Almost a week later…

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Well as we come up on 1 week from the time of diagnosis, I almost can’t believe it has been that long.  Last Tuesday it all started and it seems literally like yesterday.  I apologize to everyone for the lack of updates either on here on phone.  Honestly, like I said, I find it hard to believe it has gone by so quickly.  We just got back from Southern Maryland as I had to go for work, but was lucky enough that since Matthew didn’t have school every came with me so we didn’t have to be apart.  The quick overnight trip was good and I think beneficial in the sense that it was the first time we really had to go anywhere after the diagnosis.  Now Michelle usually packs like crazy anyway, so you can imagine this was even more so 🙂

Anyway, , I would dare to say is taking this better than both of us 🙂  I have to say we really do have some great kids.  She has gotten to the point now where the finger sticks to test her blood are OK.  She doesn’t fight, she doesn’t even cry when it happens.  She will even tell us it didn’t work if we aren’t holding it tight enough to her finger 🙂  The shots still are a battle and I expect them to be for quite awhile, but we just have to deal with them.  Four times a day getting a needle stuck in you just plain sucks.

Other than that the biggest issue for all of us is food.  For a child who literally ate all day long without stopping, it is extremely difficult to tell her no you can’t eat that now.  We have to keep her on a bit of a schedule plus anything she eats outside of meals has to be “free” food which contains no or very little carbs so it does not affect her blood glucose.  The night before we left for Maryland I think we shopped in Acme for about 3-4 hours, mostly staring at labels trying to find low/no carb snacks that she can eat.  As much as she would like, she can’t survive on nothing but cheese sticks all day long 🙂  From here on out, the biggest hurdle for us will be cooking.  Michelle I think is scared to death to try and cook because it is so difficult knowing how many carbs are in anything she cooks.  We purchased some diabetic and low carb cookbooks at Borders the other day, so I hope that helps her out.  Ultimately I think it won’t matter as much as she thinks, but until she actually does it and puts it in practice, that’s another story.

The good thing is her blood glucose has been “normal” around 190 for a few days now, minus a peak once or twice, but nothing too serious.  I guess that means we are doing things the right way, but who knows.  Like I said, she is taking it in stride, it’s Mommy and Daddy that could have a nervous breakdown at any moment 😉

Anyway, enough babble.  There you go, another quickie update hopefully giving you a glimpse of how she is doing.  How we are doing.  Now to try and tackle getting rid of or hiding all the food she can’t eat around the house 🙂  I also want to say thank you to everyone again that has reached out to us.  It amazes me how many people have sent some encouragement or prayers our way.  I truly feel loved and cared about, and I can’t thank you all enough for that.  I love you all!

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