Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Let's Talk About Camp!

Diabetes Camp!

We were newbies into the d camp world and for a few years I kept putting it off saying Joey wasn't ready well this year he was ready and didn't refrain from voicing his thoughts on how much he wanted to go.

I started the camp process a little later than the average d momma. I got all the forms in May and kept putting them off till June when I knew these forms had to be in or he wouldn't be able to go. Filled out all the forms, health questions that I could, got our Dr. form filled out and everything off in the mail to Camp Setebaid. 

Once I mailed all the forms in I waited for the email to tell me they still had spots available and he was in. Once I got that I then put camp out of my mind until the week before.  Its now the week of August 4th and camp drop off date is August 10th. We gather the "things you need to bring to camp" list and make the shopping trip and declare success as we cross things off  flashlight-check extra batteries-check shamp00-check soap-check towels-check  etc etc.. 

Saturday I started packing for a week of camp. In the camper packet they give you luggage ties but only 3! 3 bags! Yikes! how the heck is all this stuff gonna fit? Somehow, someway, I stuffed those bags and we made it work. I wanted to pack the car so we can just leave on Sunday. I am overly making sure everything is going smooth because both Joey and myself are nervous I can tell he is by all the questions he has. "Mom do you have my socks packed? Mom did you pack my extra shoes, Mom did we pack a jacket Mom did ya pack.."

Its Sunday and we are off! Check in time is 1 and its a 2 hour drive.

We arrive safely and a little early, phew so far everything is going great!

We unload the car and head for the line to check-in but first we get to go with group 1 on a tour of camp.  Joey is smiling and listening attentively as the tour guide is telling everyone about camp what he will be doing and where. As the tour raps up we now officially get to check in.

We do all the check-in stuff sign a few more papers, see a nurse, a doctor, hand over pump supplies, and meet with a nutritionist. They then send us off to his cabin to help him get settled. This is where we have to say goodbye.

So far I did great no tears, staying strong, and holding it together.

I help him make his bunk. Pull out a few things from his bags like bug spray, flashlight, and his camera. Meet his cabin counselors take a few pictures and mom and dad are off with a few hugs, kisses and well wishes to have a great time!

I did it!! No tears! ♥

Now comes the easy part you would think right? 1 week free from checks, site changes, carb counting, sleepless nights. Nope! It was not as easy as it sounds and I was very on edge all week some might even have called me a bitch! I didn't enjoy it my worries now are is he having a good time did he make friends, is he sleeping..now mind you I didn't worry about his d care because I knew they got that, it was all worries about his social experience at camp.

and so I stalked the camp Facebook page and came across this..

He does not look like he is liking it or having a good time at all. Insert mega worry!

I look for more pictures everyday some sign that he is having a good time and I am left with nothing.  I didn't get any phone calls so all has got to be good!?! Or so I hoped and that's what I told my self all week.

It's finally here! Pick-up day..

We have to be there at 9am. We leave early get there with plenty of time to spare. They usher all the parents to a pavilion and we wait for the campers to arrive. Have a closing ceremony and hear about all the great things they did and learned. 

waiting waiting waiting.... Wootothefreakinghoo I see him!!! AND he is smiling!!! I breath a huge sigh of relief get a gigantic hug, he runs back to sit with his friends and sing us camp songs! 


1/2 way through the closing ceremony his counselor handed him a paper that he immediately ran over to us.

 Super proud mom and dad moment!

Half of the ride home we got to hear how awesome camp was all the great things he did and how he cant wait to go back next year! The other 1/2 way he slept.

Camp success for us newbie campers! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Suprise me... but make it good

I can't believe it's August already!
Joey is leaving for Washington DC on Saturday he is going with my parents and they are staying until  Wednesday! Yes, that's right Wednesday! I am filled with nervous emotion and also excitement for him. I am full of  appreciation and gratitude that my parents didn't exclude him from the tradition of taking each grand kid to Washington when they turn 10.  I'm in a few parents of type1 d children groups on facebook and this isn't the norm unfortunately most children with diabetes are excluded from many sleepovers, school activities, and camps.

So today I made a list of things for my parents, I know Joey will be leading the way for them these next few days.
  •  Just normal checks in the morning at night and before eating, and of course if he feel he needs to.
  • Making sure I have step by step instructions on how to do a site change ( this one makes me nervous and I hope Joey will be ok trusting his Poppy to do this) So far he says he does.
  • We recently had a miraculous discovery that Joey feels his lows not only during the day but in the middle of the night. Hallelujah!!! This alone makes me feel more ok with this whole adventure for him.
  • Pack the calorie king book and smarties, fruit snacks, and juice boxes. Along with lots of extra supplies!
What I don't want to do is overload my parents or Joey with information and things to do that will make everyone worry. Just leaving the worries up to me. As long as they do checks count some carbs and give some insulin all should go fine.

He will have his cell and probably get sick of my calls and texts but oh well!

This all  ought to go unhitched and he will be back Wednesday night to leave for d camp on Sunday!! Another first for us.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


8/14/14 ***Update*****
Its official Chewy is home!!!

