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Thursday Thirteen #51

Thirteen things that are worth the effort

1. Raising children

2. Making the bed

3. Mowing and edging the lawn

4. Playing games with the kids

5. Driving the speed limit

6. Doing tasks right the first time

7. Making lists (so I don’t forget)

8. Spending less than I earn

9. Cooking dinner (instead of getting take out)

10. Planting flowers in the yard

11. Getting to know the parents of my children’s friends

12. Conserving electricity and water

13. Reusable bags (instead of new plastic bags all the time)

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February 23 – Fun with hair.

February 24 – The “Honk and Drive”

February 25 – I really like old houses with wrap around porches.

February 26 – The daffodils will be here soon!

visit with the endocrinologist

Youngest daughter’s appointment was today. She’s 5’4″ now, the same height as my mom and two inches shorter than me.

Her A1C was not so good this time. The A1C is a number obtained from a blood test that shows what the average blood sugar level has been for the past 2-3 months. The American Diabetes Association recommends that the A1C stay below 7 to avoid developing complications. Daughter’s A1C today was 13.5. Scary, huh? When translated to blood glucose levels, that means her average has been around 300.

We came up with a plan of action, changed daughter’s basal rate (the amount of insulin her pump gives her each hour) between the hours of 2:00 pm and midnight since that seems to be the time she has the most trouble with high blood sugar levels. We discussed changing food to insulin ratios (the amount of insulin she gets each time she consumes carbohydrates) and talked about more changes that we can make if today’s change doesn’t work. We’ll go back in 2 months and call before that if things aren’t going well.

Daughter’s blood sugar was 156 before dinner. YIPPEE! Much better already.

This big blue crayon stands outside the hospital where our diabetes care team’s offices are located.

high blood sugar, ketones = sleep deprived

I worked an hour late this afternoon since tomorrow is youngest daughter’s quarterly appointment with the endocrinologist. When I got home, she was in bed sleeping. Oldest daughter and son said she had a snack after school and then went to bed. Not typical behavior for her. Not at all.

I checked her temperature, no fever. Then I had her get up and check her blood sugar. 552. Her goal range is 80 to 150. She also has large ketones. The goal is to not have any ketones in the urine. Large = >160 mg/dL. These numbers worry me. Especially since her numbers were good this morning before I dropped her off at school. I wonder if this is the beginning of puberty and if this is a little taste of what the hormonal changes that come along with puberty can do to insulin and blood sugar levels in the body.

I’ll be up every 2 hours with her through the night checking blood sugar and ketones, hoping her numbers are back to normal by morning. I’m really glad that she has an appointment with the endocrinologist tomorrow afternoon.

UPDATE:  At 4:00 am, her blood sugar was 187.  I could finally sleep peacefully at that point, for 2 hours, until time to get up.

What’s in my crockpot

Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Coconut Rice

We’re not having coconut rice because I could not find coconut milk in my grocery store yesterday.  Do you know which section it would be in at a typical grocery store?  I wandered up and down and did not ever locate anyone who could help me.  Finally I decided we’d just have plain rice and call it good.

My house smells divine.  I cannot wait until it’s time for dinner!


I just upgraded this blog to the newest version of WordPress using the tutorial that Leanne Wildermuth has posted on her blog.

After much trepidation and procrastination, the actual installation and upgrade was not half as scary as I thought it would be.


How I developed My “Mad-Eye” and a Seventh Sense

This article is very well written and insightful. My journey from knowing nothing about type I diabetes to having it be part of every moment has been very much like this author described her own journey.

photos for the week

I’ve not posted a single photo since Valentine’s Day. Oh the horror!

Photos have been taken. Yes, indeed, they have. A bit of uploading slacking has been going on around here.

February 15: All these blood sugar meters are in my house somewhere (with the exception of two that are at the middle school – one in youngest daughter’s locker and one in the counselor’s office). Only two can be found. I think the rest are in the black hole under youngest daughter’s bed.

February 16: Carmen, please call Jamall (At least, I think that’s his name). He wrote his phone number on this dollar for you.

February 17: The railing and lattice on the front of my house has oak leaves with acorns. It reminds me of the big oak trees we had in our yard when I was growing up. I don’t have big trees at my house now.

February 18: This wooden fan is in my bedroom. Mom brought it back from a three week trip to China that she took a couple of summers ago.

February 19: I love this wreath, but have no idea how to clean it.

