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Diabetes Mama

 

 

According to the ADA every twenty-four hours 4,110 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. I never thought I would be the mom of a diabetic child. And neither did any other parent.

We ate better than the Standard American Diet. Sweet foods were a treat not a daily occurrence. They were eaten after a meal to avoid large sugar spikes. Well, there was that one time she was with the older girls just after Halloween and overindulged in sugar. My child was miserable the next day. She didn't do that again.

Due to my chemical sensitivities my daughter was raised in an almost chemical free home. I never thought we had to worry about diabetes.

Then she went away to school and ate what they pass off as "food". She wanted to fit in and not be the "weird" kid that ate organic food. Mix in a lot of stress, not enough sleep, getting sick and not getting better, and you have the recipe for something bad to happen.

And it did.

She was diagnosed with DKA*...and life totally changed. And too many of you know exactly what I am talking about.

 

Now we are obsessed with numbers. Highs, lows, how many units of insulin, how many carbs. And who can forget insurance co-pays and the ever variable price of insulin and glucagon?

 

Living as a diabetic has many challenges and can be tough. Diabetes is also rough on the caregivers. We are up late and often during the night. We lose sleep. We probably drink too much coffee. Many have to make sacrifices to make sure there are enough funds available to cover the diabetes supplies. And we do so because of the diabetic we love dearly.

 

Sadly we caregivers can lose sight of ourselves. We forget to take care of us. We forget we need to make time for some much needed selfcare. If we don't take care of ourselves we get in trouble. I know this from personal experience. If we ignore our own needs we can get too worn down to care for those who depend on us.

 

I was reading some posts in a facebook group and a number of members said they didn't know how to self care. This made me sad. Selfcare can be fancy and expensive but it doesn't have to be. It can be a simple as a long, relaxing bath. What about a nice walk in a park or around the neighborhood? Some days it's a quick nap.

 

If you have need support taking care of yourself contact me and let's schedule a Free 15 minute Discovery Call. Together we will create a plan that allows you to care for yourself, and continue to care for the diabetic(s) you love.

 

Ten dollars from every Selfcare for Caregivers' Package sold will be donated to diabetes research and support groups.

 

 

 

 

*Dka is diabetic ketoacidosis. It looks like a cold or flu. DKA has rapid onset, usually less than 24 hours. It is characterized by high blood glucose and acidic blood. It can be life threatening. If you suspect DKA seek immediate medical attention.

 


 

Selfcare for Caregivers Package

 

 

 

 

$297* includes:

Six one hour consults, twice a month for three months

Two Nutritional Assessments, review of first assessment will be at first or second call. Second assessment will be taken after last call. Review will be sent by email. If you prefer a thirty minute call to review results that can be added for $35

Reasonable email contact between consultations
15% off quality supplements through Natural Partners and Fullscript

For each package purchased I will donate $10 to a diabetes research or support group

 

 

 

During the three months we will work on:

Easy ways to work selfcare into your regular schedule

Having fun! We need it

Easy ways to get some toxins out of your home

The importance of taking time for ourselves

Learning that "no" is an acceptable answer

And more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we won't do:

There will be no caffeine shaming!

I may be a Health Coach and I have studied nutrition for years but I am also the mom of a diabetic with a CGM that screams for my attention some nights. The only thing I will say about caffeinated beverages - if you drink them, drink some extra water during the day to offset the dehydration caused by the caffeine.

 

Here is the link to my calendar. Pick a time that works for you and let's have a FREE fifteen minute Discovery Call.

 

 

*This price will not last long. This is the introductory price. The value of the program is over $1000. 

 



 

 

Another night.. I am sitting here watching my Dexcom Share app. She is barely low. Do I wake her? Do I ride this out and see what happens? When do I call her and tell her she is low and needs a juice box. I thought I was beyond buying juice boxes for her, but I am not.

 

I hate Dexcom! I love Dexcom! Let’s be honest, I HATE diabetes! It is a horrid, horrid disease that no one should have to deal with, ever.

 

Her diabetes is autoimmune. The docs believe a virus attacked her pancreas. We never received a real cause. The docs really didn’t know. Diabetes, rude and obnoxious, forced its’ way into our lives. It appears it will be here for a long time. I intend to show it the curb.

 

I thought I knew about diabetes prior to my child being attacked by this hideous monster. I knew nothing. I learned the hard way, at my child’s expense.

 

Oh, she is no longer low. Glad I didn’t bug her, this time. But how long will this last? All night – I can hope. Five minutes until the next update? Will that dang alarm wake me up in thirty minutes and keep me up for a while?

 

I hate diabetes!

 

No wonder parents of diabetics drink a lot of coffee. Ok, diabetics drink coffee too, even when it spikes their blood glucose levels. We need our crutches after poor sleep the night before. (And let’s be honest, we like the taste too.)

 

So far her dip low seems to be a fleeting thing, this night. Please dear God. Please God let all our children have stable blood glucose levels, always.

 

Will her low be a fleeting thing? Anyone who is a diabetic, or loves a diabetic, knows things can change in a blink of an eye, for no reason. We can do everything right and still go low or high for no reason.

 

And that is one of the things that makes diabetes so hard to deal with. What worked today may not work tomorrow. We were told by her first endo, “Don’t try to figure out all the reasons why things do/don’t work.” Diabetes is an ever-changing beast.

Diabetes should crawl into a hole and die.

 

She is hanging in there. Blood glucose just above her low. Hope it stays in the good zone tonight. Crud, just dropped a bit….  I want to sleep. I’m afraid to sleep. If I call and she drinks a small juice box how far will she spike high? Then I have to decide do I call and wake her to let her know she is high? At what point is she so high she needs to take extra insulin?

 

I must consider if I call will she be aware she is talking to me? Will she remember the call tomorrow? We have spoken and the next day she doesn’t recall it. A friend called her one night and she said she was drinking a juice box. NOT! And then she went back to sleep. She didn’t even get the straw into the juice box.

 

I hate the sleep stealing disease known as diabetes!

 

She had dipped low again. I will keep watching. Even though I want to sleep I will stay up and watch. As I told her, more than once, it’s part of my job.

On the radio they just said it is bad to sleep with your phone. They don’t love a diabetic. I don’t want to sleep with my phone, I have to. It keeps me informed on her blood glucose levels. When I sleep the dang phone is on the bed within arm’s reach, always.

 

I HATE diabetes!

 

So far so good. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good night but I know I shouldn’t expect one. I actually think this is going to be a rough night. I expect the alarm to go off, more than once, telling me she is low. In spite of that I am grateful she wears a Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitor. We fought getting one. But what a gift! Sure it isn’t perfect but it beats nothing. And losing sleep is a small price to pay to keep her alive. Dexcom allows us to treat the highs and lows we might have missed without the Dexcom. Let’s be honest, Dexcom has saved lives.

 

It’s late, and my Mac’s battery is running low, as is mine. She is just barely above low… I am going to chance it. I am going to bed. Keeping my fingers crossed that her blood glucose stays in a good range tonight and all get a good night’s sleep. I wish that for parents of diabetics and all diabetics. Always. More importantly I hope a cure is found, soon.

 

Dang! She just dipped low again.

 

I hate diabetes.

 

 

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