It’s time for the Big Blue Test!

What is the Big Blue test? Let me tell you a little about a very important event for the diabetes community as a whole.


My good friends at the Diabetes Hands Foundation started the Big Blue Test a few years back as a way to raise money. The Big Blue Test grants awarded this year will benefit two US-based initiatives (each will receive US$10,000) and an additional US$15,000 will support a project in the Dominican Republic.


Here’s a outline of what the Big Blue Test is:

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation that rallies communities to experience the impact that small changes can have on their health. Taking the Big Blue Test is easy: See their site for details.

Since 2010, over 40,000 people helped themselves while helping more than 10,000 others. Most participants in the Big Blue Test experience an average blood sugar drop of 20%. Each Big Blue Test helps you and helps others, through a life-saving donation made on your behalf. This has translated in $250,000 awarded by Diabetes Hands Foundation in Big Blue Test grants in the past 4 years.  (some portions of this were copied from the Diabetes Hands Foundations Website)


Please help out this cause, as many times as you can. Post pictures online if you want, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or your favorite social media, just hashtag #bigbluetest. Thank you so much for the help and taking time to stop by my little blog.




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Hello my old friends:

Hello everyone, I’m working away to get this blog up and running again. In the next few weeks it should be done and the blog address will once again be I’ll post a summer recap and what I’ve been up to this summer. A lot has gone on, too much to tell you in a short post like this.

Life is fun, but busy right now having 4 kids and 2 with Type 1 Diabetes. Having a baby boy is fun, but lots of work. He’s 8 months now and likes to take my hats and chew on them. Its funny, but I have to wash them because they get soaked with drool. Yes, you just laughed at me, but that’s okay.

I wrote an article for Insulin Nation  on the Friends For Life Conference, put on by the Children With Diabetes website. It was a fun filled week; I would encourage everyone to go, there’s more than one to attend, so check out their site for times and locations.

Life is fun, summer was fun, despite having 2 girls with Type 1 Diabetes. Life is good even with going through one of the roughest times in my life this summer, life is still good. So glad to be able to connect with my readers again, old and new. I hope you’re all doing well. See you soon my friends.

yours truly


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Moving to word press and Why I love being a Dad.

When time permits, everything will be moved over to WordPress. My good buddy and fellow d-dad has taken on the task, and I’m very much at a loss for words as to my appreciation for that. The reasons are many for the move, but I won’t bore you with the gory details. However, I will leave you with a story, a story that typifies why I write this blog.

This story is about my three girls and how much they mean to me. I love being a dad! It’s hard! It’s rewarding! Having two young girls with Type 1 Diabetes adds a whole other dynamic, see previous 50 or so blog posts for the reasons why. But I can tell you I love being a dad.
To say I’m a bit pragmatic, is an understatement. To say I’m eclectic, well that is drawing from some good sources of data. To say I find a way to make that work, is a complement ill take. I do, however, live by a higher set of standards, those can be summed up by helping others and not seeing one as to be better than others, regardless of any social economic, education, race or religious background. To put it plainly, we are all equal, we just play different rolls. I hope my girls pick up on this. I try to live it, not perfectly all the time, but I do try and work to get better. I guess its an on going process.
As part of that process I started going to an early morning bible study at my church. I know you just fainted, yes I go to church. I’ve always avoided this study called men fraternity because I never really liked how many at different churches act. The whole idea being around a bunch of judgmental guys was not appealing. Plus work always provided a way out with my schedule. This year the work schedule was no longer the crutch so I went.
What I found is that most were not the judgmental kind, but the kind who want to help in a real and meaningful way. The coffee is good too. The time is real straight forward, and is about being a better father and husband. Its not over pouring with religiosity, but real life stuff, good old gory details  Being accountable, not overbearing and hot tempered. Our study leader, a regular guy like me, has said some thought provoking things. I will not go into detail, but it takes a lot to get my attention. Plus, the coffee is good.
Here is another, you guessed it, another (however) so here it is. However, I get up at 5 am to be there at 6 am, so I don’t see my girls at all that day. That frankly sucks, really sucks!
Today, I figured out a way to interact with them, let them know they’re never far from my thoughts. I wrote them a short letter. I told them I missed them and was really sorry. I told them we would have a fun time this weekend. I even drew funny pictures of us four. My wife said they really laughed hard. And to my surprise, they wrote me a letter back. All three signed it too. Even though I didn’t see them, I felt like I was a good dad today. Godspeed to you all, see you soon on WordPress. Below is a picture of letter they wrote back. I think I’ll frame it.
PS. I will tell them its not a good habit skip church, lol.
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Happy Birthday to my Healthy Pancreas Kid.

