The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

“I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.” ~ Two years ago today, our youngest child was diagnosed with T1D.

(Diagnosed 6-30-2015)

We thought our son was allergic to sugar.  It started out with a meltdown every time he ate sugar but his symptoms escalated from there. So we went out of our way to make sure he didn’t eat any sugar.  After having him checked, it turned out that he had a severe gluten allergy, so he was treated.

Meanwhile, we’re packing and getting everything ready to move to Missouri (from Arizona) so we wanted to have him treated and cleared of this allergy before we left.  But it wouldn’t clear.  After going back to our doctor to try to figure out what was going on with our youngest, blood work revealed higher than normal blood sugar and we were told to go to his primary care doctor ASAP.

(BTW~ He is two years gluten-free.  Blood work doesn’t reveal anything but his symptoms are still too severe to test for Celiac’s Disease.)

See my post “How I Cured My Food Allergies!”

Trying to get some dental work done before our move since I had a horrific toothache, I had an early dental appointment for 3 fillings and an extraction (turned into dry socket UGH!!!)  I picked my husband up from his last day at work, went to the doctor to make an appointment in person, headed home to be on the phone with realtors and the moving company until our doctor appointment later in the afternoon.

His blood sugar was elevated at his appointment so our doctor told us to go straight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and she would call ahead to let them know we were coming.

At the hospital, the doctor told us not to worry that with a severe gluten allergy and messing around back and forth with eating gluten and then going on a gluten-free diet will for sure mess with one’s blood sugar.  She said to relax while they do blood work to know for sure. 

She came back an hour later and said, “I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.”  My heart sank!  My brother has T1D so I knew a little bit about what was involved but I was shocked at how much I truly didn’t know!

Our lives would never be the same.

We were in the hospital for 3-4 days learning everything we can about treating T1D and managing his blood sugar.  This would be our full time job from this moment on.  Jayce was 5.  

We watched them give him his shots and check his blood sugar.  We spoke to dietitians, coaches, doctors, and trainers.  We learned about T1D, blood glucose, the pancreas, carbs, math, calculations, how to figure out dosage and more.  They taught Jayce about T1D, they taught our older children about T1D, they gave our son gifts and toys and books and backpacks. They were wonderful!  They were helpful!  They educated us!

On the second or third day the nurse came in to give him his shot and stood there smiling at me.  I wasn’t sure what she was waiting for so I smiled back.  

“Are you ready to give him his shot?”  She asked me with a grin.  Ummmm….Yeees?  I wasn’t!  I was never going to be ready.  But I pretended to have confidence like I’ve done so many times in the past just by being a mom period.  Just grin and fake it.  Am I the only one who feels that way when it comes to parenting?

So I figured out the dosage and fumbled awkwardly with the syringe and insulin bottle, trying to get it just right with only the medication and no air.  I had an audience of nurses and our family watching me give our 5 year old a shot in the leg.  I pinched his little leg, got the shot ready, gave him the shot, Jayce moved his leg before I could give him the insulin so I had to poke him twice.  He said he didn’t want me to give him the shot.  I didn’t want to either.  But I did and we all survived WHEW.

In fact, my husband and 3 older children have all given him shots.  Jayce has given himself a shot or two but he’s not quite ready to do this on his own regularly.

While we’re thankful that there is a treatment and hopeful for a cure, this has been a challenge for our whole family.  It has only been two years but it feels like a life time!

I am weak and I lack strength.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40: 28-31

I am unsure of our future.

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.  Psalm 39:7

I lack faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

 

I am afraid.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  Psalm 56:3


~ Keeping his blood sugar in the safe zone is agonizing

~ Calculating carbs and figuring out his insulin dose is challenging

~ Giving shots with every meal is getting easier

~ Checking his blood sugar is annoying

~ Changing his Continuous Glucose Monitor is tough

~ Knowing how to treat highs is necessary

~ Treating lows is scary

~ Checking on him during the night is daunting

~ Worrying about him is constant

~ But God is our strength and gives us courage and hope

~ We are not alone

 


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Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully

Now that most homeschoolers are either on a summer break or light load, I thought I’d give encouraging guidance on how to handle tension during the time when people are probably not stressed.  Be sure to read this again around October!

