Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Explaining Diabetes to a Baby

Last week we through of my best friends a surprise party for her birthday. The thing I loved the most about it was it felt a lot like a 90's sitcom where all of her friends pretended that we forgot her birthday or were too busy to celebrate her only to surprise her at the end of the episode with an epic party! We love her and were so happy to pull everything off. 

We all arrived early to get to the house before Cam did and to help set everything up. Our other bestie   had her little ones hanging around with us as we all got ready. One of her youngest, who just turned two, walked up to me while we were setting up and began to lift my shirt up. Shelby let me know that he wanted to see my belly button. I laughed a little and lifted my shirt to show him my belly button. Of course there is something on my stomach that most two year old have yet to experience, my pump site and tubing. 

Wes looked at my belly button, and then to my tubing, and then to me. You could see all the thoughts and questions running through his mind. I smiled at Wes and started to think of ways to explain your pump site to a two year old. This was very difficult. In most cases of explaining why I look like a robot to children, I just say something along the lines of thats my medicine. But would a two year old get that? Instead of trying to explain it to him, I chose to ask him where his belly button was. With a very proud smile he lifted his shirt to show me.

These are small things I feel you have to think of when you live with diabetes. How do you explain what your devices are to children who may not be able to understand the complex world of diabetes? I like my normal it gives me medicine line, but really that doesn't work for all children. Sometimes I get the "why?" response and other times they accept it and walk away. But really how do you explain to children what your devices are? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fussy Baby Vs. Painful Sensor

My mom, sister, and I were going on a shopping trip to begin celebrating my birthday week. Whenever I travel, I tend to grab my CGM to make my life a lot easier. When I was inserting it I decided to try a different spot on my stomach to...I don't know be a little adventurous, I am not entirely sure. After I inserted it, my sister dropped my niece off for me to watch, while she went to work. Daphne was still asleep when she got here, so I finished getting ready for the day and finished packing for our trip. The more I was moving around getting all my stuff together the more I started to notice how tender the new placement of my sensor was.

When Daphne wakes up from her naps you can't help yourself, you just have to pick her up because she snuggles up a storm and it's the best thing ever! As she started to wake up more she began to move around more. We did as we always do, we listened to music, danced, and played airplane. The more we played the more tender the spot on my stomach got. I decided to set her down and do some tummy time with her to give my CGM a breather from being rubbed by this wiggly little monster. Then the inevitable happened, no she didn't rip my sensor out, but she didn't want to be put down, she wanted to be held and like a fool I caved and agreed to hold her a little longer.

While we danced she kicked, when she kicked she rubbed and scraped my sensor. The more uncomfortable it got, the more I tried to find ways to set her down. I laid down next to her and tried to play with her, but she wasn't about that. I check if she was wet or hungry, she wasn't, she just wanted me to hold her and knew that I was enough of a sucker to give in. The kicking, scraping, and rubbing continued and I endured for nothing more than to keep my niece happy.

Parents with diabetes, what do you do in these sort of instances? Do you give up on your sensor and find a new placement? Do you just endure it because these wonderful creatures rule your worlds? One day I will have my own and am very curious to know some tips and tricks for days like these when it's a battle of the painful sensor verses a fussy baby.

Monday, August 11, 2014

An Open-Faced Breakfast BTL

One of the recipes I loved the most during my Diabetes Diet week was the egg, prosciutto, andVerses from my Kitchen. It was the first time I had ever poached an egg, which thanks to Google and a conversation with my mom I managed to do quite well. My hubs really enjoyed this recipe as well. He loves a breakfast sandwich and was happy about starting the day off with low carbs.

arugula sandwich by

I really did enjoy this recipe very much, but realized that for me prosciutto was too rich a taste first thing in the morning. I started to wrack my brain for other ways of doing this recipe and still keeping it diabetic friendly. And for some reason a BLT with an egg on it kept coming to my mind. Here is the recipe I came up with.


4 strips of bacon
2 eggs
1/2 an avocado
2 slices tomato
Baby lettuce 

1. Begin by cooking the bacon on your stovetop. I cheated and bought fully cooked bacon form Trader Joes, which you also can heat up on your stovetop.

2. While your bacon is cooking, slice your tomato and avocado into your desired thickness. Set aside until you begin to assemble your sandwich

3. Cut your bagel in half and toast to your desired crispiness. Then set aside. 

4. When you bacon is done, place on a paper towel and set aside. Leave the excess bacon grease in the pan to cook your eggs in. Gently crack your egg into the frying pan. Let the edges around the yolk  turn white. Then grab your spatula and gently flip your egg over trying not to break the yolk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and remove from pan.  

4. Now, it's time to assemble your sandwich. Grab your bagel and drizzle it lightly with olive oil. Then place a few pieces of arugula or baby lettuce, a slice of tomato, two pieces of bacon, your egg, and last add your avocado.  

I hope you like it!