoolers for the last 5 years, I am quite familiar with 504s and IEPs....more

The specter

Sometimes I think that, as a D-parent, I face the specter of my child's death every day. While that's not entirely true, sometimes I am scared. When she has a crazy low blood sugar reading or a blood sugar high that just won't come down, I feel the cold grip of fear grab at my chest, my stomach, and my knees. In the meantime, I have to act calm, as if I am merely a little tense, and not ...more

Good Friends, Bad Friends

 Along the journey through teenhood, every child likely has to face some decision making regarding her friends. Do I still hang around with that guy who smokes? That girl who is so boy crazy that she'll probably end up pregnant before she's 16? My reply has always been: If you find them to be valuable, and you are bringing them up, rather letting them bring you down, I will not interfere. After all, we have all made mistakes, and sometimes a good friend helps us to see the better path. Who am I to judge? ...more

Good friends, Bad friends

Along the journey through teenhood, every child likely has to face some decision making regarding her friends. Do I still hang around with that guy who smokes? That girl who is so boy crazy that she'll probably end up pregnant before she's 16? My reply has always been: If you find them to be valuable, and you are bringing them up, rather letting them bring you down, I will not interfere. After ...more

Instant gratification, the diabetic version

Still reading Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner and finding some useful tidbits. The author's style is much more friendly than I am accustomed to reading in the tomes through which I have usually slogged. One chapter especially caught my eye, as I know that it can be hard for M to understand what the big freaking deal is about maintaining a consistent blood glucose level. People often ...more

Diabetes Blog Week

As I continue this journey with my unwelcome guest, diabetes, I learn new stuff all the time. November is diabetes awareness month. The American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are both good organizations with differing philosophies. Some DNEs don't like it when you read or ask questions. And this week is Diabetes Blog Week. This is the time of year when we ...more

Ups, Downs, and Opinions

Shortly after M switched to Novolog, she also began lacrosse season, which usually requires a couple of weeks of adjustment. I am pretty sure that the timing could not have been worse. Having two major changes in lifestyle make the diabetic body, let's just say, unpredictable. Her blood sugar was a mess. 32! 595! 31! 536! AHHHHHH! This change and unpredictability sparked a lot of debate and ...more

Left out

It happens. I try to understand that it happens. I tell myself that I would rather have a person tell me that they are not ready for the responsibility of watching my daughter during a sleepover party, or on a trip to the beach. I tell myself that if they are not able to deal with my daughter having Type 1 diabetes, then I do not want them to be in charge of her care in a situation when I ...more

No choice

So a few weeks ago I receive a letter from our insurance company. It states that my daughter is on a medication that is "no longer a preferred medication".  And I think to myself, "Really. The only medication that she uses is insulin. Did you have an alternative for insulin you HMO bastard pieces of shit?" (We actually have a PPO, but I just love that quote.) Upon further investigation, it ...more

Story Time Success

I may have mentioned once or twice that I teach high school. I love this job. Kids keep you on your toes, and normal adults are so boringly well-behaved. I have a Spanish 1 class late in the day. This week we were learning "la mochila" (the backpack). In preparation for the lesson, I had packed one of M's backpacks with some typical and not so typical items that one might find in a ...more