February 20: My shadowbox.

February 21: My 12 year old son, who is quite a bit taller than me these days.

February 22: I love the irony of the sign above these two little guys. It cracks me up!

Imperfect men are just… better

I recently read this article by Claudia Goulder and wanted to keep a link here.

There’s something endearing about someone who is not afraid of being true to who they are.

Thanks, marijose for posting a link to the article on The Johnny Depp Zone.

coke tab

My twelve year old son asked me last night if a coke tab that he swallowed yesterday (accidentally he says – how do you do that accidentally??) will come out later when he goes to the bathroom.

I said that I thought it would.

Have you ever heard of anyone doing something like this? Now I’m worried that it will cause an obstruction in his bowels and that he will need surgery to have it removed and to repair any damage it causes.

I really cannot believe that I’m even thinking about this.

EDIT:  I called the pediatrician this morning.  The nurse told me that it should pass within a week.  If he has abdominal pain, I’m to take him to the ER immediately.

lunar eclipse

I tried to watch the lunar eclipse with the kids tonight (at 9:01 pm CST), thinking of what a fun memory that would be to have together, but it’s too cloudy to see anything besides all the clouds.  😦

Thursday Thirteen #50

Thirteen of my favorite podcasts:

1. This American Life

2. Barnes & Noble’s Meet the Writers

3. The Dave Ramsey Show

4. Divorcing Daze

5. Manic Mommies

6. More Hip Than Hippie

7. MuggleCast

8. The Pet Vet

9. What Really Matters

10. Jumping Monkeys

11. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

12. The DivaCast

13. NPR Sunday Puzzle

*bonus* 14. Slate’s Audio Book Club

*bonus* 15.  The Diabetes Power Show


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

3 months

It’s been three months since my niece Megan died.

I miss her.


I saw this quote over at The DHX.

“We need to be the people we want our children to become.” — Rafe Esquith, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

This statement reminds me that one of the most important things I will do is parent my children.

recent searches

I write about a variety of things, as is shown by these recent searches that brought visitors to my blog.

fake fingernails for kids – My youngest daughter loves to wear fake fingernails. The press-on kind, the glue-on kind, but not ever the salon-acrylic kind. She buys them with her allowance, glues them on, decides they’re too long, clips them, files them, then takes them off. All in the span of about two hours. Each time the same thing happens.

thoughts on inventions – Many times I wish I’d have invented something I thought about once and then forgot. I later sometimes see these things on store shelves, like Wal-Mart and Target. Usually in the one-dollar extravaganza section! (kidding)

Oprah’s birthday – It’s January 29, 1954. I know this because a couple of years ago, my oldest child was upset with me (because I insisted that she clean her room) and said she thought Oprah was a better mother to her than I was. She said that on January 28. The day before Oprah’s birthday. How’s that for irony?

countdown ticker for blog for moving to a new home – I have had various countdown tickers on my blog over the time I’ve had it. I don’t have any active countdown tickers at this time, though.

3D – Finally a reason for this search to turn up my blog! My daughters saw the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana 3D movie a couple of weeks ago. They LOVED it!

Jonathan Waitman – This is the guy who I saw on one of the morning shows talking about how fat produces estrogen. My doctor (at the time) argued with me and said this was not true. She is no longer my doctor.

ebook “post secret” – I’ve not seen Post Secret as an ebook. I know you can purchase several volumes of the Post Secret books, though. Check your local bookstore or one of the internet bookstores. Shouldn’t be hard to find the books. I check the website each week to see the newest batch of postcards. Do you?

Harry Potter tattoo – I’ve considered getting a tattoo, but have not ever found something that I’d want to have on my flesh for the rest of my days. It’s such a permanent thing. I guess that’s the point, huh? I did have a temporary tattoo for the seventh Harry Potter book release party. I put it on my hand.

fish memory span – Sometimes I think I have the memory span of a goldfish. If I didn’t keep a running list of things I need to get done, I’m sure I’d accomplish nothing.

June 20 in 1933 weather forecast – My grandparents were married on New Year’s Eve in 1933. But that was not in June and I have no idea what the weather was like on that date.

fat produces estrogen – Yes, it does. Just like Jonathan Waitman said (see above).

Grinch Name – My Grinch name is Moodygrump Fussyfinger. Look at this post to find your Grinch name.

“find yourself saying” idioms – I often find myself saying things as a parent that I never would have imagined I’d say.