No D Day

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Today I finally went to the CA DMV and applied for a CA drivers license. Luckily I made an appointment so my time at the DMV was only 1.5 hours. I had to prove who I was, get my picture taken and take a written test.

There were 36 questions on the test. I was allowed to get 6 wrong to still pass. I got 3 wrong. Two of the ones I got wrong were because of the words “not” and “except” which messed me up. Read test questions carefully people to avoid looking like a maroon.

I missed the question about when it is legal to drive with parking lights on because I was thinking they meant fog lights vs. what I call hazard lights. oops.

Also did you know it is illegal to smoke in a car if there are persons under 18 in the car. Thats cool – glad its a law. I guessed on that btw – I didn’t know they made it a law.

Folks that didn’t make an appointment had to wait at least 4 hours – sucks to be them. Sadly one of them was a man dressed in military fatigues – I think anyone serving in the military that arrives in uniform without an appointment should get to skip the others. IMHO

Getting my CA license was kind of a big deal for me. I’ve been in Cali for over a year now. Aside from the fact that I loved the picture on my TX license and didn’t want to take a new picture, another reason I had avoided getting a CA license is because truly it was the last step in leaving TX behind.

During my first 3 months here in Cali I spent many days in tears or close to them. The sadness lessoned a bit more with each passing month over the last year but I struggled often in that year. I missed (still miss) my friends, my kids schools and the home I had built with my family. I still really miss my island. What my middle son called the “world’. It was the command center of our home in TX. It is where homework was done, cookies were rolled out, eggs were dyed, meals were prepared, friends gathered, and BUNCO buffets were enjoyed.  Our kitchen here isn’t large enough for an island and thus my husband is unable to give me the “world”. Alas – it is not the end of the world. We will find a new place to build memories.

While waiting at the DMV I spent time remembering my friends in TX. I have stayed in contact with many of my TX friends. Some I talk to weekly, others less often, many only in Social Media. Time and distance will not diminish the love I have for my friends. There truly are people that come into our lives and change us. Many make us want to be better people because they inspire us, help us see the beauty around us, let us laugh and learn from their mistakes as well as our own, stay close when we need them, and give us space when we need that too.

The truest friends will never leave us despite distance, time, difficult times, or differing opinions. They will build us up when we are at our lowest and stand by us when we fall. I likely looked like a real goof siting at the DMV smiling to myself thinking of my friends back in TX as well as many new friends here in Cali. I realized having a Grizzly Bear on my drivers license doesn’t mean I have left TX behind after all – TX and all the beautiful people that made my life so wonderful are with me in my heart.

Oh another thing I will have on my drivers license – a pink dot. A pink dot that identifies me as an organ donor. Thinking of our own mortality is not easy but thinking of the mortality of another that could be saved because of a pink dot is EASY.

Today is a No Diabetes Day. There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than a chronic autoimmune disease.

 

All my friends – JUST LIKE ME

All my friends – JUST LIKE ME

This week my kids (and me) spend our days at a day camp for kids with diabetes and their siblings. This is our 4th and hopefully not our last year attending CBB (my kids and I all hope we will return form CA each year to hang with all the kids and staff of CBB).
Each day camp starts out with a gathering on the hill. The kids, group leaders and medics listen to announcements, learn which team (blue and white) is in the lead for the camp cup, and of course dance and sing. Below is the camp song – I don’t know who originally wrote it as it was before our time at CBB but creative they are. It is sung to the Tune of “My Darling Clementine”
Camp Bluebonnet Camp Bluebonnet
In the hot summer sun
We are playing we are working
We are having lots of fun.
Basal, Bolus, glucose tablets
Finger Pricks and ketone strips
Everyone knows of highs and lows
And our goal is good control.
Carbohydrates carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are the key
To preventing low blood sugars
Carbohydrates are what you need.
15 grams of carbohydrates
Read your labels carefully
If you don’t treat your lows
You’ll spend camp in the infirmary!
We spend a week here, make good friends here,
Have great fun with CITs
At Camp Bluebonnet, we laugh and learn
All my friends – just like me.
Each year I walk, jog and sometimes run between the different age groups snapping hundreds (yes hundreds) of pictures each day. The camp board does have an official photographer but taking pictures of 200+ campers in 10 groups at different ends of camp (acres of camp) requires a lot of running around. Thus – I volunteer to take pictures too and share them with the camp board. It makes me feel useful and allows me to see my own kids having fun as well as all their friends.
Here are some pictures of Sweetstuff, Middles and Sugarboy from the last few days –

