Diabetes Blog Week #4

We don’t always realize it, but each one of us had come a long way since diabetes first came into our life. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 5 weeks, 5 years or 50 years, you’ve done something outstanding diabetes-wise. So today let’s share the greatest accomplishment you’ve made in terms of dealing with your (or your loved one’s) diabetes. No accomplishment is too big or too small – think about self-acceptance, something you’ve mastered (pump / exercise / diet / etc.), making a tough care decision (finding a new endo or support group / choosing to use or not use a technology / etc.). (Thanks to Hillary of Rainie and Me for this topic suggestion.)


I took this today, because I knew the topic in advance, because so many Day 4 posts were in my inbox first thing in the morning. Happy blog week!

Bigfoot greatest D-achievement is chill the fern out. CTFO skill come and go, Bigfoot strengthen and develop like atrophied muscle.

PHASE 1: Bubs bicycle to school & Bigfoot bicycle too AND before even click into helmets test BG even though within hour tested/ate breakfast. (Can see now why Dr. Doughnut found test excessive. Live + learn! Still think Bigfoot needed all them strips, because how else parent learn CTFO?) PHASE 2: Bubs bicycle, Bigfoot walk dog entire route to school as excuse for scan side of road for child in coma.  PHASE 3: walk dog but not all way to school, but then call school make sure Bubs arrived. PHASE 4 (current phase) = walk dog, Bubs pedal off out of sight, no call school. Just walk dog until dog freak out because golden retriever OR cat OR Fed Ex. Now it more dog problem. Dog really need CTFO.

Difficult Bigfoot CTFO because seem born no internal anxiety gauge. Everything equal anixety. Everything red alert. Try instead everything beige alert. I.e. alert, but not continuous fret.




  1. Pancreastic Mom · May 16, 2013

    You are hilarious…maybe so much to me because I see myself in there too? CTFO is definitely something I have yet to accomplish.


  2. Pancreastic Mom · May 16, 2013

    I meant to say (before I clicked “post” too soon)…maybe I can catch up with you one day. Letting him ride bike all way to school without you being right there? I stand amazed. Go you!


  3. cbwinchild · May 16, 2013

    i love the idea of a dog CTFO. that should be a COMMAND


    • katy · May 16, 2013

      You know and I know Rockie’s pretty chill compared to my situation here.


  4. Kim · May 16, 2013



  5. gogogone · May 16, 2013

    I still need to learn this skill. (exposure therapy=not sufficient stimulus) It’s a constant work in process.


    • katy · May 16, 2013

      exposure therapy–>that’s what I meant to say. Right on.


  6. Susan · May 16, 2013

    This is so true. We’re 4.5 years into diabetes, my daughter is 8, and I’m constantly trying to lower my alert levels on all fronts. This year she started taking the bus to school. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I don’t spend all morning picturing her passed out on an otherwise empty bus at the bus depot. Of course, the more progress I make the more independence she wants. This week she told me she wants to go to a non-d overnight camp.


    • katy · May 16, 2013

      non-D overnight camp sounds HUGE! I’m putting it out of my mind until it happens to me.


  7. Heather Garcia Queen · May 16, 2013

    This is so true….I’m not as far as you are in the CTFO process, however it really is quite an achievement!


  8. Scott E · May 16, 2013

    Developing and refining the CTFO skills is an accomplishment indeed!


  9. Katie · May 16, 2013

    Love this.


  10. Melissa Lee · May 17, 2013

    Doesn’t the dog whisperer always say that the dog picks up on our own energy? Perhaps Dog’s senses are delayed. Like a crappy CGMS. Dog thinks Bigfoot was anxious before, so must stay anxious forever!!!!


  11. Kerri. · May 20, 2013

    OMG fern.


    • Katy · May 21, 2013

      I took your fern suggestion seriously!


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