Just kidding, but I think this post is destined for bullet points, otherwise it would be a novel rivaling that of War and Peace, length-wise, and ain't nobody got time for that.
(on a completely different note, oh my damn that video is funny)
Friends For Life thoughts, straight from my brain to your computer screen:
- It. Was. Awesome. I felt home for the first time in many, many years.
- It was also overwhelming. I didn't want to miss anything.
- And it was HARD. Taking a 5 year old, two year old and a seven month old to FFL is do-able. But be prepared to lose your shit several times.
- Jessica Apple is so tiny and adorable. She's like a real-life doll. I really enjoyed her session on Social Media with Scott and Kerri.
- Gary Scheiner needs to come live at my house. The man made my head explode with so much information. If you see pieces of my brain scattered all over Orlando, please send them back to me.
- Kelly K. talks like she writes. It's funny.
- Scott Johnson gives THE best hugs.
- Shannon is awesome. She and her husband were so much help to Fred and I at the conference, they deserve their own post. And their daughter? Awesomeness squared.
- I loved the Stress Management course given by Dr. Bob so much, I wish I could have taken it every time it was offered. We meditated.
- FFL is just like the commune I've been imagining all these years.
- The conference not long enough. I would have had to clone myself many times over to get to all the sessions I wanted. Even when Fred and I split up, we still missed stuff.
- They need to offer a session on sleep deprivation. Or nap time for the parents.
- I loved meeting Karen (and husband Pete), Sara, Scott, Kerri, Manny and all the other adult T1s. It gave me such hope for my daughter. And Elise loved it too. She said it makes her feel better about growing up with diabetes. She also said next time she doesn't want to be so shy around them.
- Fred went to the Pump Tips and Tricks, and it was packed. He was disappointed that they spent most of the time talking about tubed pumps. We understand why, but podders are people too! Maybe they need to offer a separate session just for pod people.
- Meri spoke during the keynote about Dr. Richard Rubin. She moved many to tears. I am so amazed at her strength and honoured to call her my friend.
- Can someone please come to my house and do the carb counts for all the food like they did at the conference? That would be great.
- Elise ran high, high, high the whole time. Normally that would make me start obsessing about fixing it, but there it seemed okay. We just rolled with it. Kept calm and temp basaled on.
- One of my favourite things was when people who read this blog would come up and say hi. I guess the red hair makes me easy to recognize. But everyone was so great to talk to and as an added bonus, they even said nice things about me and nobody punched me in the face. Win!
- Florida is armpit (hot, wet and kinda smelly) hot.
- Seeing Elise's face when she met Belle made the whole trip for me. It erased all the lost sleep, missed naps, temper tantrums and just plain difficulties. She tells me Belle is her "twin".
- I enjoyed getting my dance on at the banquet/dance. If anybody has embarrassing photos of me, please hand them over. I'll trade you for all the embarrassing ones I have of you.
- I am so thankful for Disney's Guest Assistance Card. It made our visits to the Magic Kingdom possible. Amusement parks make Elise run sky-high. Even with a +95% tb, she was in the mid 200s. And it was so unbearably hot. Getting to bypass the lines and wait in the air-conditioned areas let Elise ride the popular rides that she wanted. I know not everyone had such a good experience with obtaining the GAC, and I hope Disney hears from those people... One mom told me that she was told diabetes is not a "real" disease like cancer. Kudos to her for not ripping that person's pancreas out.
Back to life, back to reality.