It's official...Team Cale was the number one team having raised the most money for our walk in October. Our grand total was.....$3,300!!! Every single one of our team members are in the top 20 for individual donations (there were a total of 209 walkers)!! The entire walk raised a total of $36,090 which was just shy of the $40,000 that they were shooting for. Not bad if I do say so myself. This walk was for the ADA...next year we are looking at doing the one for the JDRF. I just hope that everyone is as gracious as they were this year!! THANK YOU!!!!!
This is Ryan at the nursing home on Thanksgiving running around saying he was Daddy. IS HE EVER!!! This child has a stubborn streak that could choke a horse. He is always saying "I can do it myself" (I heard you love it Nonnie!) - which is fine and dandy, but god forbid you ask if he needs any help - he'll bite your head off. He is very adamant about what he believes to be true. If he asked you what color the sky was and you replied blue, he would say it was red and NOT BACK DOWN!!! (Auntie Lauren, remember the violin??) And to top it all off, Pat thinks it is hilarious!!!! Try dealing with it all day! Oh and he never backs down from a scuffle with Cale. He will fight it out (hmmm...like how someone else I know was years ago...banned for life from the Gambler - TWICE). Lord help me when he is a teenager. I think by then Jack Daniels may be my best friend (and sadly his too!!)
I just need to always think about how he looks when he is sleeping (charging his battery as my dad says) and how cute he is and cuddly (not to mention quiet).
On Thanksgiving, my parents, Lauren, Steven, Kevin and my family (Danny and Chris were at her parent's house for the holiday) went to the nursing home to visit Grandma. IT WAS A VERY GOOD DAY FOR HER!! She was very alert, knew everyone that was there (my Dad told us when we got there that when they arrived she said "Kevin, it's good to see you") and seemed very happy overall. She was talking and laughing with us (although she did get confused at times and did repeat herself.) It was so good to see her that way and I wanted to share it with all of you.
In my previous visits to see Grandma, she was very tired and didn't always know who was there. She would fall asleep alot and would only really eat breakfast. However, give her some ice cream or coffee and she is all over it!!! She had 3 cups of coffee over the 1-1/2 hours that we were visiting on Thursday and loved every sip of it!! She actually moaned with pleasure after almost every sip!!
Eventually, she started to get tired and we knew it was time to leave. She was falling asleep as my Dad was wheeling her back towards the nurses station. But she lasted well over an hour and that was great!!!
I am a mother of two boys, Cale, 11 (my Type 1 - dx 8/6/07 - was using the OmniPod, but because of an allergic reaction, is back on MDI's) and Ryan, 8. I have been married to Pat for 12 years (WOW!!). I am currently a stay-at-home mom, part endocronogist/part nurse, full time pancreas, driver, cook, maid, accountant (not a good one!), activites director, etc....
This blog is here not only to keep our family that live out of town in the "loop" but I also come here when I need to "let it all out" about Diabetes and it's affect on not only my son, but on life in general.