Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here is Bailey's first long jump attempt.
Here is her second.
Here is Bailey doing the shot put. She really enjoys this one.
Next is Bailey's 100 m. She came in 3rd out of 4 girls.
Then she did the 200 m. She came in 4th out of 6 girls. She was really disappointed.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The recipe calls for blueberries, but you could use any berry. This week, blueberries were not on sale and I was not about to pay almost $5 for a package, so I went to the frozen section of Aldi's, where they always have an abundance of frozen fruit. I got some blueberries, raspberries and a bag of mixed berries- each were less than $3 and there is at least 2 cups of berries in each bag. My first batch were blueberry and they were delicious. I just finished making the second batch, which I doubled, with raspberries. My kids have their CRCT tests this week- the big end of the year state tests. I wanted them to have a tasty, filling and healthy breakfast, so I plan on making them some eggs and giving them a muffin each day.
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 large egg
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
salt teaspoon 1/4
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
Heat oven to 375º. Coat a jumbo muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk egg, sour cream and buttermilk in a bowl. Mix oat bran, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a second bowl. Combine banana and sugar in a third bowl. Stir in buttermilk mixture. Sprinkle in flour mixture and stir gently. Fold in blueberries and zest, if desired. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 15 minutes.
130 calories per muffin, 1.8 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 29 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 4.4 g protein
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
1. One treat a day. At the level I'm at, the treats are from an approved list. Yesterday I chose 1 ounce of dark chocolate (at least 70%). One ounce is a lot! It was great and I certainly savored it!
2. Lite yogurt with 2 T wheat germ. Yummy. Not sure if I'll ever eat it without the wheat germ in it again- love the texture.
3. Chocolate Cherry Muffins. Alright, so I haven't made them yet, but they sound delicious!
4. The yummiest breakfast burrito ever.
-spray pan with non-stick cooking spray and saute diced peppers & onions until tender-whip 3 egg whites and add to pan- scramble-remove from heat and add 1/4 c black beans and T shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese-Slice a small whole grain pita (under 70 cal or less) and stuff with egg mixture. Add hot sauce and eat the yummiest breakfast!
5. The fact that I'm down 7 lbs already!
6. The hope/delusion that my back pain will get infinately better if I lose all this weight.
7. That two of my sisterchicks are doing the diet and one has already lost 23 lbs!!
8. The hope that one day I can shop in the juniors section (size 13 and under).
9. I KNOW I'm eating healthy- almost 100% unprocessed whole foods. That makes me feel good!
10. Increased energy!
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
-Stephen Colbert has got to be one of the funniest people alive. I like to be funny and I like Stephen Colbert, thus the picture. I'm trying to make a face like his, but I can't lift only one brow, so I just look stupid.
-Me with the Obama table behind me. I don't need to comment on this one.
-This is the diet I'm on now. My friend Mandi has been very successful on this diet and so far I love it- I'm down 6 lbs so far.
-Perhaps I should do this diet instead. It appears it was made for me!
-I have a love for cats, and I'm sure you'll see more pictures of Dexter in the future.
-I have a 12 year old son, who's hormones are surging. I may need to go back and buy this book!
-Dave Ramsey is why I don't go out as much. I really pick and choose where I spend my money! I don't mind too much- being debt free is too good a goal!
-I would love to travel. I haven't been many places outside of the US. Just the Caribbean and Mexico. The Travel Channel is one of my favorite things to watch. I want to experience the culture, food, etc.
-My hometown- who would have thought they had a book about Historic Roswell!
-Edward Cullen- do I even need to explain?
-My favorite artist of all time- The Beatles.
-After we look at each other's pictures and laugh, we go around and found a couple books that worked for all of us.
-It Girls Guide to Blogging- we all have blogs!
-Facebook for Dummies- we're all over facebook!
-Finally we made it to the movie. We saw "He's Just Not That Into You" and it was great. Loved the acting and loved the cast. I would have liked to have some popcorn like my girls, but instead I had a bottled water and some diced crunchy veggies! Go me!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Did Ben take something from behind the picture of him and Alex
- What the heck is that smoke monster?
- How in the world does that drain summon the smoke monster?
- Did Ben really not remember Jin, Kate, Jack, etc being part of Dharma?
