Thursday, December 29, 2011

12 D-resolutions for 2012

I don't really "do" resolutions. Mostly because I am so perfect the way I am.


Now that we've all stopped laughing, I thought I'd jot down a few things I'd like to change for the upcoming year.

Hopefully the Mayans are right and the world is ending... that way I won't have to do any of this stuff.

1. I will not let Elise's numbers get me down. I will test, correct and move on. Those numbers are not a reflection of my pancreaticing ability, except when they are good (tee hee). The bad numbers are due to the fact that diabetes sucks ass.

2. I will learn how to properly bolus for pizza and say YES to pizza for dinner (right now, pizza is something we only eat at lunch).

3. I will SWAG more and weigh less. I am getting tired of carrying around a scale. My diaper bag is heavy enough.

4. This coming year I will bake more with Elise. And I will write down the carb factor of each thing I make, so I never, ever have to figure it out again. I've always wanted to make meringues.

5. I will *try* not to roll my eyes and swear under my breath when people ask me (what I deem to be) stupid questions about diabetes. Instead, I will see it as a chance to advocate and educate for my daughter. I will, however, beat your ass if you insist on telling me about Brazilian moss.

6. I will stop checking my Mattias's BG just because he's cranky. Or not sleeping well. Or sleeping too much. Or not eating. Or eating too much. If he looks at me funny. Or because the wind is blowing out of the east that day and I feel like it.

7. I will finally order and read Pumping Insulin.

8. I *may* get on facebook so I can be better connected to my D-peeps. That's a big, fat *MAY*.

9. I will not let D invade my thoughts 24/7. I will allow myself to sometimes forget that my daughter has diabetes.

10. Instead of beating myself up when things go wrong, I will try and remember how well we are doing, and that Elise is a very healthy and happy little girl.

11. I will not be so hard on people that complain to me that they are sooooooo tired because of one interrupted night of sleep. Or that they haven't been on a date night with their husband in almost a month. Or that their child's one-time prescription was sooooo expensive. Or that they only got to get away without the kids once this year. I will smile sweetly and only punch them in my imagination.

12. I will do my best to do all of the above, but give myself grace when I fail. Being a perfect pancreas is tough, yo.


  1. Love this list..Perfectly said! Some of what I was thinking for 2012! Happy New Year to you all.

  2. #1 - Awesome. I am trying to do the same.

    #2 - Finding the proper way to bolus for pizza is like finding the meaning to life in that it probably doesn't exist. Pizza is a "no no" food for most people with T1D, and my advice to anyone with T1D is to only eat small amounts of pizza on special occasions. Don't worry, Elise will not feel deprived. In fact, she will feel better and will likely learn from her own experience to avoid pizza (and possibly pasta and rice too), because let me tell ya, going from 300 to 40 and back up into the 200s DOES NOT feel good.

    #3 - I only SWAG these days because there's no way a scale would fit into my purse. The more you SWAG, the better you get!

    #4 - I feel about baked goods the way I feel about pizza. Although everyone with T1D is different and hopefully your daughter can learn to eat small amounts of these foods without a free admission to the glucocoaster. That said, there are some wonderful low carb desserts out there, including chocolate mousses, flourless brownies, etc. Stevia has been a godsend for me, because it allows me to make desserts without stressing out too much about my BGs.

    #5 - For me, it's cinnamon. If ONE MORE PERSON tells me that cinnamon will cure or help my diabetes, I will probably shove cinnamon sticks so far up their nose that...well, you get the idea.

    #6 - My sister is in her 20s and I still check her BG whenever I am near her. She had it checked a lot as a kid too. So far, so good, but she has been told she has as much as a 25% chance of developing T1D at some point in her life.

    #7 - Pumping Insulin is awesome. It's my bible. Read it and then read it again.

    #10 - I too try to focus on the positive as much as I can. While having T1D sucks, I know that I'm so fortunate that I don't have to worry about obtaining insulin, getting pump supplies, etc. There are so many people living with T1D who are not as fortunate. What you're doing for your daughter now will help increase her chances of being a happy and healthy adult!! Just remember that :-)

  3. Love the list oh how I can relate! Ok especially to #5 & #6 2012 is going to be a great year!!

  4. Shoot - lost my comment...
    Try, try again...
    #4 Jess at
    posted a photo of her cookie math.
    I want to start baking again. I miss it.

  5. Love it! Especially the part about punching people in your imagination. I thought I was the only one who did that.... :)

  6. Joanne, this is fantastic! I love your list. I need to work on all those things too! Except the FB and pizza at night. We have finally braved that a couple times. But let me tell you, it's an early dinner whenever that happens!!

    I liked Pumping Insulin.

    I think you're doing such a good job. Elise is so blessed to have you taking care of her!

  7. Couldn't have written a list any better myself!
    L.O.V.E them all!! :)


    Love your list :)

    Totally with you on the imaginary punching.

  9. LOVE every single one of these my friend!! When you discover the holy grail of bolusing for pizza, please hook a girl from your homeland up and share it with me...:o)

  10. 1. 5. 6. 9. And oh so definitely 11.

  11. On the website, there is something called My Food Advisor - you enter all the recipe information and it will tell you the nutritiional information and SAVE it for you! I took all the old recipes I loved from my Mom that I always had trouble counting carbs for and now I can eat them again! Still more of an estimate but it helps a lot and allows me to bake and eat yummy stuff with my non-D kids :)

  12. Too funny about about the Brazilian Moss... I think you are right on track with most of these. Disagree completely with one comment about avoiding pizza, pasta, rice and baked goods because... children need to be children and not be put on an adult-type of Diabetes diet. Adult Type 1s have different needs than children with Type 1. Adults with Type 1 are done with growth. Rice has never been a problem in the least for our Type 1 (Uncle Bens converted lowest glycemic rice), Quinoa pasta can be substituted for semolina pasta with terrific results (and it tastes good). Pizza is a problem food but I feel, let them have it, test often afterwards and correct/temp basal if necessary later on. Baking... you can control the carbs somewhat and Elise will be able to enjoy various deserts. Every resolution has to do with getting back to a more normal, carefree childhood and life. Go for it! Find that balance, write about it, and continue to inspire others.

  13. What you need is a mirror. "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And doggone, I WILL get on facebook!"


    I'll be your best friend. :)

    P.S. We eat pizza. It is OK. I'm serious. Kick its a** Joanne.

  14. As the mother of a severely autistic child I can relate to many of your issues. I have not slept thru the night in years and Wyatt gets up at 4:30 every morning no matter what time he goes to bed. We do not know anything about what a date night is and have never had a weekend away and I am sure never will. I can not tell u how many people look at us funny when we are out and Wyatt does something like hit himself or us. I am tired of hearing the complaints of people with normal children. If you ever end up in jail for hitting someone that asks a stupid question I will be more than happy to contribute t your bail fund! You should get on Facebook for sure.

  15. Oh, girl....I am SO guilty of #11. And I'm trying not to be... Don't know what made me click on this post..was reading today's hijack post from your husband...but I think I'll revisit when I'm a bit more rested. Good stuff here.


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