Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Mix

I picked up some highlighters to make looking at trends in Sugar Bear's logs easier.  We're doing green for exactly 100, yellow for in range, pink for out of range, orange for over 300s, and blue for lows.  It makes it so much simpler to glance at a five day page of numbers and automatically see what is going on.  I got a little crazy and have highlighted back to June so far.  But it gives me some semblance of control.

We have him signed up and starting swim lessons at the Y next Saturday.  Not New Year's resolutions, just some healthy changes we are trying.  It feels good.  Our goal is to try for high 6s on Sugar Bear's A1c, but more importantly to have fewer highs and lows.  And to slow the weight gain.  It's a balance.  We'll work on it.  He really wants to get more "right on the nose" 100s.  Last year he had at least one 100 each month except for three months.  Some months he got more than one.  We celebrate each 100 with a dollar.  It's incentive.  It's rewarding.  It's positive.  It's fun.

Not much in this disease is fun.  So we try to find things to make it fun.  Music is another fun thing we do.  We have a Sugar Bear playlist that each of us has contributed to. We call it Sugar Bear T1D.  So far we have these songs on it:
I'll Stand By You 1994 by The Pretenders
Candy by The Presidents of the United States
Bleeding in Holland by Nil Lara
Don't Let it Bring You Down by Neil Young
Burn it Down by Linkin Park
Waiting For the Miracle by Leonard Cohen
Hold On Hope by Guided By Voices
Born To Break by Eric Harvey
Anthem Live by Leonard Cohen
Gods Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
Like Humans Do by David Byrne
Big Shot by Billy Joel
Let in the Sun by Bill Fox
Merry Go Round by Antje Duvekot
Hurt by Johnny Cash
It's All Good by Bret Michaels
The Game Over Tinies by Brentalfloss
Chances by Athlete
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow
Uncle John's Band by Grateful Dead
Enchanted by A Minecraft Music Video parody
Schism by Tool
Take Me To Church by Hozier
So Unfair by Korn

Each of these were added for different reasons and by different people.  Any suggestions are welcome but you have to have a reason why it would work for Type 1 or our little family.  You can see we are pretty eclectic in our musical tastes.  That's what happens when you have a family.  We mix.  And in the mix is fun.

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