Fighting for a CURE!

Fighting for a CURE!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010


As most of you I'm sure are aware food is our number one weakness or at least it is mine. However, I am not a Diabetic but my son is. He is on a strict plan the Doctors have deemed fit for him 40-55g carbs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and 25-30g carbs for snacks. Now, before I have always considered myself semi-healthy mom, since I never had to worry about it. My kids are all very active and have a blazing fast metabolism (lil devils!) which has always worked quite well for me in the past, if they ate pizza I know with in a hour they would have burned about 20% of those carbs & calories. I did and have not ever made it a habit to only give my children pizza but did think of it as a treat on the Fridays I got paid.

Now however, that has come to a screecin holt and I am now forced to make healthier decisions for my children and especially for my son. I should have been making these wise decisions before but what else can I say I LOVE ME SOME CARBS & so do my children, if it was up to my daughter all she would ever eat is bread! :)

Well I have been doing some research and found a couple of great recipes I would love to share.
Click on the following links:
Strawberry Smoothie - I must say I tried this the other day and it is DELICIOUS!
D.D. Double Down Recipe - I haven't tried this one yet, but does look rather tasty!
For more recipes visit Diabetes Daily

Now the real challenge, counting carbs. Not so fun, but well worth the trouble. Since my son is 9, he does miss those special treats which does every once in a while create an argument in the house but has worked out okay for the most part. The most useful tool I have in my corner is my handy dandy Carb Counter book called The CalorieKing Carlorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter. This book is awesome, it has every food known to man inside which is also separated by restaurants & fast food chains and it also small enough to fit in my PURSE!! My rule of thumb when I have forgotten my Carb book is or just making dinner is:
Grain, 1 slice of bread or 1/3 cup rice or pasta = 15 grams of carbs
Starchy Veggies, 1/2 cup = 15g carbs
Non-starcy Veggies, 1/2 cup chopped, 1 cup leafy = 5g carbs
Fruit, 1 small, 1/2 cup, 4 oz juice = 15g carbs
Milk/Yogurt, 1 cup (8 ounces)) = 12g carbs.
I suppose this is Diabetes 101!

Okay well I'm off to make dinner and count those carbs. To all those people eating yummy dinners with yummy cakes & treats enjoy & please think of us! :) Just kidding, really.... enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A mother & son shocker

In April 2010, my first born son who is 9 started to use the bathroom very urgently and was also going in his bed at night, he was drinking like a fish and I just didn't know what was wrong. At first I thought he was under the weather and didn't think much else of it. Then more symptoms started kicking in, he was starving all of the time and had this fruity smell to him, which come to find out later that is the tall tale sign of Diabetes. I took him to the doctor, they ran some test’s and got the worst phone call and mother can get. "Ma'am, you have to take Rial in to the hospital asap, I'm afraid to tell you but your son's blood sugar levels are around 600 (a normal persons is between 70-120) and we think he has Diabetes."

Now coming from families that have no history of Diabetes, I didn't know what to do. I rushed him to Children's Hospital in DC and all sorts of things were running through my mind. Mind you, I had no idea between the difference of Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, I just thought it was people that did not take care of themselves and really ignorantly never gave it more thought. I thought, what did I do? Did I feed him too much McDonald's? Was I not healthy enough? Was it the swine flu shot that made him this way? I was just a mess, and my son Rial was just as scared and asking a million questions I did not have answers for.

My eternal D-Day was on March 26th, 2010, we are in the emergency room and the nurses are running around taking blood samples, putting my baby on an IV. Then someone from the Endocrinology department comes to his bed side and lets me know that Rial does in fact have Type 1 Diabetes and saying that we were very lucky to have caught it when we did since he could have gone into DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis) which can lead to severe illness or death if diagnosis is delayed. So we are admitted to the hospital and taken to our own room. I proceed to ask them questions, exactly all the ones that were running through my mind on the drive there. They very quickly brought me back down to reality and let me know it was nothing I did, nothing I could have done would have prevented this. Let me just say that no matter how many times I was told this in the hospital, there will always be a sense of guilt, since I am his mother, I am the one who is supposed to prevent these sorts of things from occurring. So we stay in the hospital for a couple of days until he is better and we learn all we need to know about Insulin, proper way to use needles, blood sugar tests, his eating habits, what is healthy and not healthy. All this information to take in and all coming from no knowledge once so ever, but willing to know everything I can to help Rial and take away any anxiousness he may feel.

Today Rial is doing great! We have been living with Diabetes for 2 months and he is in his honeymoon stage (which means his body is producing its own insulin) he still has a lot of lows in the morning which Children’s Hospital and I are working very hard to treat this on a day by day basis. He went from having 3 shots a day to only having one. When we we’re in the hospital they said this may happen and it’s hard to determine how long it will last but happy it’s lasted this long. Rial is a very active kid; he plays all sorts of sports from football, soccer, basketball etc…. He always tells me “Mom, why is this happening to me?” I tell him, “It’s not only happening to you, it’s happening to many children & adults across the world and now that we are educated about it we can help spread the word so nobody has to feel alone, feel sorry for themselves or be down in any way since we will do anything and everything to help FIND A CURE!”

Let me just say that I am so grateful that he doesn't have a life threatening disease and with proper management he can live a long healthy life. Everyday there are new strides in the Diabetes movement and just hope that before Rial hits 18 there will be a cure, I do not mind one ounce to take this stress of the daily grind just so he can have peace when he goes off to college and becomes a adult. I can only hope that one day there will be a cure but must say since I am a mother of 3 if any of my children were to have Diabetes I rather it is Rial. He is such a strong, level headed, conscious, kind hearted kid and with both of us together we can beat anything that comes our way and with the support of family we will take over this disease and toss it where the sun don’t shine!

As I was writing this letter I have tears streaming down my face but not since I feel sorry for myself, or have pity for my son but because as a mother you just want them to be healthy. You know.... The feeling before your about to have a baby and others ask you “what do you want, a boy or a girl?” and all you can say is “I don’t really care as long and he/she is healthy!” Well that’s just how I feel, I just want healthy children and when something comprises that you just want to SCREAM. So this is me screaming to the world; learn, act and help stop diabetes.