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Has it really been a month since my last post?

Oh my.

And, have I really not commented on any of your posts in the last month?

Oh, oh my.

Please forgive me. I have been busy being 'off the grid' with homeschooling and the huge overhauls that come with being with your children 24/7.

Allow me to 'ease' back into the groove of blogging with a few updates and a few comments to recent posts. Baby steps, if you will.

- Homeschooling is turning out to be everything I hoped it would be, and kiddos agree. It did take a couple of weeks to adjust to being around each other all the time and learn how to switch our roles from parent/child to teacher/student and back again, about 349 times a day. I think we are all developing multiple personalities and as long as we all get along I am fine with the extra attendance . . . we do need to start assigning names to all these personas so we know who we are dealing with and when, however.

- Ellie has been podding with the Ominpod insulin pump for six weeks and I think I can speak for her and say it it pure awschumness!! So far she has worn the pod on the back of her arms, her tummy and top of her bum cheeks.

We have experienced both a blocked cannula (on the third day within hours of a site change) and defective pods (not beeping when filled with insulin during a site change) but other than that, we have gotten the full 72 hours out of each pod.

While Ellie's blood sugars still fluctuate quite a bit, we are noticing less of the extreme highs or lows. Before podding, Ellie would experience 6-8 hyperglycemic episodes a week. In addition, before podding, we were rarely correcting a high blood sugar unless she was going to eat. Now, Ellie is having only 1-2 lows a week and correcting highs are a breeze with just a push of a button.

Our quarterly endocrinologist appointment is on Wednesday so we are anxious and excited to see if her a1c shows improvement as well as see if her 'rollarcoaster' numbers have lost some of their 'wwweeeeeeee' factor.

- in other news, autumn is here and I am l-o-v-i-n-g every second of the cooler temperatures, lower humidity and color changing plant life. Fall is my favorite time of year and I feel blessed to home with the kids this year so we can get out an enjoy as much time outdoors before old man winters chase us inside.

This week will be busy but I want to get back into a more regular blogging routine. I am not desperate enough to make a to-do list (I try to avoid making lists because they drive me mad!) but I will ask my 'organized personality' . . . let's call her Fanny . . . to keep me accountable to my tasks.

Enjoy the day and take time for a deep breath of autumn air, wherever you are!


Heidi / D-Tales said...

Looking forward to hearing more from Fanny! :) Though I totally understand the need for a blogging break.

I am in awe of your awschumness. The ability to parent and teach is beyond me. Way to go, my friend! So happy to hear that homeschooling has gotten off to a good start!

Your Omnipod updates delight me. I'm leaning more and more toward podding.

Joanne said...

I've miiiiiiiissed you! The DOC is just not the same without your wonderful brand of sarcasm.

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

I was so excited to see a post from you! I miss hearing from you.

I'm so glad that you are all loving homeschooling! It truly is a blessing to be with the kiddos every day.

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Yay for seeing your Fanny around here more often!

Roselady said...

Hi Amy!
Yes, just hi, to busy to write more...

Mary said...

Welcome back!! And I'm so glad to see that pumping is going well! It's just a whole new world, isn't it? That push-of-a-button bolus is just heaven. And congratulations on the home school success thus far! You are my hero. ;-)

Sarah said...

yeah for Fanny. I am glad things are going well...can't wait to hear more. And, we've called about the whole "cutting the cord" deal with Omnipod...sooooo tempting, just might have to jump in as we're having some issues with our current pumping scene.
Enjoy the crisp fall weather :)

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Was totally excited to see you had posted! And on a day when I've posted and am making time to comment and not just read!!
We had an amazing fall day today...it's a very short season around here as the snow is already creeping down the mountains and will be on the ground before we know it.
But, enjoying every second, none-the-less.
Excited all is going well with all of you and your new found personas! :)

Reyna said...

Me too...I have really missed you my most uber-aweschome friend. Your wit has been missed terribly. So glad that podding and homeschooling are going well. HEART YOU BIG TIME LADY!

Tracy1918 said...

Glad to see you're back! I'm falling behind too! I'm glad the pod is working out. Yay!

Jules said...

welcome back. time does fly. glad to hear home schooling is going well. its crossed my mind in relation to my d-child before. pleased the pod is going well. keep us posted !