- What was in the box that Ilana and Bram were trying to move? Is it Locke's casket? Will his dead body be in it?
- Who are Ilana, Bram and the other people on the plane? Were they hired by Widmore to follow Ben? Have they been on the island before?
- What lies in the shadow of the statue.
- Who did Widmore have a child with? I assume the child is Penny, but that means her mother isn't Eloise because Eloise is an other, not an outsider.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- My coffee, oh how I've missed my coffee! I could drink it black, but I'd rather not drink it at all. I usually drink it with vanilla liquid coffeemate- delicious!
- Diet Lipton Blueberry Green Tea- yep, that's right. I can't even have diet drinks...but only in the first week.
- French Fries- we're going to chick-fil-a today for lunch and I know it will be hard!
- Broccoli Cheese Rice- this is something that we have pretty often, as it's Bailey's favorite food in the world!
- Cheese- I can have small amounts of reduced fat cheese, but there's nothing like cheese cubes or slices.
- Desserts like the yummy fudge brownie ice cream that's sitting in my fridge.
- Butter- I love butter. The Pioneer Woman is where I get my favorite recipes!
- Carbs with dinner. Not just the lack of rice, noodles or potatoes, but the lack of a yummy roll, texas toast or cornbread muffin.
- French Toast. Ok, I don't really ever eat french toast, but I just made some for Jake and it smells so good that I want to eat all three slices at once. Maybe it's just the smell of the syrup that's making my mouth water. Hmm.
- Night time snacking- whether it is popcorn or chips or a bowl of ice cream. I'm a night time snacker. It's hard not to do this.
Honestly, I had a really hard time coming up with this list. After the first couple things I had to really dig deep. That's a good thing!
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Monday, April 6, 2009
Yesterday and today I read Harvest by Tess Gerritsen. It was predictable, but I did enjoy it a lot. The main character reminded me of Meredith Grey and another reminded me of Cristina Yang from Grey's Anatomy. It was a good read.
Before that, I read The Innocent by Harlan Coben. I really liked this one! It is about an ex-con who is suddenly wrapped up in a new case that he has nothing to do with...but his wife is involved!
The last two books I read before these, I loved, but I leant them to a friend and I can't remember what they were called!
Right now, I'm about to start Natural Causes by Michael Palmer. Next on my list is Detour by James Siegel. The last three books I picked up are all James Patterson books- believe it or not, I have never read one of his book! I'll let you know how they are. So, what are you reading?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Losing a Child to Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes
The sole purpose for writing this article is to hopefully spare every other parent from going through the needless trauma that our family has suffered from the sheer lack of education about Juvenile Diabetes. The medical community readily admits that first time presentations of patients suffering from Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes (SOJD) is commonly in a hospital ER setting to be followed up by a stay in ICU. In our case, it was the Pediatric ICU at Huntsville Hospital.If you don't have a family history of diabetes, the last thing that you, as a parent, might consider to be a childhood malady would be (SOJD), also known as Type 1 Diabetes. For 6 years, our daughter had been the picture of health. She had the normal childhood illnesses ear infections, sinus infections, stomach viruses and such nothing out of the ordinary. So, as an experienced and I thought, educated, parent of 4 children, when our daughter, the next to the youngest child in our family, started exhibiting symptoms that very closely mimicked stomach flu, an illness that our 8 year old child had a couple months earlier, it was no wonder that I didn't consider the notion that this illness was anything else. Unfortunately, it was something very sinister and deadly.The last week of January, Mary Kathryn, our daughter, had started acting the best description would be, droopy. She just didn't seem herself, but aside from drinking more liquids, nothing seemed too out of the ordinary. After all, she was just in kindergarten a lot of other kids that I know come home from school and seem tired. Preferring to lay on the couch instead of going outside to play then too, it is January who wants to go play outside in the cold anyway? So, I didn't think too much about it.The next day the school nurse called to say that Mary Kathryn had come to her office because her tummy was hurting. The nurse checked her temperature, which was fine. I asked her if she thought I should come and get my daughter and she didn't seem to think that was necessary. I told her about Mary Kathryn drinking more fluids and the nurse asked if we had had her blood glucose levels checked and I said no. And I asked if higher fluid intake could relate to a viral type infection and the nurse said yes. I spoke to Mary Kathryn's teacher and asked her to keep an extra close watch on Mary Kathryn and call me if she thought I needed to come and get her. The next contact that I received from her teacher was that Mary Kathryn seemed fine and to be feeling better.On Wednesday of that week, Mary Kathryn got up feeling more sick and complained about her tummy hurting. Fearing that she had contracted a stomach virus from school, I kept her home that day. For the most part, she would rest on the couch. She ate some jello and