Author Archive: MaryO

Five Minute Friday: Place

Usually place is a location, a city or a building, but the place that I’m at right now (aside from my home) is a very challenging one. I’m in a sad place, mourning the loss of my baby, taking care of my children who have the flu, trying to figure out my new normal. Here …

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Funeral planning and more drama

Yesterday was such a crazy and emotional day. We started out meeting with the funeral home and then the cemetery to arrange for Peters burial and headstone. We planned his funeral for Wednesday afternoon, that was emotional enough for one day. After we were done we stopped by my parents house to pick up G …

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When empathy doesn’t help

Tony and I just spent two nights in the hospital birth center to a deliver a baby that would never grow up or be held. Every nurse, doctor, midwife, social worker, and chaplain tried so hard to be empathetic, caring, and supportive but it just made it more emotional for us. I don’t mean that …

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Compartmentalizing

I was at a regular checkup, expecting to find out what the midwife thought about my high blood pressure, hear my baby’s heartbeat, and then go visit my parents. But it wasn’t a regular checkup. We talked about my blood pressure, and some tests she wanted me to do. Then she used her little machine …

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The Battle Against Ketones

You know how worried you get when your kid has a sore throat or a fever? A parent of a kid with T1D has an extra level of worry. Not only can blood sugars be too high (or too low-depending on the illness) but even if they are in range we have to worry about …

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Fall Fun

We went to the pumpkin patch! Went on some fall walks. And carved pumpkins with Uncle Joe. We drank hot spiced cider and collected leaves. Trick or treating with friends was so much fun! We hope you had a wonderful fall, just like we did! 🍁 🎃

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The highs and lows of fun

We had lots of fun at the event JDRF put on at Oddessy 1 in Tacoma. The boys played arcade games and won tickets to earn prizes. They got to play with their T1 friends and their siblings in a big play area with tunnels and climbing areas. While I visited with some of my …

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Even when you do everything right

Diabetes can still beat you. This disease is so frustrating because no matter how good you are at taking care of it, it still throws curveballs that you can’t predict, you just have to be prepared to react. We battle blood sugars to keep this boy alive 24/7/365. Most of the time we are able …

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Why we gave up on the 670G

While TJs A1c dropped every time we went to the Endo, the closed loop purpose was lost in translation. We started Medtronic’s 670G system thinking that we would spend less time thinking about Diabetes/numbers and have more time to just live a normal life. Unfortunately Medtronic’s sensors are still so finicky/sensitive that this was not …

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A visit from Abuela

Tony’s cousin was married this month, which brought some if his family into town. Their ring bearer was especially adorable!One member of his family we were especially excited about visiting was Tony’s mom! The boys Abuela (grandma, in Spanish) has been staying with us and we have been enjoining every minute! The boys got to …

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