My Healthy Pancreas Kids, as I call her, is 9 today. Happy Birthday! I love you so much and I hope you keep the title of healthy pancreas kid. Life has had it twists and turns and through it you have been a awesome big sister. You do watch after your younger sisters with diabetes. Not perfectly all the time, but who does. But you have smiled through it all. And that is worth a few stories on a blog post.

My first blog post was about you. The story inspired me to blog and it also inspired me to write a children’s book (not finished). It started as a scared little girl seeing her youngest sister getting diagnosed with the same life long chronic disease her other sister has. So there came the idea of  Dr Bear. Its her favorite stuffed animal. And when Rufus and Rufus stayed home when we went to the Friends For Life Conference, it was Dr Bear that made the trip to Florida.

We have a family tradition of just me taking the girls to do something fun on your birthday. Most likely she will pick a move and ice cream. I will be a fun time like it always is. But this time meters and diabetes supplies stay home. We will let Dr Bear watch over that while we are gone.




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End to a summer, but only part of the journey

So it has come, Labor day weekend, the unofficial end of summer for our family. Our kids go off to school the 4th of September and all 3 will be in school. This summer was different, very different from last. This summer we had fun, adventures to remember and a summer taken back from diabetes. Let me walk you through a recap and tell you why we took this summer back, from diabetes.

Last summer was all to fresh with the mental blitzkrieg of the second diagnoses. Everything was set out of order, everything seemed hard, nothing was planned and nothing gained, or so it seemed. This summer was more planned, we had goals, places to go and friends to see and made some new friends too.

The center piece to the summer was Friends for Life Conference in Florida. The center piece to that was meeting so many folks with kind hearts and ears that wanted to listen. The single golden thread that wrapped around, weaved through the crowds and all long that resort was a battle we all wage. It was a disease they carried or had children that carried.

Maybe it was the joy in my children’s eyes when another said I have diabetes too. Maybe it was shaking someones hand and saying its finally great to meet you, or hearing someone say we have read a lot about you online and finding out they are kindest and funiest folks around. For me getting to meet a bunch of dads who have 2 kids with diabetes was icing on the cake. Or maybe it was swimming in the ocean with a dear old friend who moved to Florida some 20 years ago.

Seeing my Aunt and Uncle at the half way point was a highlight in its self. We stayed a day and a half there, we laughed and joked and had a great time. We littered her guest room floor with diabetes stuff from 2 sensor changes and pod and site changes. I think that sight was a bit overwhelming for even a nurse of 40 plus years. She calls my girls her babies and they just love her to death. I didn’t mind the 108 degree heat, and no humidity.

We even got to see her 2 weeks later here in the state of Michigan. She told  my dad of how proud she was of me. How good of a husband and father I was and how I help take care of the girls and worked as a team with Heather. Some of the most encouraging words I’ve ever heard. She has 3 daughters also, all about my age. I remember many family get together’s playing and fighting with them. Now my kids play with theirs, how times have changed.

I survived 5 days with Heather out of town. BG’s even held their lines even, a blind squirrel can find a acorn once a blue moon. I think she needed the time away, it was earned, and she had fun. I also got away for a weekend. Went fishing with dad, we had fun despite the boat motor taking a proverbial dump, grr that vexing motor. We camped at my brothers house and retold stories for the millionth time, and no one seemed to mind. I fried the bass, I put chipotle seasoning on mine. Hot, but very good.  Also that weekend we all shed tears when we heard  the Duck Lake Fire consuming a fabled lodge and a camp ground near Lake Superior. If you have read Hemingway it was the area he wrote about and fished. Very sad what that fire did. I’ve fished those same waters. The Two Hearted River flows through my heart and memory. Many lost there homes and lively hoods. Sad.

Despite all things, we had fun, diabetes took a back seat, and we are not done yet, 2 days left. So a short adventure we will take and etch those thoughts in our hearts and memoir along with the rest of how we enjoyed the summer of 2012. Thanks to my readers, thanks to my supporters, thanks to you all for listening to the tail of parents of 3 little girls and 2 dysfunctional pancreas’.



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