Off the Dial

Cake Mistake

Every year, parents at our elementary school pitch in to make the teachers a take-home dinner.   It's a big deal, but usually by the time I respond, the sign-up sheet's full. You know how the mommy guilty goes, so this time I was ready. When the request from my daughter's class mom came through on a Sunday morning, I emailed back right away - we'll make dessert!

By we, of course, I meant my husband.  Slade agreed to help me out; I had an event the night before our dessert was due.  Also, he loves this stuff. He confirmed with me several times that this was for Lea's class only and he made a super cake for her teacher (who loves Snickers bars).

Possible trouble, though.  When Slade brought the cake to the class mom, she thanked him and said that our SON's teacher would really love it.  No, Slade said, this is for Mr. V.  No, she said, it's for Mrs. H. 

So while I was at Matthews Taste and Trade, Slade and I were texting our confusion back and forth and I was laughing about it with the event organizers.  Would you believe they had a cake donated by one of the sponsors?  They made me take it home! This way if we needed something for the other teacher, at least we wouldn't have to bake another cake. We would, however, have to do something about the icing.


When I was able to get home and check my email history, it was clear this mix-up was totally my fault.  In my rush to make sure we took part this year, I had committed to providing desserts to BOTH teachers – and had promptly forgotten.  Slade came to the rescue with a strawberry pie the next morning:


He'll be upset that I don't have a picture of the finished product, with whipped cream and garnish (if it was up to me, this would have been  Harris Teeter bakery special).  But at the end of the day, Slade was happy, the kids were happy and as long as nobody tells Mr. V that Mrs. H got his Snickers cake, the teachers were probably pretty happy with their treats.  

I did still have that giant chocolate sheet cake in my car.  I figured we'd had enough desserts in our kitchen, so I took it to work. It was much appreciated.

Time For A Change?

How is it possible that this summer will mark 4 years on an insulin pump for Benny? He started  on July 4th, 2007 – six months after diagnosis.  He was only two and a half and I couldn't imagine he'd keep this new, weird thing on. It all worked out beautifully; he only threw it across the floor once!

Before I get too far ahead for those not familiar with the diabetes terms, here's a great explanation of the pump and here's one about the CGM (which I'll mention in a moment). 

Six months is a nice amount of time to get used to all the math involved in counting carbs to dose insulin and using a sliding scale to bring down high blood sugar. That's one of the reasons we waited. Another is that our insurance wouldn't help pay for one until that time had passed.  They'll help pay for a new one after four years, which brings us to right now.

At our recent endocrinologist visit, we got a great A1c  – 7.3 – despite a February full of highs from strep throat and winter yuck.  We also started the conversation about a new pump. I love our Animas 2020, but I want to see what else is out there. We don't have the remote control thing for it – called the Ping – and I'd love to get that.  Our doc suggested we take a look at what's coming out next and explore all our options.

The Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is something I'd also like to look into for Benny, but I HATE the idea of another site on his body.  His pump inset has been the most difficult part of diabetes care for us since the first day we stuck it on him -it's really the only thing he's ever fought us on (see here. And here.).  It's so much better now, but I think it would be tough to convince him to allow another "button" on his body.

Here's why I'm thinking about it anyway: last fall I spoke with Jeff Hitchcock, the president of Children With Diabetes.  He said if he had to choose,  he'd rather his daughter give up her insulin pump then her CGM.  It really got me thinking about the importance of information and tight control.  Even though we're doing very well, why wouldn't we try to do better? The answer – for my family – is about quality of life.  So I'm researching.

My plan is to see if the counselors at diabetes camp this summer can introduce Benny to some kids or staff wearing a CGM and see if Benny wants to try one.  Our doc has some models he could wear around for a week – how cool is that?

I would love to hear from other PWDs or D-moms and dads about their experience with pumps and CGMs.  What do you like – and what's not so hot?

Here's a picture of what one CGM (on the left) and pump (on the right) combo would look like:


If Benny could walk around with blue lasers shooting from his body, this might be an easy sell!


Runway Follow Up

Fun pictures of the doggie fashion show in our local paper this week.  Click here to see the entire slideshow. 


See how closely I'm holding Pickles? You can read this post to find out why!

Runway for Rescues

Never work with children or animals, right? I knew to expect the unexpected at the Charlotte Humane Society's Runway for the Rescues presentation at Neiman Marcus.  High fashion and rescue dogs – what could go wrong?! It turned out to be a ton of fun.

Meet Pickles, my runway partner. What a cutie-pie, right? She's also quite an escape artist.


I decided not to carry her for the show because a test run proved Pickles and my top didn't mix.  Trying to fit in with the Charlotte fashionistas I knew would be at Neiman's, I had picked out a lower-cut top than usual.  No surprise that this energetic little dog would be squirmy and I didn't want any wardrobe malfunctions. Well, just before we were to walk (first!) on the giant, elevated runway, Pickles flattened out and pulled her head right out of her collar!

I didn't want to freak her out more, but I didn't want to just walk away. So, deep breath, I picked up Pickles and walked down the runway. I have no idea how low she pushed the front of my shirt – I was laughing too hard, and so was much of the crowd.  I can't wait to see the pictures. Or maybe I can!

Meantime, here are some of the other models:


Maureen O'Boyle from WBTV

Derek James from Fox News Rising


Morgan Fogarty from Fox Charlotte gives Pickles some treats.


WBTV's Delano Little just off the runway.  Olivia Fortson from the Charlotte Observer was one of the models as well.

Big thanks to Jen & David Bashford for letting me borrow Pickles for a little while! 

Both TV stations were there and I spotted at least 5 still photographers. If I get any more pictures, I'll be sure to update here.