Monday, February 28, 2011

Normal schmormal

When I say that someone is "normal", that is one of the greatest compliments I can give. Thankfully I am able to be surrounded by normal even when everything in the middle seems just the opposite. A few nights ago I went out with a bunch of girl friends for a fabulous, loud, and much needed dinner date. All of us are married, some of us have kids, but only one of us has a kid with some sort of "special need". While that might seem sad or lonely to be in that position; at dinner that night being the "only" was exactly what i needed. It was a break from everything stressful and everything diabetes. In fact I don't even think we talked about our kids all that much! It was truly refreshing to feel normal for three hours. If you are a parent, especially a parent of a child with a chronic illness or special need, I want you to get help, get out, and get excited about it! You will be a better parent, spouse, person, etc, if you let someone help you! I can honestly say I have a TEAM of people helping me raise my daughters. I would not be able to be the person that I am without my husband, my mother in law, ALL my in laws, my parents, my daughter's teachers, and of course my normal, lovely and amazing friends that let me whine and gripe about high blood sugars, germs, confusion, and frustration. Because of the normal people on my team, I cant claim that one second of my day is harder than that of any other parent. I know I can depend on my team to help me find my new normal. If you can't remember the last time you had a break, take one today and get back to feeling "normal".


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

From the start

I'm not exactly sure where to start. I think I'll hold off on telling the story about the day we ended up in the hospital and left a week later with a 9 month old diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I think I want to start by saying, hello, readers! This is a place for parents of kids with type 1, and for parents of kids without. It is for grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, and babysitters. Type 1 Diabetes is very foreign and misunderstood in most circles, and I want to clear the fog. I have never made claims that my everyday life is any more difficult than anyone elses, but I do think there is a lot about my daily life that most are unaware of. Chronic illness is a lonely place to be, so if you are feeling left and stuck in that place, hang in there. Until tomorrow.....

Romans 8:18