Diabetes Caregiving Resolutions for the New Year
My New Year's Diabetic Parenting Resolutions:
- To say "what was your blood sugar" one less time every day. (I'm a mom I can't just stop saying it!)
- To have REALLY good and tasty snacks on hand to treat low blood sugar.
- To NEVER buy that disgusting "sugar free" chocolate that gives everyone in our family stomach aches.
- To plant two "new" foods in our vegetable garden and get my family eating them (I'm thinking parsnips and some sort of interesting green. I must pull Gretchen's salad blog for ideas there).
- To figure out the local pizza! Specifically the carb count and fat content so we can bolus correctly for pizza from the neighborhood pizza parlors.
- To guess less on carb counts and weigh food more. We now have the tool to do this - my husband bought the family one of those nifty food scales with all the bells and whistles. I think Dave Mendosa's blog inspired him to do this.
- To maximize the insulin pump's extended bolus/combination bolus functions for the pizza and fatty foods.
- To trust my son to make the right decision and not berate him when he makes the wrong one but help him problem solve instead.
- And most importantly, to put diabetes second or third in terms of life priorities and make sure living life to the fullest and having fun as a family remains number one!
My son is now Internet-savvy enough to find this list later in the year and print it out. Well accountability, personal or otherwise, is half the battle for change, so I may as well make this list public. On a personal note, my New Year's Resolution is to do pilates twice a week starting at 5 p.m. today.
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