Woman, Independent Parent, Artist, Advocate, Artifical Pancreas.... and EVERYTHING in between.

I am blessed to be parenting two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven. My youngest nearly lost her life at age six (August 2010) to diabetic ketoacidosis: an often fatal consequences of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. This is OUR journey: raw and sometimes, uncensored.

Thank you for visiting wishing good health and a cooperative pancreas to you and yours.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Sweetest Thing

The prompt for tomorrow is "One Great Thing" which, to me, in diabeteesneese (the fluent language of diabetes) translates into "The Sweetest Thing".  Celebrating something diabetes related that you do well.... really well.

Now you might be asking yourself, the prompt for tomorrow? Yes, it seems I am jumping the gun and pouncing on these prompts a day ahead of time. In all honesty, I'm nervous that if I don't... it won't get done. THAT is the plight of the single mother.  Do what you can, WHEN you can, lest it not get done at all!

So what are the sweetest things I do well in managing Rowan's diabetes?  I'm going to toss two out there, give myself an extra pat on the back.

I am good at respecting my Sugar Mama Spidie Senses.  That's what I call my intuition, my diabetic radar.  I don't second guess myself. If a thought comes into my mind "she needs to be tested" I don't weight it with reason or logic, I respect the Sugar Mama Spidie Senses. Sometimes I'm wrong, but more often than not, I'm right, or at least on the right path.  For example, late last night, I crept into Rowan's room when she was asleep to open her bedroom window a bit (it was a scorcher here for us yesterday). She was not due to be tested. She had been tested 90 minutes earlier, and she was fine.  But there was something in a little moan that she let out in her sleep. Truthfully, I suspected she'd be high... either way, I'm grateful I tested, because she was in fact 2.6 mmol/L (46 mg).  Forever grateful to the Sugar Mama Spidie Senses.

The second thing I rock at, and honestly, I think this one is a little bit more specific to just me.  Most mothers have intuition, but not every mother can recognize the "art" in living the type 1 diabetes life.  But being able to apply the creative to this pancreatic challenged journey, seems to be my niche. Currently, I'm working on the second annual edition of "My Daughter's Journey" a black and white creative art zine focusing on managing a child's type 1 diabetes.  While I don't have any images to share as of right this moment for the upcoming zine, instead, I share for you one of the canvases I created in the hopes of one day having an art show focusing on type 1 diabetes and the impact on the family unit.

If you would like to see more of my type 1 diabetic creations, I invite you to visit my FaceBook artist page Krystin Goodsell, mixed media visual artist and check out the album DX Age 6.

Wishing you and yours cooperative pancreases and happy numbers!

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