Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cue the Rocky Music

Dblog Week Day 4 - Accomplishments Big and Small

We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you've made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small - think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.).  

Like yesterday, this topic had some many to choose from. We have had so many triumphs over the past 5 years.

The first time I took Elise to a restaurant by myself.

A day of BG nirvana.

Elise going 40 days without crying at shot time.

Having another baby.

Giving Elise a pep talk that has some staying power.

Taking a 9 month old and a 4 year old across the Atlantic Ocean to Portugal for 17 days. Of course diabetes tagged along too. Did I mention that we were still using NPH?

Starting on a pump.

Sending Elise to a non-d summer camp.

Elise's first play date sans Mama.

Team Elise waking in 4 countries on 3 different continents.

Having yet another baby... who decided to arrive a month early. 

And those are just a few.  But I think one of the best triumphs, one that has significant meaning since today is Elise's last day and tomorrow (the day this post goes live) she will be graduating; is the day Elise started school.

I could write a series of posts on how amazing this school has been... one day I will.  But right now I can't help but be transported back in time. To almost 3 years ago when one very scared Mama left her little girl who had never been away from her (except when said Mama was in the hospital having a baby) in someone else's hands.

Once upon a time, I thought pre-school wasn't an option.  And now I am so glad I took that step of faith together with the school, and let Elise have some independence. It has been the BEST thing I ever could have done for her.  Elise and I have both grown so much from this experience.

While I am so sad that this chapter in Elise's life is closing, I am thankful for how it has prepared me for the scary things yet-to-come. 

Kindergarten... you're next.
Elise, on her first day pf pre-school. Was she ever really that little?


  1. Happy Graduation Elise! xoxo

  2. Woo Hoo! Kindergarten! How exciting.

  3. I am amazed that you sent her to non D camp! Was it overnight?! I'm so so glad I home school my kids. I was already a home schooler when the big bad D came down upon us, but I am so incredibly relieved that I don't have to send her off to school. I know lots of folks do it, every day. I'm just lad I don't have to. Just like home schooling isn't for everyone, neither is school!

  4. School is our biggest accomplishment too! Happy Graduation day, E!

  5. What a sweet pic:) I am trying so hard to wrap my brain around the school thing. My sweet girl was halfway through 1st grade when she was diagnosed. I have yet to send her back. No full time nurse, no other d-kids in a school of 800+ K-2nd graders. We are finishing her second grade curriculum today at home. I went to the 3rd-5th grade school just this week and spoke to the nurse about her returning to public school in the fall. Full time nurse (who seems like she'll be pretty great:)), STILL no other d-kids in another school of 800+kiddos! I have enjoyed homeschooling, but I'm kinda feeling like you on the independence thing. I think it may be good for her. And she sees her older sibs and the activities they do, and sometimes wants some of that. Decision time this summer. Thanks for your viewpoint!

  6. What a great list!


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