When we first started homeschooling, 18-years ago, we got excessive criticism for our decision.  As far as the educational needs of our children, we had an option just like everyone else.  We respected other families for their choices and hoped for the same in return.  I can honestly say that most of the homeschooling stress had to do with the judgement of others and the endless questions sent our way. Whether it was people we knew or cashiers at the store, we had to deal with how our decision to homeschool was received by others.  Protecting our children from quizzing and lecturing interrogators and helping our young ones through the pain of handling remarks like they’d be smarter if they went to a public school or that folks can tell that they’re homeschooled because they’re weird and uncool, proved necessary ~ which, by the way, is an appalling thing to say to any child.  It wasn’t just the mean ones we had to deal with but all the excessive questions and comments as well.  It was like playing 20 questions with everyone who asked us anything school related, which seemed to happen every time we left the house.

This kind of stuff is stressful!  Algebra is not! 

Fast forward to 2017 ~ people are much friendlier and knowledgable about home education, especially here in Missouri.  But there are other kinds of stress for homeschoolers.  Now that I don’t have people jumping down my throat every time I say “homeschool,” there is less anxiety for us.  But what about the other kinds of stress?

As a homeschool veteran, I thought I would offer some encouragement and help on handling homeschooling stress gracefully.

Judgments, Questions, and Criticism

It never ceases to amaze me how many misconceptions people still have about homeschooling (which is fine because that’s how it is with most everything).  I used to get a lot more questions than I do now, and many of them, I couldn’t answer. But homeschooling isn’t as deep as many think.

When I was in 6th grade, I had a serious health issue which led me to miss 6 months of school.  I was mostly home alone all day while both my parents worked and my sisters were at school.  A tutor came to my house twice a week to give me my assignments.  She would appear with a stack of school work, explain stuff to me and then come back another day to pick everything up and give me more assignments.  Academically, it was the best thing that could happen to me because after this, I grew into a straight A student and school made more sense.  Miss Tutor didn’t spend a lot of time explaining things to me, just 15 minutes a day twice a week.  As far as my emotional well being, socialization, and safety ~ it was great and I did fine (there was no internet, video games, iPads, or cable TV in 1980). Eventually, my health improved and I slipped back into the routine of going to school and classes without missing a beat.  My grades were good and life went back to normal.  And the best part… I wasn’t held back because of all my absences…WHEW!

In today’s world, the above tale wouldn’t be a textbook setting and experts would probably frown at this ~ but for me ~ it was splendiferous! (I love that word!)

The point of the story was that I thrived learning at home in a not-so-great situation from a tutor who barely gave me the time of day.  But home education is much more than receiving and dumping assignments. Homeschooling is family driven with different educational needs and goals ~ so there should be no apologies.

Answering questions and criticism about homeschooling didn’t show my irresistible side nor did it reveal my strengths.  Because I was unprepared to handle the push back that our educational choice caused, when people asked me about homeschooling, I feel like my answers were less than brilliant.  My critics became some sort of scholar with a PhD in education leaving me feeling like a nincompoop unqualified to even teach our children how to spell their names.  And I seemed to have no answers to tell a different story.  But if I could do it all over again, my response would explain respectfully and with kindness, that in homeschool we study much of the same things as they did when they were in school ~ History, Science, Math, Language Arts, Bible and other fun stuff.  I would say that I enjoy it and our kids are thriving.  I would explain to them with confidence that we like homeschooling because we are fond of the curriculum and the environment.  And one reason why we homeschool is because we are concerned about their socialization.  I would say that we’re glad that God opened the door for us to do this and we love the work involved.  We don’t push others to like or agree with our choices or to think like us.  We’re living our life the way we feel is right for our family and our situation.  I would say those things no matter what they asked because that is the truth and probably answered the real questions they are asking.

It’s not that deep and not worthy of all the attention we had to bear. Looking back, it’s easy for me to say that I should have been more bold, confident and firm. But my job wasn’t to educate the public but that of our children.  Debating and defending has never been a strength of mine so I’m not going to beat myself up about how I handled this in the past but maybe my story will help others in the future.

Answering questions and fostering discussion is great every once in awhile but dealing with judgmental and harassing questions regularly is exhausting. If you’re like me and can’t think of clever answers off the top of your head when you’re put on the spot, then keep it short, simple and lighthearted.  Or maybe just smile at your critics fans and move on.

