Author Archive: MaryO

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! ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŽƒ

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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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Between the Storms

Just your average Thursday at the Ortiz home. Except there were no sub jobs today, so mommy stayed home. The boys got their school work done early and it stopped raining, so….. we went on a short hike. We went to our local Foothills trail and headed east on the new section, the boys have …

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Allergy shots or not

Poor G has terrible seasonal allergies. He’s on three different allergy meds to keep him from being miserable and sometimes, he’s still miserable even with all those meds. He had his annual allergy and asthma checkup today and the Dr once again brought up allergy shots. I’m leaning toward doing it, but Tony isn’t convinced. …

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Childhood Rights and Responsibilities

I’ve been trying to teach my boys responsibilities for the last few years. I have assigned them chores and tried to get them to do their morning and evening routines independently and they’ve had increasing workloads of school work. But I’ve failed. While G has done ok with all of this (so far-he always has …

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6 Years Strong

We were going to go to the zoo, on April 3rd, a Tuesday, during my spring break. After we took TJ to the Dr expecting to be told we were over worried (crazy parents), we were going to go to the zoo. Six years later on Tuesday, April 3rd, during my spring break we went …

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