Friday, February 09, 2007

What if something's on TV and it's never shown again?

I don't write too frequently about O's diabetes because most of the time, there's not much to say about it. But she had an endo appointment last week and today I got her a1C back. Considering her 7 and 14 day averages were 146, I was expecting a decent one. Instead, I got 8.3%, which is equal to about a 215 average.

How the hell did that happen? Between the two of us, she's checked 10 - 12 times a day. Where am I missing the highs? Do I need to put her on the CGMS three day thing again? Check her more frequently during the night?

I know she needs to get more exercise and needs to start eating better. We've discussed this and since I'm doing Weight Watchers, the junk food isn't coming into the house any more. But I think she's sneaking food. She's bolusing for it, but she's not telling me about it. So by the time dinner rolls around, she'll have had an apple, a yoghurt and some toast already. That's a lot of calories, even if they aren't necessarily junk-food calories. A calorie is a calorie.

I'm worried, too, that she's eating out of boredom. I do that. I need to find something that we can do together, that will keep her from munching on things. We've been watching a lot of TV lately - far too much TV, to be honest - and I need to figure out something else that we can do together in the evenings. TCBIM isn't often home until 8 or later, if he's bar tending, so O and I are here alone and after the babies go to bed, we just veg on the couch together, watching Law & Order (that show is on every. single. night. On, like, twelve channels. Bastids.)

So what can we do together that can take being interrupted by a nursing baby? I'm not crafty - I can't knit or sew. I could try, but I don't know how much fun it would be. I have NO desire to scrapbook. Everything I can think of to do involves cooking because that's what I love. I love to read and I love to cook. I suppose I could bake bread with her - she likes baking - but again, food. And that's not exactly something you can finish in one evening. It's sort of an all day affair. Anyone have any suggestions of things to do with a 12 year-old girl?

Don't suggest going for walks. It's about 87 below zero outside and I hate winter and the cold and the outdoors in general. I am not the outdoor type.

9 comments:

LauraJ said...

I find crochet simpler than knitting. Cross stitch? Painting? Go to a craft store and see what sparks both your interests. How about reading the same book and having discussions on it? I don't know I've ran out of ideas.

Allison said...

Board games are fun... Not something you can do every night of the week, but occasionally they are good.

Lara said...

reading aloud from books is fun! especially adventure type books, like the hobbit or the princess bride. :)

blackbeltmama said...

Hi, I just saw your blog for the first time. My friend has a 14 year old who who is type 1 who struggles with high's. It's the same situation. My Mom is Type 1 and has been for 27 years. I had gestational diabetes and they had me counting carbs like crazy. When I wanted a snack I ate cheese, snack meats like ring balogna or nuts or veggies. They were freebies that didn't affect my sugar at all. I don't know what to recommend activity wise because my munchkins are still little, but I thought I'd pass along the snack idea. ;-)

art-sweet said...

I think O needs a blog ;-)

Deanna said...

I'm not really artsy, but sometimes I just get bored so I grab a pile of old magazines--I flip through them and cut out pictures and words and make collages. It allows me to be creative without actually having to draw or paint....

MileMasterSarah said...

How about board games and such? The kids and I LOVE twister, but as a kid I loved to play CLUE, MONOPOLY, and LIFE. I also loved cards....

Wisconsin Crunchy Mama said...

I was going to suggest games too ~ ones Ash and I play are Scrabble, Boggle, Speed (it's an easy fast card game), and Mancala.

And I'd second the suggestion to hit a Michaels craft store, there are SO many options (too many sometimes) ~ see what sparks interest for both of you.

Anonymous said...

One thing girls might like is creating bead jewelry, easy to do, and you can pick it up and put it down on a moment's notice. Drawing, painting, crafts.... I would buy one of those rebounders (mini-mini trampolines) and keep it in the livingroom. Can fold some models flat if necessary.