Parents are capable of educating their children and don’t need to prove anything.  Because homeschooling isn’t as big of a mystery as it was in years past, hopefully this won’t be much of a problem anymore.  But if it is adding stress to your homeschooling experience, especially if you have disapproving relatives, it’s time to let that stress go.  Suffering from inappropriate interrogations isn’t necessary or helpful and can have damaging affects on your children.

Of course, healthy questions are welcome and isn’t what I’m talking about.  But unfortunately some will disguise harassment and manipulation by making it seem like they’re just asking a question or they’ll criticize with their questions.  There’s a big difference and even children can sense the contradiction.  If a question feels more like a criticism or a comment is plain rude, pray for the Lord to give you the right answer.  Sometimes it is best not to say anything at all, shake the dust from your feet, and move on.

The Stress of Behavior Problems

It doesn’t take long to realize that all children are unique.  They have different personalities, different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses.  It’s important to be consistent, persistent and patient with academics and behavior.  Children will need to learn how to do school.  It will take time for them to get the hang of the curriculum, working hard, and stepping out of their comfort zone.  It also takes time for kids to adjust if there is a change to the curriculum, schedule or if they start homeschooling after going to a school.

Some children are more difficult than others and sometimes there are severe behavior problems.  It’s even more prevalent now a days with ADHD, ADD, and other neurological problems escalating.  Autism has increased more than 800% in the last 16 years, which is an incredible statistic!  Blaming lack of discipline is as outdated as saying homeschoolers lack socialization.  We all know better.  But what do you do?

Well, the short answer is ~ you need to be consistent, persistent and patient.  You have to be all of those all of the time with the Lord’s strength!  It’s not easy but it’s not impossible.  Even the most stubborn and spirited child needs to learn academic discipline.  You may need to make school easier or have them do less but a little bit will go a long way. You can always increase it later.  Here is a list of additional things that may help with behavior problems:

~ Make your child’s bedtime earlier.

~ Start school first thing in the morning.

~ Make sure your child is eating healthy especially for breakfast.  No sugar or junk food.

~ Healthy brain and gut are important for kids.  Omega -3 Fish Oil supplements are good for the brain and Probiotics are essential for gut health.

~ Remove food from the diet that your child is allergic or sensitive to.

~ Be calm and loving but also firm.  Let them know what is expected of them and work everyday towards that goal.

~ Have fun ~ school is fun or can be!  (Our teens may say differently)

Check out my blog “7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants”

~ No TV, video games, iPads, or smartphones during the school week.

~ Don’t allow them to go too long without eating to avoid hypoglycemic symptoms.

~ Don’t give up.

See also “Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms (4 Reminders)”

~ Patience Patience Patience!  It’s good for you!  You can do it! (I’m talking to myself right there!)

(People will often comment about how patient I must be to be able to homeschool.  If I have patience, I learned it BECAUSE I homeschool.  Not the other way around.  AND I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN!)

~ Last but not least…PRAY OFTEN!

Have a Schedule

Having a schedule that works well with your family and sticking to it will help to reduce the stress of homeschooling.  We plan our school around my husband’s work schedule.  When he worked early and only 4 days a week, then we started early and had an extra day off.  When his work day schedule changed and he went to work later, then our school day started later.  Our children get the same days off of school as my husband.  Once we get into a routine of starting school first thing and going until we’re finished, then our days usually run smoothly and things get done.

Include lesson plans, grading, cleaning, and laundry into your schedule too.  Have routines and teach your children to have routines also.

Plan a day at least once a month where the kids do some reading and assignments on their own but you don’t do any school work with them. This will help them learn independence and also give you a chance to catch up on your work, nap or just enjoy a piece of chocolate cake.  OK ~ that was random…but you get the idea.

Exercise

I love to workout and dance but since my kidney surgery a year ago, my bladder and kidney hurt so badly whenever I do anything.  But I found that even doing simple exercises help so much.  I will do 10 squats, 10 crunches, 10 push-ups, 10 second plank, and 10 battements (ballet leg kicks) on each side.  This all takes me less than 5 minutes to do but it’s a good workout and doesn’t hurt my kidney and bladder too much.

It’s important that the kids play outside to get their exercise.  We will go check the mail (with our steep driveway, this is exercise in and of itself) and then walk around our property.  Sometimes we’ll run around our house.  It’s quick and simple but it works.  Exercise and activity are more important than we realize.  It not only helps with basic overall health but it can prevent neurological and some behavior problems.


