|Mackenzie right before diagnosis. 2010|
|Mackenzie in the hospital on Christmas Eve.|
|Glucose monitor, lancer, syringes, insulin, and test strips.|
Carb counting consumes my life, meals and food preparation are half of my day. Looking back over this past year I can see how much I have learned. When I bake I have to measure out ingredients by the gram and then calculate how many carbs are in that measurement. I have found that packages aren't necessarily true in their carb counts/serving sizes. Math isn't my strong point, and that is even an understatement. I have a loving relationship with my calculator, and am getting better at math.
|Weighing out ingredients by the gram.|
I have gotten a lot of eye rolls, and concern over how we manage Mackenzie. Some may feel that we are too obsessed with management. It is a huge task to maintain an average blood sugar of 120-150. I see excellent health in her future because of our diligence. Mackenzie is very involved in the process, and takes a lot of the blood sugar testing on herself. She doesn't want to take it all on, she wants to be a carefree kid a little longer, and I respect that. This is all consuming for our family, but what health concern isn't? We continue to pray for advancement in the cure, and new management tools for Type 1 Diabetes. Who knows God could bless us with a healing, miracles still happen!
|Mackenzie one year after diagnosis, age 9, 2011|