I invite you to read about Kimberly, and then visit her blog Meal Mommy. You can also follow her on Twitter; she’s @mealmommy. You can also get great recipes at her website of the same name, Meal Mommy.
I’d like to introduce you to Kimberly of Meal Mommy.
Tell me something about your child.
Lily is an artist. She is an amazing artist actually and hopes to go to art school for high school. She also loves to write. She spends a lot of her spare time making books and doing the illustrations. I have a whole collection already!
What is your child’s favorite 15 gram carb (or less) snack
Lily’s favorite snack is currently one slice of cinnamon bread!
How do you manage diabetes?
We were on the Omnipod for 3 years and the Dexcom. However, she has recently gone back to MDI to have a little break. This year has been hard on her.
What do you know now that you wish you had known at diagnosis
I wish I knew there was so much support out there. I felt so alone. I live in one of the largest cities in this country and it took me months to find ONE other family living with type 1.
What has been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been the emotional affect on Lily as she has gotten older. She was diagnosed at 3 and was fine with all things diabetes until she was 6 1/2. Then, she started downwards spiraling. She hates it now…hence the reason for a little break!
What have been your challenges sending your child to school? Triumphs?
Our school nurse is amazing. We chose private school since the public schools in Houston won’t let your child test in class. She is so little and I didn’t want her wandering around the school while she is feeling low. At her private school, she can test whenever and wherever she feels the need to.
What sports/activities does your child do and how does it work with diabetes?
Lily is a total tomboy. TOTAL. She loves basketball currently but has played and done all sports. She tends to go pretty low while playing basketball so I usually give her a snack prior to the games or practice but no insulin.
What vacations have you taken and how did you deal with diabetes?
We have gone to Disney World a few times and we handled things just as we would anywhere else. We make sure we have an adequate amount of supplies and always a glucagon kit in case of a dangerous low.
Have you found a babysitter, and if so, how?
I used www.sittercity.com and found a fantastic sitter that I was able to train!
What research organizations do you support and why?
I support the JDRF. I support them because they are type 1 focused and focused on the research for a CURE.
How do you deal with tough diabetes-related questions from your child?
By taking a deep breath and thinking before I speak. It’s such a fine line at this young age. Children really take their cues on how to handle tough situations from us. So, I want to make sure I give her a good, solid, non-scary answer.
Tell me about your website The Meal Mommy.
Meal Mommy is relaunching this week as a resource for families living with type 1 diabetes. They will find a list of recipes with accurate carb counts and the list can also be purchased in whole for $8.95.
Meet other D-Moms and D-Dads on Mondays.