For more great homeschooling ideas see my other posts ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 1) and Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2)


 

Schedule Fun

I probably don’t need to say this but I will just for the heck of it ~ HAVE FUN!  Go to the library, the park, swim and go on field trips.  Make crafts, make messes or do school outside!

Quiet Time

This should be the first and most important thing ~ Spend time with God by reading the bible and praying every single day.  People who have a relationship with God and spend time with Him regularly are able to handle stressful days better than those who do not.  God is your Rock and He loves you so much.  He is also crazy about your children and He wants you to bless your kids.  Look to Him.  Seek Him.  Trust Him.  

This year, I have been using the Blue Letter Bible App on my phone to read through the bible in a year chronologically.  It’s AWESOME!!!  I’ve always read regularly but this is the first time I’ve read chronologically.  I love reading the Psalms and Proverbs at the same time as Kings and Chronicles.  It’s super cool.

Conclusion

Slow down

Get organized

Don’t do too much

Make a list

Take breaks

Exercise

Be consistent

Don’t let criticism and behavior challenges wear you down

Pray for strength

Rely on the Lord

EAT CHOCOLATE!

There you have it.  Even more great ways to handling stress with grace and dignity! You’re doing a great job, pretty mama.  Keep it up!

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Walking With Excellence

 

I’ve been working diligently on a blog about handling the stress of homeschooling but I’m not quite ready to launch this particular post.  So I thought I’d share something else that’s on my mind and post the homeschooling one another time.

I mentioned this verse in my blog “Calling All Overworked and Under-Appreciated Moms (4 Reminders),” but it continues to be on my heart so I thought I’d share my thoughts further.

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.  Proverbs 14:1

One way a woman can build her house is by being an excellent wife and mother.

Who is an excellent woman who builds her house without tearing it down? Here are some examples taken from my favorite passage on the subject ~ Proverbs 31.

~ She is blameless and virtuous.

~ She has strength, ability, efficiency, wealth, and courage.

~ She is more valuable than jewels.

~ Her husband trusts her and he will lack nothing.

~ She does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life.

~ She works hard in delight.

~ She is not lazy.

~ She is wise and kind.

~ She takes care of her family.

~ She has strength and dignity and she’s prepared for the future.

~ She fears the Lord.


Life happens and gets hectic which often reveals our vulnerability and imperfections.  But that’s the exciting part about walking with the Lord. We can seek Him and trust Him everyday to make us excellent!

Be encouraged and may the Lord bless you today, my friend!


 

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Salsa Recipe

This is short and sweet and oh so yummy!  My one and only salsa recipe. Literally, the only recipe I have.  But if you like avocados and salsa ~ this is the only recipe you need.

6 tomatoes

3 avocados

1 bunch of green onions

salt

garlic powder

crushed red pepper (or tepin)

Chop tomatoes and add salt to taste and stir.  Chop and add avocados and green onions and stir well.  Add salt, garlic powder and pepper to taste. Stir and enjoy!  That’s it!  YUM!

There are many variations you can do.  We’ve added cilantro and bell peppers too and it’s all good.  I don’t think there is a wrong way to make this salsa.  Simple and delicious!

    

Let me know what you think.

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Oh Be Careful Little Mind What You Think

There was an incident that happened that made me think with a heartfelt honesty that “No one truly loves me or cares for me!”   After I said this to God, I immediately felt an overwhelming “Ahem!  I beg your pardon?!”  And then I came to my senses and remembered my Lord and Savior loves me fiercely and my family loves me so very much.  At that moment, I realized that I cried out to God and He answered me.  Which, by the way, saved me so much torment and grief that I could have caused myself with my negative thinking.  So glad that I said that statement to God and not to myself because I felt so loved at that moment.  Dwelling on my damaging thoughts would have left me in a miserable state of mind.

Satan would prefer for me to feel unloved and focus on my negative thoughts.  I can disarm his fighting words with God’s Word and replace those harmful judgements with the truth.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3.

…And we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5

Let’s remember to seek God first in everything, even in our thoughts.  It’s a habit worth pursuing.

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The Lord bless you, and keep you ~ The Lord make His face shine on you ~ And be gracious to you ~ The Lord lift up His countenance on you ~ And give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26


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