Friday, May 22, 2015

Catching up.....

I looked back and realized I have not posted an entry since September!! Its been a roller coaster of a year for us. We have been super busy with everything life throws at you. Now that the school year is almost over, I have had some time to reflect on the past year. Hannah has grown so much and has matured incredibly in the diabetes world. Her coping skills in dealing with this disease has continued to amaze me everyday. Hannah was blessed back in the fall with an incredible gift from the Dream Factory. A dream trip to the big apple and to shop at the American Girl Store! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of memories, I am still blown away at the generosity and it gives me hope for the world we live in.
 Hannah has taken up a new activity this year.. Irish dancing! She is absolutely in love with this and I see great things coming from her in the future. Her blood sugars tank during her hour class but we just correct it and move on. 
We just received her Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. This measures her blood sugar every 5 minutes and gives us trend graphs as to how she is doing, which allows us to gain tighter control  over her numbers and in turn have better A1C's long term. It also allows mom and dad to have some peace of mind not just during the day, but at night as well. We sleep better knowing her dexcom will alarm if she should fall to a dangerous level.
We just wrapped up a great JDRF walk. Hannah's team raised around $500 in all. We had about 30 walkers . We are so thankful for everyone who donated and came out in support of us. So much of this disease is being surrounded by people who support us and love us, even more so for Hannah who really needs to see that. Diabetes takes a huge toll on the family emotionally, and even though we may look like we are doing okay, we always have that need to see the support.
We have met some incredible people this year in the diabetes world. We have made some new friends with people who "get it."
Our biggest excitement coming up is that we will be attending the 2015 Children with Diabetes Friends for life conference this July. Its a conference where type 1 diabetics and their families from all around the country come to meet, make friends, and learn the latest and greatest There will be diabetic educators from all over coming and presenting on topics ranging from how to carb count to raising a tween with type 1 diabetes, There are age appropriate groups for the children. Hannah will be with kids her age and have fun just being a kid but being able to see that she is not alone in this battle. It also just so happens to be held at Disney. We are so excited and have heard that this is a life changing experience for a type 1 family. I will be posting of our experience after we return home. 
Irish dancing

Hannah's JDRF walk team shirts

Dexcom has arrived!

Our team :)