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(T1D) Type 1 Diabetes – Mom’s Journal

July 10, 2018 was an epic day!  I found out my 17-year old son, Kaden, had diabetes type 1.  Weeks earlier he had looked pale, thin and frail.  Not his usual rough and tough appearance.  I kept telling him he needed more sleep and we need to eat right, etc.  Finally, he told us that he had an insatiable thirst.  My husband (Luke), who has type 2 diabetes, recognized this sign.  We immediately knew we needed to get his blood tested.

But, Luke rarely tests his blood, and Kaden and our youngest daughter (Mandy) had taken the meter stuff to use with their microscope set…..and now, we couldn’t find it!

So I made an appointment with the Dr. for an AC1 test.  On Monday, My husband texted me that the AC1 was 12.5.  I googled the normal range and responded….”Oh, no I think he has diabetes!”

So, the Dr. decided to assume it was type 2 diabetes since that’s what my husband had.  But, the next day, July 10th, at our scheduled dietitian appointment, the doctor came in and told us that it was type 1 and to go home, get a change of underwear and head to Primary Children’s hospital in Salt Lake.

Wow!  The journey begins!

At first, sad, confused, worried…..the expense, the hassle of counting carbs, adjusting with insulin!  Wow.

But, I noticed my son had a great outlook — what a blessing!  Why should I be feeling low when Kaden was still ready for his bowling tournament in Texas — in just a few days.  I’m sure he was grappling with untold emotions — teetering between surprise, worry, fear, sadness, etc….but, he sure hid it well!  He just was going on with life, going out with his friends, learning how to count carbs, inject correctly and at the right dosages.  What a trooper!  I felt ashamed of myself.

Now, I decided, good can come from this.  Blessings will come right along with the challenge.

I am actually getting excited about learning new ideas, educating myself and connecting with others who are on this road of Diabetes.  I have already had friends contact me with encouragement and tips….I didn’t even know they had Type 1!…..”I don’t hide it, but I don’t let it define me”  said my neighbor friend Diantha.

So, here we are on this ride!  God bless us all as we struggle with our challenges, whatever they may be.

Sincerely, Linett

 

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Do All Things For Christ

All people (including ourselves) and all things are imperfect, and therefore they can let us down; but never our Savior.  We can count on Him.  So, do all things for the Lord, with an eye single to His glory.

Get up and try again when we mess up (for the billionth time).  Stay calm and breathe deep for Jesus.  Keep on for Jesus, despite difficult struggles and discouraging events.  Smile for Him (especially when we don’t feel much like it).  Hold onto faith, hope and belief when we feel confused, doubtful or afraid.  Reach for His peace and grace when we feel upset, worried or angry.  Try to have a good attitude and be grateful when we are discouraged or sick.  Forgive when we have been hurt and it is hard to let it go.  Serve our families and others when we are “weary in well-doing”.  Fight (dismiss) compulsions and addictions for the Lord.

Do all things for Him because……..

We are His children, and He wants us to be successful and happy.

 

 

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Tweaks to Tame Cravings

Life can be stressful, overwhelming and suck the joy right out of us at times.  It feels like my core belief is that food will bring comfort and soothe stress. (“Everything will be alright if I can just chew on something tasty!”).  I also keep eating because I mistakenly believe it will provide energy and motivation to finish my work (I really need a drink, some rest or a nap!)

Perhaps you turn to some other “comfort habits”.  These simple ideas can be adjusted to relieve a variety of cravings and addictions.  Try one or more of these “tweaks”:

  1.  Delay for just 10-15 minutes (often a craving will pass).  Remove yourself from any temptation and refocus your body and mind to another engaging activity.   Say “no, dismissed, depart, stop or silence” aloud if it helps.
  2. Sip water (strong cravings often result when we are dehydrated).
  3.  Brush/floss your teeth and put any extra food away or in the garbage.   If needed, chew gum or suck on hard candy (limit self to one or two — sugar-free if desired).  Or, put a “night-guard” in your mouth.
  4. Exercise or stretch (Even 10 minutes).  A walk in the sunshine is great, but anything will do.  Endorphins are especially increased when doing intervals (go higher intensity for a few minutes, then lower again).
  5. Munch on wholesome, nourishing foods (veggies, apples, salad, whole grains, quality protein, etc.).  Eat less sugars and highly processed carbohydrates.
  6. Eat mindfully at meal times and even for snacks (try not to multi-task).  Fully enjoying food helps us feel more satisfied.
  7. Take a nap, rest or just breathe and feel grateful.
  8. Take a vitamin, omega 3’s, or supplements that you intuitively feel your body needs.
  9. Listen to music and sing, dance or do an easy chore.
  10. Do something you enjoy that distracts you and fully engages your mind and/or body.  (Keep a list handy:  such things as writing, drawing, showering, soaking and massaging feet, googling, gaming, reading, meditating, looking at a photo album, holding a pet, playing an instrument, chatting with friends or family, etc.)
  11. Do one thing at a time.  This lowers stress which reduces cravings.
  12. Ditch all-or-nothing (perfectionist) thinking.  If you mess-up, so what!  That is life.  Every moment is an opportunity for a fresh new start.  Get up, brush yourself off and keep on!  Believe, get new vision and hope and do better!  Keep a crisp, new, fresh, youthful, disciplined, strong, calm, confident, capable, content, courageous, heroic vision of yourself in the forefront of your mind.
  13. Remember: You can never get enough of what you don’t really need, and you cannot stay “hungry” or “tasty” unless you keep thinking about food.  So STOP thinking about food, and get your mind on something new.  Believe!    Our thoughts are powerful.  We desire, become and draw into our life what we constantly think about.   Thankfully, we do not have to dwell on every thought that comes into our minds.  Get rid of unwanted thoughts immediately.  Dismiss them without further deliberation.  Again, in your mind’s eye, change the vision you have of yourself from weak to well-able.
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Trying to get motivated — not feeling well: tired, worn out, a bit discouraged, ….. I found a good post to share from Reclaiming Hope.

