This Could Have Been Us

On Saturday, the Facebook page Kisses for Kycie posted the news that she died at 5 years old, six months after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed while in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) just as my son Super F was. The difference was that Kycie was diagnosed in a more advanced state and suffered seizures and brain damage as a result. She spent months in the hospital while trying to recover from the severe injuries to her brain and body. We were fortunate that Super F didn’t suffer these terrible complications, though he spent several nights in the PICU when he was diagnosed at 2-1/2 years old. The symptoms for Super F came on suddenly, and had we waited much longer to get him into the doctor, we might have been the ones to lose our child.

If anything can come from the death of Kycie, I hope it is to spread awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes so that no other child will die from a missed, or late, diagnosis. So, please, if your child experiences the following symptoms, please get to a doctor right away and request a blood glucose test.

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Grown Ups are Lazy!

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As I was playing frisbee with Junior and Kid Flash last week I spent the whole time telling them I was going inside soon because I was tired.  I was literally drained.  Then Kid Flash, in a moment of brilliance, made the following observation.  “You don’t have no energy.  Grown ups are LAZY!”  OUCH!

I could take this opportunity to rattle off all the statistics about what percentage of Americans are obese and overweight.  Or the percentage of Americans who suffer from diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol.  But, the only person who matters right now is YOU, Mommy!

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In a previous post, “Hey! What About Me? (Update)”, I shared the beginning of my journey to start taking care of my physical health…for the umpteenth time.  I committed to physical exercise, in the form of walking.  I also began a daily regimen of starting my day with hot water with lemon and drinking water infused with lemon and strawberries throughout the day. 

Huh?  What did you say!  You wanna know how it’s going?  Well, I am happy to report that I am still walking, literally I am walking as I type this post. [I know, I know, but it’s the only way I can get it in.  It’s called multitasking. MommyWurk, remember?]  And I am still drinking all of my water.  [Sidebar: I pee all the time now.]   I also tried a new recipe from 100 Days of Real Food.  I finally stopped reading and starting DOING.  The Kale and Apple salad was delish!  I was able to get a bunch of kale from Food Lion for only $0.99.  Who the heck said healthy, whole food is expensive?  And, kale is not any old regular healthy, whole food.  It’s a superfood.

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Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I haven’t turned into one of those “all or nothing” chicks.  I am a firm believer that moderation is the key.  Otherwise, you fall off the wagon and are too embarrassed to get back on because you feel like a failure.  So, I have given myself permission to take a junk break, but I don’t go overboard.  For instance, last night for dinner I had 2 small pieces of cheese pizza and a half a can of Coke.  Oh yes, she did!  I hadn’t had a Coke in a whole week after previously drinking 1-2 cans/day.  Yaaay for me!  That’s a major improvement. 

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I have 2 more laps…

The moral of the story:  Eating healthy + Exercise = Energy

How are you taking care of your physical self so you can have more energy?

Until next time-

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (3 John 1:2 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

Hey! What About Me? (Update)

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I know that moms are supposed to be selfless and not selfish, always putting our children and others first.  But, there comes a time when we have to slow down and make sure we are taking care of ourselves so we can give those who depend on us our best.  For me, that time is NOW!

On Mother’s  Day I published  a post entitled, “Hey! What About Me?“, encouraging us not to neglect ourselves, thinking we have to wait until Mother’s Day to take care of ourselves.  It’s time for me to practice what I preach.

I am also going to clean up my diet.  So, this morning I am starting with some warm water and fresh lemon.

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I am also quitting caffeine (in the form of Coke) cold turkey, which means good ‘ole H2O all day.  The last hotel I visited had strawberry and lemon infused water in the lobby.  I decided to try it at home.

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This pitcher is about half full and I will work on drinking this all day today.

I realize, I’m worth it!  

MommyWurkers, how are you taking care of yourself?  Let’s encourage and motivate each other!

Until next time-

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (I Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)

God’s best-

Alexis

Western Versus Eastern Medicine

Anyone with kids, especially in daycare, spends a lot of time at the doctor. When I was on maternity leave with Baby C2 I was literally at a physician’s office with someone in our family two to three times a week. 

I believe in Eastern medicine concepts, especially in conjunction with Western medicine. However, I am much more willing to try Eastern approaches on myself. When it comes to my children I want to be certain that there will be no harm and I want them to feel better as quickly as possible.

When we were trying to get pregnant with H, I was doing Accupuncture. I still believe this helped the process immensely. (Stay tuned for my blog post series on infertility.) However, I would be hesitant to treat one of my children with Accupuncture especially exclusively. I am not saying I should be hesitant. It is just not something I would think of right away. 

Baby C2 has had a time with his ears. Basically he has had an infection since December. He got tubes in February, but alas they were not the miracle they were for H. So here we are still battling an infection. I had some friends mention chiropractic care. I am not sure how I feel about it. A part of me is skeptical. I understand how it would help you with back or neck pain, but ear infections? Given the situation we are currently in, I am not going to rule it out.

What are your thoughts? Have you used Eastern medicine with your children? What was the outcome? 

I love learning from you.

Peace, Love and What’s Best for our Children,

Kristen