Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Bragging Rights

Just dropping in to say everything is going really well over here. In terms of Emma's diabetes and controlling it to both of our new jobs and Momma's recovery. Very busy though. I just don't feel the need to be posting on Emma's perfect BS's, or that this new job is the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time. But i just did... i guess i am proud.

Emma's thought process has been really developing so rapidly and sharply. Making her say and do the most of darnedest of things. She is a truly special little human being.

Every time i lift her up i am thankful that i have her to lift. I didn't want just anyone to be my first born. I wanted Emma to be. I cannot think of a greater gift. This is why i have bragging rights.

See you all soon.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Our First Seminar

Our Diabetes Education Resource Center here in Winnipeg held a all day seminar about the teen brain and diabetes. Emma is sure a long way off from becoming a teen. However we thought this was a great opportunity to more or less prepare ourselves and get educated on the resources offered here in Manitoba. (and may even find a babysitter with type 1).

In the afternoon the research crew were able to present what has been going on in those terms in the past while. We learned about Pumping and their goals for pumps. Regarding closed loop systems. We learned that researchers are more openly thinking outside the box, to alleviate some "staleness" in some past research findings for finding a cure that seem to be redundant after a while. (this was my take on it).

But! With saying that we came out of there with a replenished sense of optimism and hope in regards to the research and awareness that has transcended over the past while.

The highlight of our day was by far meeting our Nations Youth Ambassador for The Unite For Diabetes Campaign for the Resolution on Diabetes. I hope did not butcher that description too much. I had the pleasure of shaking his hand during lunch and was honored that he got to meet Emma as well. Honestly at that time i had no idea on who i was meeting and what sort of impact he has had on thousands of Diabetics and of his mission.

How cool is that?!!!! Twenty five hand picked ambassadors throughout the world and our guy is from Winnipeg.
Joshua talked (very well) about this past year in Cape Town South Africa where they were advocating for November 14 to be recognized under the UN as National Diabetes Day.
Diabetes is the first non communicable disease that has been recognized by the UN. This will raise the awareness and i believe will instill a better sense of urgency on finding a cure.

I always find myself making sure people know in one way or another that Emma has diabetes. It wasn't up until yesterday did i accept that this was the right thing to be doing. Now i know. It was. And it is.
Simply i am spreading the awareness of this disease. Communicating to people and showing them this is a disease that Emma and others should not have to live with. We were all put on this earth for a reason. My families function is slowly evolving.

Well this may be it for me for a while as i am flying to Calgary and then Vancouver to start my new career. I will miss Momma and Emma alot. I just hope they have a welcome home banner for me when i get home.

This is the 5 minute video that was filmed in Cape Town. Joshua shared it with is yesterday.
Break the silence.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Oh Nuts!?

Upon entering the gym changeroom this past Friday. I glanced over at the air dryer and noticed a man, an old man he was, choosing to dry himself off under this dryer. He was shaking his (what seemed to be a hand towel) between his legs, i guess to expedite the drying process in his "region". However upon further investigation it was not his hand towel he was shaking but merely his nutsack! And i swear to god if he let go of one end of it, it would have smacked the poor unsuspecting swimmer sitting next to him. Good thing the swimmer had just put on his goggles i had thought.
I am pretty sure since his nutsack was so gargantuan and elastic he could climb to the highest tree, grab each end of his "cloak" and float from tree to tree, just as a flying squirrel would in search of a warm place to sleep.
With saying this i wonder what does the future hold for my sleeve? How do i manage this possibility? How do i go about damage control? Is this a natural physical change that every man goes through? I sure hope it is just a statistic. I have googled it but nothing comes up of any value to my concern. Just scary pictures of flying squirrels.
Or even it is very possible this man was a ignorant and not a very nice person to others growing up. And in turn he himself became a "nutsack of epic proportions". I guess time and gravity will tell the tale as we move on.
But until then it is supportive briefs, no air dryers, and minding my p's and q's.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

We had the absolute pleasure last weekend of meeting the Olsen family. They are a great bunch. Their daughters are absolutely adorable. I thought it was just super that we got to meet someone from this Diabetes Online Community in person.

Jamie took some pictures. Unfortunately my camera was dead. However please check them out on her site. Of course the couple of hours was mainly spent talking Diabetes. And that seemed to be fine for all of us. It was comforting when Jamie brought out her test kit and tested Danielle. That is the first time i have ever seen anyone else get tested. It is extremely therapeutic and replenishing to be in the presence of great people, and great people going through this first hand helps too.

I feel that we connected when otherwise we possibly would not have. I love people. I love meeting new faces. I am smitten when i get to know how other families exist and let us into their lives. Totally awesome. I would love to meet all of you one day. Maybe we can all have a party together when we see the cure. Deal?

Emma and Mom will be going to the clinic tomorrow. And i know Momma will enter that building with broad shoulders and holding Emma proudly. So she should. Because she has everything to be proud of. Her numbers have been dialed in like a well oiled machine. And the way she has been coping over the past few months with this among what has been going on in this house since her DX. Wow! Iron woman.

On a non Diabetes related note....No more UPS for me. I have officially given my notice of resignation this past Tuesday. My last day there will be next Friday. I feel really really good about that. However UPS has been a really big part of my life. I have more or less matured and gained an unprecedented work ethic from being there. I owe alot to that company, but it was time to move on and do something that i have wanted to do for a very long time.
I am now a Sales Representative for a Sporting Wholesale Company. I start on The following Monday with training in Calgary and Vancouver. This was a move that will able me to spend more time with Momma and Emma. And be more involved in every ones lives including mine.