Tree Hugger Update

I know it has been FOREVER since I posted last!

So here are some updates:

I started (with the whole family) a new eating lifestyle: Trim Healthy Mama
I have been on plan 1 year and 10 days and have lost 55 lbs…35 to go! (More on THM later!)

Since the last post, Gra-pa has passed away. He went peacefully in his sleep and he was ready to meet the Lord, can’t ask for much more than that! We all miss him, but he’s walking the Streets of Gold-with NO PAIN! Praise Jesus!

I had to make 2 quick trips to Florida to visit my Poppy, he found out in late January/early February he had Pancreatic cancer. I took the “Crew” down to see him while DH went to Oklahoma to perform a wedding ceremony for his cousin. It was a great visit and we got some good pics of the kiddos with Poppy.
The last week of May my Mom, sister and I flew back down to see him in the hospital for the last time. I was able to pray with him, something I had never been able to do. Before we had to fly back home, we went to see him and he looked me straight in the eye and said he was in God’s hands and he was ready to go.
I’m holding on to the hope that I will one day see Poppy in Heaven and he will be walking side by side with the dinosaurs he love studying so much!

The first weekend of August the Hubbs and I took off for Branson for our 17th anniversary. We loaded up the kiddos with junk and headed out for a weekend alone! (This RARELY happens-like once a year rare!)
When we came home late Monday night, DD2 was sick. She’d been sick off and on since May, but we blew it off and figured the summer heat was mostly to blame. She was doing a little better Tuesday, but still sleepy (and VERY grumpy!)
Wednesday she woke up with a headache so I gave her some ibuprophen and sent her back to bed, went grocery shopping and got home around 1:30. She was still in bed. I woke her up and she said she still had a headache and was starting to get a rash on her neck and chest. She had been training a horse and I figured she’d gotten into something, so I gave her Benadryl and more ibuprophen and sent her BACK to bed. I sent one of the other kiddos in around 5:30 to wake her up for church, when she came out the rash had spread to her arms and belly and was up on her face…I web-md’d her symptoms and the first thing I got was Lyme’s disease, next was another tick-borne illness, then some disease you only get in Third-World countries…
I debated taking her to Urgent Care, she had an appointment set up for the next day with her doctor anyway, but when the hubbs gets freaked out-we go immediately! So we get to urgent care-no fever (which is a sign of tick-born illness) and extreme headache-they send us to the ER said they needed blood-work results immediately and they didn’t have the capability to do that. So off to the ER we went.
You would think that when Urgent Care sends you over they would call and say “Hey we sent someone your way-they need to be seen ASAP”…they don’t!
After waiting 3 hours in the ER waiting room, someone finally comes and gets us, don’t bother with all the vitals, that was just done at Urgent Care, and took 9 vials of blood and sent it back for testing. We were starving, so we grabbed a couple bags of chips from the vending machine (they said that was fine, food doesn’t mess with tick-borne illnesses) and shared them. 12:00-labs are done so they put us back in the hallway (you would be surprised how busy the ER is on a Wednesday night!) with a little curtain around us and we waited…
1:30-more labs
2:30-ER doc comes in and says “Is your daughter diabetic?” I was like-uh-no-that would probably be in the file-don’t ya think…
I told him, no she wasn’t. He say’s I think we have our diagnosis…
He leaves, not saying anything, comes back 15 minutes later (after a tinkle test) and says “Your daughter has a blood sugar level of 363 (she had only eaten the chips all day) and is in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. She has Type 1 Diabetes. We are admitting her for at least 3 days and we are starting her on an insulin drip immediately”
By this time, I’m in zombie mode…I had been up 24 hours and had run almost non-stop since Friday, my phone was dead and my daughter was going to be admitted to the hospital. I really had no idea the severity of the situation (God protects my sanity that way!) so I was just going along thinking, they can fix this…I didn’t realize that when they said she was diabetic, they meant forever.
4:00-they get us in a room, Bail’s sleeping like a log, and I finally get a chance to get my charger out of the car and call the hubbs and tell him what’s going on and that we’ll be there a few days, so he better leave for work early so he can see us!

God knows what’s going to happen, to who, when and where…

Wednesday afternoon, on the way home from shopping I heard on the radio that 2 teens had been killed in our county in a freak car accident. Siblings, 15 and 17, the only 2 children in the family. I don’t want to leave this part out-they were good Christian kids. Ready to meet the Lord. It doesn’t make it a good situation, only a better one.

The only thing I could think of the whole time we spent in the hospital was-we can live with this. This isn’t terminal, it’s not cancer, she won’t have to do chemo, be deathly ill, loose her hair and possibly her life. She’s still ALIVE!

When Dr. Schwartz (who, in my opinion, has the best staff EVER!) came to visit, I was told that Bail should have been projectile vomiting or having seizures, he was surprised she was able to walk in. We got a lot of information in those 3 days! Learning how to give shots, I had to get one, so did the hubbs. We had to give Bail shots, test her glucose, write EVERYTHING down….and the hardest part-learn how to count carbs. 

Back to THM

I was told by several of the doctors/nurses that the only reason Bail’s blood sugar stayed stable as long as it had was the diet we were on. THM is a very low-glycemic (NOT low carb) diet. We spent 5 months non-THM learning what she could eat (which is whatever she wants!), how to dose for it, and what foods effect her more than others. I would suggest that anyone Type 1 not eat Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel! She ate 1-just 1-and dosed for it and it spiked her blood sugar to over 300!!! Chocolate is much better!

It is now January 9th, we have been on THM for 9 days and her blood sugar has stayed more stable than it has the last 5 months. And I’ve lost 5 lbs and 3 1/2 inches since the 2nd.
We went non-THM because it overwhelmed me trying to do S, E and FP along with counting carbs. (I’ll post more on THM in the next few weeks, along with my journey…this is supposed to be a “quick” update 😉 ) And we were trying to conserve money by buying more sandwich stuff…cheaper foods etc. But what I’ve found out is-THM is the most cost effective way to eat. I can spend $300 on food (for a family of 7) and it last about 3 weeks compared to the $20-$40 I was spending every couple days “eating cheaper”.

I think that’s all I need to update on…

Until the next post….

(11)For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (12)Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. (13)And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.         Jeremiah 29:11-13





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