fruit, apple and grapes, her favorites and she was drinking a lot, but she wasn't running a fever so I kept waiting for the inevitable trips to the bathroom to help her with and got the Lysol disinfectant ready.Thursday was a repeat of Wednesday. She never vomited, but she kept complaining that her tummy didn't feel well. When I got up on Friday I thought, surely she's coming around the corner today with this sickness, but when she wasn't any better, I reminded myself that my 8 year old was sick on the couch for 5 days with the stomach flu before he finally got better, so I assumed she was going to be the same way. But on Saturday, she was so weak that I sat and held her most of the day. I gave her anything she asked for Popsicles, Coke, apples, Jello, water all in hopes that any of it would help her to start feeling better, amidst all this, almost constant trips to the bathroom. By late in the afternoon, I had gotten scared that something else was going on. She was just so incredibly weak, I knew that I had to get her to the hospital.I arrived at Guntersville Hospital ER at around 6:30 p.m. We didn't have to wait long to be seen by the triage nurses. They asked what was going on with Mary Kathryn and I told them that she was complaining about her tummy bothering her, but she was so weak and her breathing was labored. I also told them that she had started drinking more fluids and going to the bathroom a lot. They exchanged knowing looks and ordered a blood glucose test. When the results came back, they showed that Mary Kathryn had SOJD, Type 1 Diabetes. I was shocked we didn't have a family history of diabetes. The doctor told me that didn't matter. Having a family history of diabetes only increases the risk to other family members it doesn't guarantee that if you don't have a history of diabetes that that means you're home free and can't get diabetes.Because of the immediate medical needs of my daughter, she was transferred to Huntsville Hospital's Pediatric ICU. We arrived at that hospital by 10:30 p.m. I had to wait for an hour while the nurses and doctor got her situated in her room. By the time the doctor was ready to speak to me, my husband had also arrived at the hospital. The doctor explained that what was going on with Mary Kathryn at the moment was called Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). Because Mary Kathryn's pancreas had shut down, her body had no way of making insulin, which is what the body needs in order to metabolize sugar in the body so that it can be used to fuel the cells. The only way to flush out excess glucose in the body is for fluid to bind with the glucose so that it can be flushed from the body. Which is why Mary Kathryn's thirst had increased and also why she needed to use the bathroom more. Another side effect from DKA is that the patient can't drink enough fluid that the body needs to help flush the glucose out of their system so the body also starts robbing fluids from fat tissues, muscle tissues and even the organs of the body. As it turned out, Mary Kathryn was extremely dehydrated because of her condition.I stayed by her bed in the ICU as every intervention, on Mary Kathryn's behalf was made by the doctors and nurses. I would hold her hand and talk to her. Every time her big brown eyes would open, I would stand up next to her and tell her that I loved her. She'd ask, "When can I go home, mommy?" and I'd say "soon". The last time she opened her eyes, I stood up next to her and whispered in her ear, "Mary Kathryn, I love you" and she said, "I love you too, mommy". Those were the last words she ever spoke. She would later become unresponsive, she went into a coma, and later we found out that because she was so dehydrated and during the process of hydrating her, plus trying to stabilize her blood glucose levels, her brain swelled and herniated causing brain death. From the time I found out that my daughter was a diabetic, until the time that she died, was a period of less than 18 hours. And the medical community readily admits that first time presentations of patients suffering from Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes (SOJD) is commonly in a hospital ER setting to be followed up by a stay in ICU. Most patients live, but there are others, like my daughter that do not.You might ask, "Do you blame yourself?" My honest answer would be "yes". I've tried to blame myself every way imaginable. After all, I'm a pretty educated parent, right? But, here's the sad truth, I can't even take the morbid pleasure in kicking myself because I'm an idiot, because some doctors have missed it in their patients and some of them have missed it in their own children. Well, okay I concede that I'm not as smart as a Medical Doctor, but it's my fault I should have gotten her to the hospital earlier. I am at fault there, right? You might think so, until I found out that patients have shown up at hospitals in worse shape than my daughter and with higher blood glucose levels than she did and they lived. So, I'm left with no one to blame except for the lack of information out there and the silent epidemic that no one wants to talk about.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Education and Vigilance Needed for Juvenile Diabetes
In sharing our story with other parents, some of the most common responses they have given to me are, "Your story scares me to death." "How can I, as a parent, know when I should be worried about a symptom?" "Because of what has happened to you, it makes me want to take my child to the ER every time they have so much as a sniffle!" A parent's first line of defense against Juvenile (type 1) Diabetes is education coupled with vigilance.
