Monday, March 13, 2017

Overcoming Anxiety #SuperNate


This little man ❤️!! He loves #football 🏈 so much & he scored his first #touchdown today. He also played #defense like a boss! I'm so proud of him. He used to have terrible #anxiety about his #diabetes and playing #sports. He's come SO FAR! His teammates and his coach are all amazing so #typeonediabetes has fallen into the background for him while he plays! He truly is #SuperNate















Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Emma's 13th Birthday

International Women's Day -- what an appropriate day to celebrate this beautiful girl that is turning into an amazing woman right before my eyes! Happy 13th to my #1 girl, Emma Leigh Houston! 
Here's to STRONG WOMEN. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. 
I tried to pick 13 of my favorite pics but you can see how that turned out -- it didn't.  Looking back at pics and sharing them is totally my jam! 



I'd say she's had a great birthday! Last night she had a special date night with her dad (shopping and Perry's Steakhouse), this morning she woke up to cake and gifts, Dry Bar, lunch with GaGa and Poppa, shopping, shopping, and more shopping! And Friday a special date night with her bonus dad, Ian. 
Turning 13 seems like BEST. DAY. EVER. 
And the mushy part! She's such a great kid! She's always been so easy and now she's so fun, funny, caring, empathetic, kind, strong, independent, and just so amazing! 
To top it off she got a special note in the mail today from one of her teachers thanking her for being an 'awesome kid' --- 💥Proud Momma 💥.


These 2 make me laugh every single day.  #BonusDad #BirthdayGirl#BirthdayDate #EmmaLouWhoDrew @emma_leigh_03 @ianivory #LittleBlueBox #13 #SpoiledRotten @ The Hivory Home ️️





Friday, February 17, 2017

Dexcom Denied


#Insurance #denied again. We ended up paying cash because #Dexcom is a #MedicalNecessity. It has literally saved #SuperNate's life and the peace of mind is priceless. This small little transmitter (x2) is $600. It blows my mind that #Medicaid#StarKids #MDCPTexas doesn't think Nate's life is worth it. I do. ❤️







Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Medical Supplies - Full Time Job


I seriously wish I could be paid by the hour for the time I spend advocating for medical supplies for my children. I normally like to keep things upbeat and chill on FB but today has been a beating, this week has been a beating ...

Children with lifelong chronic illnesses should not have to fight for the medically necessary equipment that keeps them alive. No one should!

How hard is it? 

And I fear things are only going to get worse all the way around --- fighting for their medical needs and their federally protected rights is exhausting.

Today I am tired. More than just sleepy. Just tired of the bullshit. And let's be clear ---- it is all bullshit. 





Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Night Fun with Diabetes and Crohns

From Friday, February 10th on Facebook: Rocking #Friday night at the #HivoryHome #Hivory2017 #Humira#Omnipod #CrohnsDisease #TypeOneDiabetes #Freestyle #SuperNate#SophieDoodleDoo #MomMomMommyMom #HoustonWeHaveAProblem#Blog #OurAutoimmuneLife








I do love this crazy life ours!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Plexus Perks - Working from Home - Endo Day



Still my favorite boy today! #BoyMom #DMom #TypeOneDiabetes --- Endo Day for this #cuteness#A1C #Diabetes #SuperNate #Hivory2017#workathomemom #WAHM
So fortunate to be able to spend time w this guy and have the #timefreedom to take him to all of his appointments.  







The above is taken from my Instagram post on February 8th.  I really do love being able to work from home and spend time with my littles when they need me.  Nate's quarterly endocrinologist appointment is not how I would choose to spend time with my boy but we make the best out of what we have been given and usually end up having such a great day together!  

Blessed by Plexus.  Blessed to be a Boy Mom!  -- Blessed! 


❤️


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sophie Turns 11


She's stubborn, messy, a brat at times, clumsy, loud, and silly but in my eyes she's perfect!  She's taught me how to love fiercely and unconditionally. 
Let's be honest, there are days that she tests me from the moment she gets up until the moment I'm screaming for her to go to sleep but that's the me in her. She's strong, passionate, brave, and beautiful. 
She will be the friend that is there --- no questions asked. I call it the 'bury the body' friend. She's true to herself and fights for what she wants. Amazing little warrior.  ❤️
Though she be but little, she is fierce. 
I love seeing these pictures that demonstrate every aspect of her personality. ---> Uploaded them here!
And yes, she chose to go 4-wheeling with Ian today instead of a girls day w me. I love that she loves him so! ❤️
The Doodle is eleven today. Best day ever. 
#SophieDoodleDoodleDoo


---> The FB post here.






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The 'What If' Game



Posted from Facebook 1/20/17

After almost 8 years with Type One Diabetes we have learned to roll with most anything it throws our way. Some days are easier than others and some days are much harder. 
Last night while Nate slept his blood sugar dropped unexpectedly. Those little red dots are sever hypoglycemia that he slept through and we almost missed. By the time his Continuous Glucose Monitor alarmed, his blood sugar was 47. I fear it had actually gone much lower but by the time we got to him his body had already started fighting the hypo, thankfully. 
His liver dumped glucose (its much more complicated - won't go into it all here) which saved his life. We gave him 10g of carbohydrates which would normally raise his blood sugar by about 100 but his blood sugar soared over 500 and stayed there most of the night. 
It was a long night filled with what-ifs, what could have beens, and FUD. I share this not looking
for sympathy or praises but instead to educate. 
Diabetes is not a joke, it's not a punchline, and it's not to be taken lightly. 
I don't exaggerate when I write this --- 
We could have lost him last night. While he slept. In the next room. 
I can't even think about it without tears stinging my eyes and rolling down my cheeks --- it makes my body physically ache to go over what could have happened. And I went over it in my head all night long. 
There's nothing funny about that. 
And I'm not alone. There were moms and dads around the world carefully watching over their children last night. Forcing them to eat in their sleep to keep them alive, carefully calculating insulin doses to lower dangerously high blood sugars, and some just watching the rise and fall of their children's chest because sometimes the fear is so overwhelming. 
There were adults doing it all too. These babies grow up and diabetes doesn't go away! Wives checking husbands, husbands battling with hypoglycemic wives ... ❤️
It's a tough disease and the people that live with it are amongst the strongest people I know! They are warriors. 
--- Thankfully smooching Nate's face off this morning while he rolls his eyes, grins his silly grin, and allows me to love on him all while he has no idea what happened last night.  








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Just a Mom

I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog.

I AM a wife.
I AM the mom of 3 wonderful children.
I AM my son's pancreas.

The information provided on this blog is from our personal experiences with Type 1 diabetes. Because something works for us does not mean it will work for you.

Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your health care options.

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