A Melange of Current Events in My Life

Hello, Friends!
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but I’ve had so much going on that it was hard to find the time. And honestly, I’d so much rather post a meaningful blog with some substance to it than just another place marker where I say I will post a blog soon.

So, where to begin? I don’t even know where to start.

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There’s Still Good Left in the World: Faith In Humanity Restored

Contrary to popular belief, I learned today that there is still good left in the world.

I am usually just about as positive as can be, but when it comes to believing in mankind, my faith is definitely wavering as of late. It seems like every time I turn on the TV or witness people just out and about in public, it confirms my theory that as a general rule, most people are just a bunch of jerks.

But today, my faith in humanity was restored.

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Birth Trauma Awareness: Here’s My Story

Broken water at 33 weeks. Near death experience. Emergency C-Section. Premature baby. Massive panic attacks. NICU. Transverse lying baby. Weird doctors I didn’t know.

All of the above describe my traumatic birth experience with my last born child, Richi. And all of those terrible things I had to go through did, undoubtedly, give me far worse PTSD issues than I already had.

My name is Sarah, and this is my traumatic birth experience story.

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Not For Profit Company Spotlight: The Kids In Need Foundation

 

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Back to school time should invoke feelings of excitement, happiness, nostalgia for us parents, and yet, sadness because summer is coming to an end. Kids are all getting ready to head back through school doors, while others, like here in Florida, have already begun school again.

Getting the kids back to school should never bring about feelings of inadequacy, sadness, and fear because as a parent you are unable to provide for your child’s needs. And sadly, that’s exactly what happens in many homes across America as the back-to-school season comes about.

As your child lays out their outfit the night before school, has their fresh, new backpack ready to go filled with supplies, and heads to bed for the night, please take a moment to realize just how lucky they are. Not every child has what they need.  Maybe you wish there was something you could do to help, much like I did. Well, now there is. And all it takes is the simple click of a mouse.

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Life as a Mom to a Type 1 Diabetic

When I had children, I never expected that any of them would one day be diagnosed as a Diabetic. I mean, if I had really entertained the possibility, I suppose the notion wouldn’t seem so far fetched as there is a plethora of Diabetes (Type 1 and 2) to go around within my family. Having a sister with T1D, a father with Type 2, and grandfathers with both types, aside from being Type 2 pre-diabetic myself the possibility was very real. But, you don’t really think about all of that unless it happens to you.

Life over the past couple of weeks has changed drastically. Since we got his diagnosis on July 31st, it’s like life has been flipped completely upside down up until this point. There has been loads of stress, coupled with appointments, and much learning throughout the process. I have given myself time to absorb the reality of the situation, and I think I’ve made peace with it. It’s nothing any of us wanted to deal with, but here we are. We have learned to begin living in our new alternate reality. Is it easy? Never. It’s not even gotten to the point where it’s the slightest bit pleasant yet. But, it is what it is – and we are all doing the best we can to cope.

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Breastfeeding Essentials I Can’t Live Without

Breastfeeding mamas, or soon to be mamas: Listen up. This post is for you!

As a breast feeding mama myself, I love to share what works for me, and what makes my life easier. I wanted to take a few quick minutes while I was thinking of it to share some of my current breast feeding essentials and favorites with all of you – and I am sharing direct links to where you can purchase these products on the cheap. I promise you, I would never mislead you for the sake of making a quick advertising buck. I use these products myself and I can attest the fact that they work, and they make my life easier.

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Important Life Update and MIA Status – Here’s Why

Hello Everyone, and Good Morning.

This past week has been one of the most chaotic in recent history for us here in the McCormick household. Monday, I took my son Marcus to the doctor because he hadn’t been feeling well. After they performed a urine test and finger poke test, it was confirmed he was a full  blown diabetic. I was in shock. I suppose I shouldn’t have been, because he has been drinking over a gallon of water a day, peeing constantly, dropping weight and more for at least a few weeks now, and sleeping almost constantly. Granted, I really did believe the sleeping portion was age related but nonetheless.

They immediately sent us over to the children’s hospital because his numbers were quite literally off the charts. The glucose meter was reading HHH, which apparently means his sugar was over 300, and the urine test was showing large amounts of sugar and ketones in the urine. I made a quick stop at home, grabbed a couple things and flew to the hospital.

We got there and he was evaluated in the ER, and after more testing (blood work) was done, the ER doctor told us he would be admitted to the PICU – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and essentially, his body was eating itself and attacking itself. This is the end biggest emergency for diabetics, and can lead to coma and death of not treated immediately. 

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Unconventional Ways to Keep Kids Entertained Over Summer Break

As summer break approaches it’s end, most of us with multiple children are ready, waiting, and excited for school to show it’s face yet again. I know I certainly am. I legit have a countdown app on my phone detailing the exact amount of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until school begins again. #NoShame

I have begun, at this point, running out of options when it comes to keeping the kids entertained. That is, options of the typical sorts. TV, playing basketball outside, snack time, going to the library, movies, and doing their regular chores has become boring not only to them, but to me as well

Here are some different ways to get the kids involved and engaged in activities that the whole family can do – at least, for the most part.

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