Sunday, April 22, 2012

Beth Mattey Video-

Every Child Deserves a School Nurse...

I first saw this video a few months back and loved it.
It is some sort of a video palindrome-
probably not really a palindrome, but I still love it-
brilliantly written & spoken!

Please watch the entire video :)

What do you think?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

/cho·le·cys·tec·to·my/ (-sis-tek´tah-me)

Maybe you're not certain what  a Cholecystectomy is-
but I bet you've heard of someone having their gallbladder removed!
A cholecystectomy is just the fancy medical term for
"gettin' your gallbladder out"!

For whatever reason it seems  I have been surrounded
(this school year especially)
by people who have had their gallbladders removed.
Want to know the weird thing?
The majority of these people are teenagers!
A few of these gals (I know, all girls too!)
don't really understand what a gallbladder is or does.

Gallbladder 101
So, what is a gallbladder you wonder-
I know it sounds weird... a gall and a bladder combined!

Basically, the gallbladder is a small hollow,
 balloon like "device"
located just below your liver.

The liver produces a substance known as bile.
Bile needs a home and so the gallbladder is where bile lives.

However, bile seems to be a bit of a wanderer
& after meals bile leaves the gallbladder
and enters the small intestine.  Once in the small
intestine bile helps digest fats.  Sounds fun, right?

Life can go on without a gallbladder,
but the poor liver now has a new job..
Not only does the liver continue to make the bile,
but now the liver has to store & secrete the bile too.
This can cause a whole new group of issues-
maybe for another post ?

picture link

We are born with gallbladders, but
evidently we can live without them!
Just like the appendix-
again, maybe another post?!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here is my "baby"...
my 2 year old baby on Easter Sunday.

For all of our children ...
We prayed & the Lord granted us what we asked of Him.
1 Samuel 1:27

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Type 1 Diabetes

My last couple of posts (here & here) have been pretty deep...
here is something a little more medical based and hopefully
doesn't bring tears to anyone's eyes :)
picture via
Irl Hirsch MD
University of Washington
School of Medicine

New Ways to Think About Type 1 Diabetes
The other night I was able to listen to Irl Hirsch MD give a presentation on "New Ways to Think About Type 1 Diabetes"... He was full of knowledge & fairly easy to understand.  The group in attendance was diverse- nurses, doctors, parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, people with Type 1 Diabetes, spouses of people of Type 1 Diabetes... you get the picture...

Although he had a fancy slide show that went along with his presentation there weren't any handouts.  I tried to take notes as he spoke and wanted to share (what I felt) were his main points.

4 Therapy Options
Feel free to click on the links and do more reading & research for your individual situation.
  1. Insulin
    1. Insulin- Degludec    (long acting 24* insulin) 
  2. Pumps (many of these are touch screen & some link to iPhone)
    1. CellNovo    
    1. Fuzzy Logic    
    1. GLP-1   
    2. Victoza!!  (hard to find a link r/t Type 1 & Victoza....)      

Taking Control of Your Diabetes
Website Link Here

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


This week I remember him and His promise as it is
the one year anniversary of my dad's death...
I wrote this poem several months after he died;
but it I Am still able to feel all the emotions.

I AM...

Here are some beautiful flowers we received in his memory...



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