Weekends with family, or living with diabetes

February 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm (diabetes, family) (, )

One of the things that I love about my husband is his family. He has a twin sister who is a sweetheart, lives in her own busy little universe but a sweetheart none the less.  His dad is one of the smartest people I know.  If I ever have a question about anything, he usually knows the answer and is always willing to help out.  His mom is the best hostess ever.  Within 5 minutes of entering their home, if you do not have a beverage in your hand there is something wrong.  They both go utterly out of their way to make sure that everybody is happy and taken care of. 

Because of how hospitable they are, I was really nervous about telling them I am diabetic.  It’s not that I thought they would say anything wrong, it’s that they are so overly-caring and I didn’t want them to make adjustments for this. I didn’t want to cause them to change plans/ideas/etc, and I definitely didn’t want them to think we could go places or do certain things just because of me.  I was really worried about this.    I wanted to be able to answer their questions, but I didn’t want it to be anything weird. 

Well, I told them a few weeks ago, and this past weekend was our first visit since.  His mom, per her usual self, kept plying us with soda, juice, snacks, with me just accepting water.  She and I eventually went on a walk and I tried to explain that soda and juice are things that I pretty much avoid now.  Also, I try to be careful about too much snacking.  All was well, so I thought. 

I’m finding that it’s hard for me to turn down stuff, not because I am hungry but because I do not want to hurt anybody’s feelings.  This is something I struggle with at work too. When we have meetings there is usually a big jar of candy that the vice-principal brings…and I sit there with my apple.  When we have staff meetings with lunch provided, it’s always pizza.  I get that pizza is cheap for feeding all of us, but I sit there with my sandwich, brought from home.  People are way too awesome about offering to grab me a slice, or a piece of candy, and I just smile and say no, trying to laugh it off.  It kinda sucks sometimes.  Our PTA will bring in bagels and goodies once a month, bagels, cream cheese, cake, cupcakes, doughnuts.  All sugary carbs that wreck havic with me. 

Lately my husband and I have been talking about when we want to start a family, so I discussed it with my nutritionist (who is also a diabetes specialist).  Apparently I will need to go on medication first so that my blood glucose level doesn’t hurt our baby.  And when I am pregnang? Nothing quite like poking your finger 6-8 times a DAY just to make sure all is well…in addition to weekly appointments with a diabetes specialist. 

Well, enough venting and complaining for now.  Regardless of the journey from here to family (no, we aren’t starting yet) and the challenges I encounter eating at places other than home, I am convinced that I was diagnosed when I was for a reason.  God has a plan in all of this, and it’s not up to me to second guess what God has in the works.  If my biggest complaint about my in-laws is that they are too nice, I probably need to keep my mouth shut.  And may I say that my husband is the best, most sweetest and caring guy ever? He goes so far above and beyond what he needs to do, and it is all out of love.  I’m so very blessed.

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“I’m pretty sure your leg hair isn’t helping you with your map project”

February 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm (teaching) (, , )

Teachers say the most random things, and when the things are placed into context, it almost makes sense.  Case in point: my ninth graders are creating maps based on the text of To Kill a Mockingbird.  During class today, they were working with their partners to compare quotes and start to sketch their maps.  One pair in the back was hard at work for a while but at one point I looked over to see the boy pulling up his pant leg and messing with his leg hair.  I looked at him and all I could say was “I’m pretty sure your leg hair isn’t helping you with your map project.”  After I said it, I started to laugh to myself because really? that came out of my mouth? Teachers say the most random things, but it kinda makes sense!

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Amusing Muse

February 24, 2011 at 3:46 am (Intro)

Hello Blogging World!

This is my first blog post and I am not sure what I intend this to be.  I am a teacher, a wife, a friend, a daughter, and so much more.  I struggle with indecision and self-doubt but I am also an independent and confident Christian woman.  I have wanted a blog for quite a while but have wondered what to write about.  Instead of hitting it heavy with all my indecision, let’s keep it light, shall we?

I have been married for 14 months to a great man who supports me in all that I do.  We are young newlyweds who sometimes know what we are doing, but only sometime.  I am a twin and he is a twin and even though we don’t have children yet, we have a plan for when we hope they join our lives.  I am blessed with a wonderful mom and great in-laws who have made me feel like a great part of their family. 

I am diabetic.  This has been a fairly new revelation that I haven’t completely adjusted to.  I am learning what I can and cannot eat and to be honest, some days I just don’t care.  This has been hard, but I am hoping to use this as a place to think about what I do and don’t eat and recipes that I try.  To be a diabetic who needs to lose weight and be married to an active man who is trying to GAIN weight is an absolute challenge. 

I teach.  I am a junior high and high school teacher and it isn’t easy.  I adore teaching high school English but junior high Bible is a bird of a different feather.  This is my first year teaching and while I have completed the coursework for my M.A. in English, I have very little teaching experience which has made classroom management so difficult!

Lest you think that all I do is whine, I have some happies to end this with.  I love books and read all of the time.  I always have a book with me! Also, my husband and I have recently gotten into drinking wine, so that is a new adventure for us! If you can thinnk of books I should read or wines I should sip, let me know!

Blessings to all.

Just a glimpse for now.

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