"Making the decision to have a child -it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." Elizabeth Stone
Catch up on our families daily adventures, learn more about our dreams and experience life with diabetes through our eyes! Grab a cup of something warm and read on to learn more about my Random Thoughts....
I'm so proud of Kaci. Last week she decided to run for school Vice President! She made these AWESOME posters (and more)to hang around the school before elections. She wrote a speech and recorded it for the announcements at school. Unfortunately, she didn't win. But I am so proud of her for trying. It takes a lot of courage and I am finding that she is becoming braver and braver everyday!
Here is a letter Kaci wrote- in her own words to help explain her Diabetes.
Hi! My name is Kaci Borchgardt. I am 10 years old and I am in the 5th grade.
I was diagnosed with Diabetes when I was just 7 years old on July 28, 2009.
It was the year before I started 2nd grade. I was drinking a lot of water and going to the bathroom a lot. I also lost a lot of weight and I was tired all the time. I had to go to the hospital and that is when I found out I had Diabetes. My Uncle also has Diabetes. He has had it for over 28 years.
Now I have to check my blood sugar with a finger prick before I eat. Each year I have to prick my finger with a needle about 2, 190 times. I also have to take shots with insulin in them each time I eat and before I go to bed. Each year I have to take about 1, 825 shots! Can you imagine that?! Yeah, it hurts. Sometimes I wish it would just "poof" disappear. Some of the reasons I don't want Diabetes are - because the shots hurt and I can't have sweets as much as I used to- unless my blood sugar is low.
If I don't check my blood sugar or take my shots the side affects are blindness, heart disease, liver and kidney failure and even amputation. I volunteer to help raise money every year. I hope that you will too. All the money you, and others raise, will go to the doctors and scientists so they can buy supplies to find a cure!
Thank you for considering making a donation and thank you for keeping me in your prayers!
Every year when school starts back up – we seem to get back on this same
damn roller coaster.
I HATE ROLLER COASTERS!
The change in sleep patterns, eating patterns and overall daily routine
really seem to throw Kaci’s blood sugar readings for a loop~pun intended!
Over the last few weeks we have noticed that Kaci’s blood sugars have been
“Out of Whack!”
Out of whack on the HIGH side- UGH!Not that “Out of Whack”on the low side would make me any happier....that
would be UGH too!
But she has had several readings over 300- those are the readings that make
me cringe. When the meter *beeps* and the number on the screen is above 300- it
is as if I can hear her body screaming inside!
I hear her eyes scream,” We don’t want nephropathy!”
I hear her kidneys saying, “We don’t want to fail you now. Please don’t
Her fingers and toes yell, “Please we don’t want to be amputated! Let us
stay!! We like to help you draw and dance!”
And of course her heart is pounding at the thought that it might be ruined
by heart disease later in life.
Of course, in my mind, I know that these are just a few readings. That in
between the HIGHS there are the good readings of 114, 102 and 136. I know that
we have not let her Diabetes get “out of control” I know that we are pricking her finger before every meal. I know that we are adding,
subtracting and dividing at EVERY meal. I know that we are taking a shot at EVERY MEAL! That I am calling the nurse each day to
check on Kaci. I know that I emailed all her numbers to the doctor’s office on Monday
to get this under *better* control. We have increased her Lantus (night shot) to
help make her base level insulin work better with her fast acting insulin. I
know that I set my alarm for 2 and 4 to make sure that she is not going low
because of this.
I really miss REM sleep!
I also know that diet and insulin are not the only things that factor in to
I know you also have to think about HOW much you eat, what TIME you
You have to think about how much EXERCISE you are getting....or not
You have to think about your STRESS levels. When you are stressed hormones are released into
the bloodstream in order to raise blood sugar levels to give more energy.
You also have to
think about being SICK. When you are coming down with a cold or illness, the body produces hormones to help
fight the illness.
These hormones can alter insulin
production in the body making your blood sugar much higher or lower than usual.
You also have to think about PUBERTY!
When kiddos are going through puberty the hormones that are working overtime in
their bodies is also working overtime to resist the insulin they are
Well....when I think about all of those things- Kaci’s HIGH reading should
make so much more sense.
Her eating and sleeping schedules are COMPLETELY different from summer.
She is my little PERFECTIONIST and 5th grade is bringing on the pressure!
She has been working with a small cough, runny nose and itchy throat for
about a week now. –
and well...let’s just say puberty is KNOCKING (very loudly) on the front
BAM! BAM! BAM!
All of these things accounted for- I still take the BLAME....
FOR WHAT, you ask?
Well – for the fact that her pancreas quit working in the first place...you
know I only breastfeed for 6 weeks. I am SURE if I would have breast feed longer
her pancreas would be just FINE- NOT!?
Since I am the one that adds her meal carbs together and gives her most of
her injections- I must be doing it wrong....NOT!
I should have noticed her sniffles and given her her allergy medicine 3
days ago instead of 2.....NOT!
I should be a BETTER pancreas.....but I am human and I am doing the best I
Here is how we have spent much of the last 3 weeks at our house. Counting, Tearing, stuffing and rubber banding JDRF Kids School Walk folders. I am so proud of my kiddos! I am also very happy to announce that Kaci and Bailey's school will be participating in the JDRF School Kids Walk this year. I can't wait to present for all the grade levels and raise not only money, but awareness!