Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010, what I have learned this year...

As I look back at 2010, the day that stands out most to me is not my baby boy's first birthday (Feb 13) but March 8 (for those of you who have not read Bekah's dx story)

What I learned in 2010:

I learned what it feels like to be scared for you child's life knowing that she might not make it out of PICU

I learned what the term DKA means and that I never want to hear it again

I learned just how complicated and scary diabetes is especially when it is your child

I learned that when it comes to my kids, I can conquer fears that I never though I would (I had a huge fear of needles prior to 3/8)

I learned how to dose insulin and what insulin to carb ratios are and how they change quickly

I learned that the word honeymoon is not always a good thing

I learned what it is like to hold your screaming child as you give her a shot that you know will save her life

I learned what it feels like to have a child with a chronic illness

I learned how difficult it is to sleep when you know that illness could steal her away in her sleep with out any warning

I learned that I can function on very little sleep (albeit not great but I can still walk and talk)

I learned how to take care of a T1D when they are sick

I learned how to test for ketones and just how dangerous they can be

I learned how to organize drawers full of medical supplies

I learned to ALWAYS trust my mommy instincts

I learned how to program an insulin pump and what a basal rate is

I learned how to insert an inset and what it feels like (I started with myself)

I learned that pumping insulin is hard work but worth it for my baby girl

I learned that diabetes is a very expensive disease to manage

I learned what a 504 plan is, how to write one and advocate for my daughter

I learned that I love Juicy Juice and it's power to bring up a BG in the middle of the night

I learned how proud I could be as I watched my daughter give herself her first shot and then inserted insets on her own

I learned that I can raise money for a cause when it is close to my heart and even lead a team to win an award

I learned how amazing this thing called the DOC is and when 2010 began, I didn't know any of them.  As 2010 is coming to a close I know I wouldn't have been able to make it this far with out them.  Thank-you for your friendship and support!  I hope 2011 blesses your socks off!


  1. The DOC is AMAZING!!! I too, am sooooo glad that I found you and all of my other fellow D-bloggers :)

    Isn't it amazing the things we have all learned...and learned so quickly! T1D puts the urgency in learning how to 'master' the d-skills needed to keep our kids healthy and alive.

    I'm so glad that you started to blog with this great group of d-mamas, you are an amazing woman, mama and mama-pancreas :)

    And YES...lets all hope that 2011 blesses our socks off!!! Hugs and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. Happy New Year to you my dear friend. Funny...I didn't even know a DOC existed until Feb of 2010. Weird huh? I am so fortunate to have you in my life. (((HUGS))). BTW, you have rocked the Mama Pancreas thing girl. To think you are so new to it amazes me. I wish I had your strength as early on in Joe's diagnosis as you have in Bekah's journey.

  3. Happy New Year to you too, my friend. Much health, peace and happiness are being sent your way for the new year.

  4. That's a lot of learning for just one year... well done! Happy New Year to an amazing pancreas, mom, friend and member of the DOC!

  5. In 2010 I learned about this awesome gal named Heidi who has a very special family :)

  6. God has grown us a lot this year. You have such a good attitude!

    I will say....I hope there are fewer lessons for us in 2011!! LOL!

    Love you!