Let's get educated. Unfortunately, Juvenile Diabetes can mimic other common childhood illnesses, so it's very important to pay attention to the symptoms that your child is exhibiting. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms do not hesitate to take them to your doctor.
Recognized Signs and Symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes
Rapid Weight Loss- is often the most noticeable symptom.
Extreme thirst - is not unusual in children, especially in warm weather. Also, once children are old enough and tall enough get water themselves it can be difficult to monitor their fluid intake.
Frequent urination - this becomes more obvious to parents if traveling with children, but just around the home it can be difficult to spot.
Eye Sight or Vision Changes - should not be attributed to too much time in front of the television or computer screen.
Sweet smelling breath- may be noticed by parents, but can just as easily be attributed to something the child has eaten.
Increased appetites- may be evident, but of course children are growing and can have large appetites.
Lack of energy or even drowsiness - unless excessive, may go unnoticed. Many children now lead very sedentary lifestyles and lethargy may simply not be noticed.
Heavy, labored breathing - another symptom which can be masked by any number of respiratory problems which seem to be more prevalent in children (i.e. asthma).
In this busy life that we lead, we have to be aware of what is "normal" for our child. Does the child typically rest or seem tired during the day? Do they normally drink a lot, or is this something new? Is the child dieting and purposely trying to lose weight? This is where parental vigilance comes into play. Don't just dismiss unusual behaviors as simply a child being a child.
The doctor that treated our daughter told us that Mary Kathryn had been having difficulty for 3 months. The doctor could tell this by some of the tests that she had performed. Upon reflection, after the doctor revealed that information to us, I could remember that Mary Kathryn had started drinking more during that time frame. Not substantially more, but just enough for me to notice and dismiss it as something that wasn't alarming. After all, I usually sip on something frequently throughout the day…so I thought she was going to be like me.
In Juvenile Diabetes, there DOES NOT have to be a family history of the disease. It strikes suddenly and without apparent warning. However, once there is a diagnosis of Juvenile Diabetes in a family, the risk to other siblings is increased and those children should be monitored.
Within a few weeks of Mary Kathryn's death, I had purchased a Glucometer, the blood test strips and Ketone Urinalysis strips to have on hand. I purchased all of these items at WalMart for just under $50. None of the items require a prescription. I've tested our whole family and will continue to do so, because you just…don't…know. You can also have your doctor perform this test in his office. It's quick and inexpensive and will let you know almost immediately if there is a problem.
Education is our only weapon in combating this disease. It is so important that we try to bring about a change in how this illness is diagnosed. With all the medical advances that have been made in the world, it is unfathomable to me that there is not a more proactive way to combat this illness. Whether it's a need for more information in the doctors offices or mandated blood tests to help with early diagnosis…I don't have the answer. All I do know is, that not so much as a whisper about Juvenile Diabetes, the signs or symptoms of this disease, has ever mentioned to me during routine doctor visits or at any other time. I was aware of other kids having Juvenile Diabetes, but I assumed it was because one of the parents had the disease or there was a family history of it somewhere in their family. Obviously, it was just a lack of education on my part.
It's my hope that this article will further help educate parents about this disease. In the end as parents, our most precious gift is our children. Our wealth is not in the amount of money we have or our possessions, it's in the lives of the children with which we've been entrusted. Whether they're our own children or those that we've been fortunate enough to have been allowed the time to share in their lives, children mold us every bit as much as we try to mold them and they leave an indelible mark on our lives that will forever remain.