Sometime Life is just tough!  Terri says: “During these times it’s difficult to (see any good)….. but one day, we wake up and realize that what we thought was just a pile of garbage is producing something that enriches our lives.”  See post by Terri in Reclaiming Hope

via Lessons From The Compost Pile: Turning Fibromyalgia “Garbage” Into Gold

Reclaiming hope! That is what I want to do today. I want to study and learn about ways to get myself motivated! Also read scriptures and pray.  I want to believe and do one thing at a time….keeping on with gratitude despite not feeling well.  I want to keep discouragement from taking a good foot hold in my heart.

Photo by Luca Bravo (Light House in France)

Combatting depression and emotional meltdowns — Excellent blog post (for moms or anyone) by To Jesus Sincerely

We don’t have to constantly live on the verge of losing it. It takes dedication, but we can take back our sanity! Use the Healthy Mind Platter and Emotional Thermometer to maintain wellness.

via “Before I Lose It” – A Mom’s Guide to Sanity — To Jesus Sincerely

Keep On! Line-upon-line, one-step-at-a-time — Living Joyfully as much as possible.

I am reminded of a quote by Queen Clarisse from the Princess Diaries. … regarding problems in life or obstacles….. ‘Amelia, you wouldn’t stop driving your Mustang just because a couple of insects hit the windshield?’

Nor should I stop living and loving life, just because I have some weaknesses, problems, challenges, health concerns, mistakes I’ve made, etc!   Live and love life! Love God! Love Others! Feel Gratitude and keep On!

Focus on the good!

” Maybe the moon just lost herself gazing too long at the brilliance of the sun and that’s how she got her glow . And maybe we are made of the same mysterious sort of magic that makes us magnify and mirror whatever we look at the most .” – Cristen Rodgers.   (quoted in Wonder Seeker’s WordPress Blog  — highly recommended!)

“I have learned to ignore things that I can’t change because that is one of the greatest paths to inner peace. When you can’t control what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening. Everyday I choose healing for my heart, mind, body and spirit. Because I know that this journey is my own unique experience.”  wonderseekersblog

“In whatever we do, we should not decide nor act out of a spirit of fear. Truly, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7). (Do you realize the idea of “fear not” is emphasized throughout the scriptures?) The Lord has taught me that discouragement and fear are tools of the adversary. The Lord’s answer to hard times is to go forward with faith.”  (Stanley G. Ellis)

We will trust in God, for we are encircled about in his everlasting arms of unfailing love.

God is our protector.  He is our refuge, shield and defense — ever present in time of need.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

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“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”Deuteronomy 31:6

‘The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.’  Psalm 34:7

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”  Psalm 56:3

I know that God lives and sent his son, Jesus Christ, to suffer every imaginable pain and sorrow in our behalf, that our anguish might be swallowed-up by him.  I know that God will help us as nations, communities, families and individuals with our seemingly insurmountable problems as we turn to him.   I know that God’s spirit can be with us to comfort, guide, inspire and motivate us to build a better world.  – Lineah

“A testimony is to be found in the bearing it!” Boyd K. Packer

Memorized Scriptures are like an Army of Powerful Protective Soldiers at your disposal — Ready to battle the enemy….Weakness, fear, worry, doubt, anger, sorrow, fatigue, overwhelm….You name it, they fight it.

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Photo by Matt Briney — Middleburg, U.S.  Civil War Soldiers

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“Give” says the little dancing stream; singing and offering fresh water as it travels happily along its journey! That which we give shall return unto us in abundance.

Peaceful, beautiful waterfall Photo by Jeffrey Workman

Fear not to do goodmy sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward. “Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

Flower Photo by Rodion Kutsaev