 

Camp Bluebonnet is more than just a fun camp. It is a week of our lives each year where we are surrounded by other kids, camp staff and parents that understand. It is a week of feeling normal. No one asks if the kids pumps are Mp3 players, no one stares when the kids check their blood sugars. No one glares at me or other camp staff if we ask a child if they feel “High”.
Diabetes camps are an essential part of our mental well being. The kids count down the months, weeks and days till the next camp. They don’t whine about the extremely hot weather, all the walking, checking blood sugars, or waiting turns. My kids and I are so grateful to the volunteers (all camp staff are volunteers – no one is paid for their time, energy or dedication). We so dearly hope we will be able to return to Texas each year to participate in this camp. My kids have each been with many of their peers for 4 years in a row now. They have built relationships and bonds that distance and time will not be able to erase.
If you are a parent of a child with diabetes and you have not yet attended a camp near you. I recommend contacting your local JDRF or ADA office to locate camps in your area. Some camps are offered at no cost, some are minimal cost and others may require you to mortgage your home (hopefully not) but all camps are priceless. Good luck in your searches – may you find the love, laughter, joy, and normalness like we have.

You’ve Got a Friend in Blogs

You’ve Got A Friend In Blogs

I am participating (well I’m going to attempt to participate) in the 3rd annual Diabetes Blog Week

Today’s prompt was to find a friend – in other words find a blog that I haven’t read before or have maybe read occasionally but want to read more frequently.

There are countless dblogs (well maybe not countless like Real numbers which are uncountable – learned that recently {sort of I still had to check if the uncountable numbers were real or natural} from a friend that makes my brain hurt with all her math jargon – what can I say I’m a sucker for nerd awesomeness).
Sorry – digressed –
My point is though that I could likely spend every hour of everyday for an entire month and not find, let alone read all the dblogs available on the net. Luckily a wonderful list has been compiled for me (yup it was made just for me – well also the other hundred or so people participating in this years Annual Diabetes Blog week THE list.
While pursuing the list I saw many of my favorite blogs as well as some that I forgot I liked because I am not an organized person and I don’t remember to bookmark them or better yet add a link to the blog(s) on my blog so I can find it easily and others can too. (I also have a hard time with run on sentences and too many parenthesis – admitting it is the first step to recovery) Thus – in addition to attempting to write each day of dblog week I will also be updating my blogroll on my blog. If you find my silly little corner here on the net and you have an awesome blog that I haven’t included in my blogroll please shoot me an email or send me a tweet so I can add you. On twitter I am momof2t1s – keeping it simple.

On to my post:
I just found Jen with BHS – thank you List. I’ve read Sarah’s blog before and enjoyed it each time but always forgot to bookmark. Alexis is a favorite of mine. Amber is a new one for me but I think we are going to be great friends – the other Amber I know seems to like me a bit.

Jen From Blue Heel Society I love this particular post – Don’t Quit – wish I had a cool teacher like Jen had.

Sarah/@SmartDpants I love this post by Sarah because she clearly feels my pain in regards to #5 – how difficult could it be to allow the meter to have the same information as the pump.

Alexis Nicole Chronicles of D-Boy and Ribbon I love this post because Alexis understand all that it means to be a mom to cwd – of course she is stressed and tired and angry but with all that she is able to keep humor center stage.

Amber Cliff Notes I clicked on this blog from THE List because I like the name Amber (a lot) and I knew the moment I started reading I was going to like both Amber and her blog. The pics are great and I can’t wait to check out the FB page. Turns out I was already following dear Amber on Twitter but I don’t recall ever visiting her blog – that doesn’t mean I hadn’t – it means I was either drinking heavily at the time or sleep deprived or distracted by unicorns dancing in my office – since I rarely drink I’d go with sleep deprivation which may or may not have included dancing unicorns.

I could spend hours clicking on blogs and reading my night away but I have pillows and bedding to stuff into vacuum bags so I can watch them squish down – I get a real kick out of suffocating my pillows – irony? (I still don’t know how to properly use that word – darn you Alanis!)