Friday, April 17, 2009


For the third year in a row, we have a robin that has taken up residence in the nest built between two rose bushes on the back of our house. Last year we actually had two cycles of eggs and babies.

Mama robin is staying pretty close to home these days, keeping her eggs warm with this unseasonably cold weather, so I don't have a good shot of the eggs, but we're excited to see the babies when they're ready to hatch!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Spring" Break

I think not!

I had great plans for some outside things to do this week of Spring Break. But, its not Spring Break. At least, its not spring. I do not call 45 degrees with winds gusting 20-30 miles spring.

So, the flowers I bought on Sunday are sitting in the garage waiting for it to get warm enough for me to plant them.

The sand that I wanted to get out of the sandbox and mix with the topsoil in the garden is STILL in the sandbox.

The tree that has decided that it is happily poised on the neighbor's fence is still there - hanging over their yard - because I couldn't start chopping away at it.

Maybe it will be warm enough by July!

Friday, April 03, 2009


Last Thursday, Emma started wearing a Continous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) full time. We have done a couple of trials before but this is now OURS. The proceess to acquire it was actually pretty painless, which is surprising because most people find themselves in a months-long process with multiple insurance appeals - ours was approved in 4-5 business days.

So, we went into Children's Hospital last Thursday to get trained on it and insert our first sensor. The sensor sits right underneath the skin and attachs to a rather large radio transmitter. That transmitter sends readings of Emma's glucose readings every minute to a receiver that we can have up to about 20 feet away from her - which means we can receive these readings on the reciever on MY nightstand while she's sleeping at night.

It alarms us for highs and lows in the hopes that we can catch them sooner than we would with just a planned or unplanned finger stick.

Our goal is for Emma to be within her target blood sugar range as much as possible. What this picture is showing you is bliss. The grey bar across the screen represents her target blood sugar range. And the black line represents the readings that were taken all morning by the sensor on the CGMS. So, from 7am until noon, Emma stayed almost perfectly in range. And after breakfast is usually the most difficult time to control, so I'm thrilled with this.

I look forward to a lot fewer highs and a lot fewer lows as a result of the CGMS.

Oops, it just alarmed that she's going low - guess its time for a finger stick to make sure!