Let's Chat {Random Ramblings}

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, tea, whatever you fancy, and let's catch up.

It's been a trying few weeks here, but I feel as if the fog is lifting.

Most of you know, but in case you haven't stopped by in a while, my youngest daughter Harper who is 8 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 3 weeks ago. You can read about how we found out and what we learned from her diagnosis.

We are slowly easing into new routines and all that comes with a life with diabetes. In fact, just the other day, Emma said she forgets life pre-diabetes and that it seems as if we have always been giving Harper her insulin injections. Of course, easy for her to say. She's not the one meticulously counting carbs and administering the shots.

But, it's true. Sometimes when you are forced into a new life, you quickly forget about the old one. You have no choice but to abandon the old one and make room for the new one.

Now that the dust has started to settle, I am going to reach out to other type 1 parents who friends have recommended. I'm excited to make some connections and talk to others in the trenches.

I'm also hoping to get back to a normal blogging schedule. I miss blogging on a daily basis. I've been taking some time off from blogging so that I can research type 1 diabetes. There is so much to learn and to know, and most days it seems as if I'll never have a handle on all this knowledge. But each day, I block out some time to either do some online research or to read one of the books we were given in the hospital.

Today she has a stomach virus. Diabetes is even more difficult to manage when you are ill. So, we are challenged with closely monitoring her blood glucose numbers and her insulin intake since she's hardly eating. We had plans to go to north Jersey for a St. Patrick's Day parade and join some best friends for dinner afterwards, but we had to cancel.

So, our friends offered to bring the corned beef and cabbage to us today. How sweet is that? Totally grateful for good friends.

And then there's everyday life. This year's big event is Harper's first Holy Communion, which is coming up on May 3rd. She's excited to take "snack time" at mass. Not gonna lie...that's what she calls it. Hopefully, through her religious education over the next few weeks, she'll understand that Communion symbolizes so much more than that.

Let's chat about Lent. Did you give up anything? I gave up Starbucks, and honestly, the first 2 days were the worst. Now, I don't even think about it. Will power is a very powerful thing. Now, if I could just pull myself away from the Girl Scout cookies. I think I'll give those up for the remainder of Lent. Those things are delicious but evil on your hips.

And...the big news this week is that I started oil pulling. Do you do this? I've read so much about oil pulling that I just had to try it. I never thought I'd be able to swish coconut oil in my mouth for a full 20 minutes, but some things surprise you. I am anxious to see if there are long term dental health benefits. I always have plaque build-up at my 6-month visits. I'm hoping oil pulling will change that, if nothing else.

Has anyone read any good books lately? Seen any good movies? I haven't been able to get into any of the books I've started reading, and I'm in the mood for a really good one. Let me know if you have a recommendation.

I think that's about it for now. Leave a comment and let me know what you've been up to!

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