***********UPDATE CHEWY IS COMING HOME************ I should prob update this again.. incase anyone is following this story. Chewy is not home yet. Not sure what happen or whats going on but as of 8/7/14 Chewy is not home.

Have you seen the hash tag around twitter or facebook?? Hopefully you have!

This is Chewy with his boy Evan
Ya see, the org that scammed us Warren Retrievers, SDWR, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or whatever name they are using now has taken this dog away from Evan and he needs him back! They have resorted to the unthinkable this is just a disgrace and disgust me. How dare they think this is ok.

I want to share their story:
"Evan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on October 9th, 2011. Within a couple months of his diagnosis, things turned for the worse very quickly. It was impossible to get a handle on his crazy blood sugars. Since I am also a type 1 myself, the stress was causing my health to decline. My husband and I started researching for diabetic alert dog companies, hoping these amazing dog could help us watch over our son.

Hours upon hours of research later, we chose Warren Retrievers because the owner, Dan Warren, called us personally and assured us that he was going to take amazing care of us. Another thing that was appealing to us was the fact that Warren delivered the dog to our home. We wouldn’t have to travel anywhere and take time off work to get the dog.

Chewy was delivered to us on August 2, 2012. She was 13 weeks old and was only obedience trained. In order for us to keep Chewy, we had to sign a contract. If we didn’t sign the contract that day, the trainer was going to have to take Chewy away and we would lose the $1,000 deposit we already gave the company. Financially, we were in no place to lose that money and we had already fallen in love with the dog. We looked over the contract and we were extremely concerned. We signed it anyway, and it was under duress.

We only had two training sessions from WR. The first, when she was delivered. The second, 90 days later. Soon after, we were hearing rumors that Dan was running a puppy mill and was running a shady business. When we started calling Dan to ask about the rumors and try to clear things up, he stopped communication with us completely. He kicked us out of the WR Facebook pages and stopped responding to our emails.

A few months later, Chewy started losing a lot of weight and wasn’t eating well. We took her to the vet and found out she had a birth defect called a hooded vulva. A lot of female dogs are born with this and it is an easy fix if you get the surgery done before the dog is spayed. Dan Warren knew about the birth defect and he was supposed to release this information to us before selling us the dog. By this time we were beyond upset and made the decision to stop paying on our balance. We had already paid just over $7,000 towards and dog and we felt that was more than enough.

When we found out about the birth defect, we emailed Dan’s attorneys with the paperwork from the vet and within an hour we got a response from Warren saying that he would forgive the rest of our debt and we could keep Chewy as long as we signed a gag order. We refused because he had already hurt so many families and we didn’t feel right doing it. Since we declined, he sued us in Virginia, along with several other families who owed him money for untrained dogs. Just a day before we were to go to trial, Dan dismissed most of the cases and that was the last we had heard from him.

Since Chewy was never trained properly, we paid to have her trained by another D.A.D. company, Heads Up Hounds. They were able to train Chewy as a true diabetic alert dog, and since she has been trained with them, she hasn’t missed one low blood sugar.
Now, nearly eight months later, he filed a motion to get the dog away from us because he “feared for the safety of the dog.” The sheriff came to our house and took Chewy away without any notice. Our hearts were broken. She was a part of our family and she has been with us for nearly two years.

She has been a constant companion for Evan and we are lost without her. A part of our family was taken away by an evil man, and we need her back before he can hurt her. Yes, Mr. Warren, sue us for the money we still “owe” you. Take us to court to try and get every single last penny you think you deserve, but don’t take our sons best friend away from him. Don’t take the one thing that has given us comfort the past two years since Evan’s diagnosis. What you did is wrong and we will get Chewy back. "
They have a gofundme page lets show this family support even its $1 it all adds up!!!
Here is the link to a Facebook page to follow this story and help share. https://www.facebook.com/bringchewyhome/photos_stream#!/bringchewyhome
 you can also take a picture of your pet with the hashtag #Bringchewyhome  and post it to the page.. Show your support to this family that can use it right now.
Sniper supporting #Bringchewyhome



Thursday, May 22, 2014

SDWR - I hate you

During my time involved with SDWR I met some amazing families. I have been blessed to have been able to hold onto some of those relationships in spite of how I feel about the org and how our journey went so wrong.

I also know what it feels like to be dropped like it hot because I don't share the same feelings about the org. What I thought to be friends.. ok not just friends but good friends.. have turned their back completely. These are people in the DOC these are other d moms who I thought would never let a service dog organization come between a bond much greater..

Wait. Time to come clean myself... In the beginning of my journey I did that to..  I turned my back to people that I thought were just trying to cause trouble. Why? Because I hoped for so much.. I hoped the trainers would work with us to get our dog to alert. I hoped I would have what we set out to achieve, a Diabetic Alert Dog.  I hoped Dan Warren was telling me the truth. I believed him when he said they were lying. I believed so many lies... 

I know what it feels like to be afraid... to be scared to speak up.. I cant tell you how many late night conversations I had with families currently still involved and claiming of working dogs.. about how our dogs do not alert and asking ourselves what the hell did we get our families into.

I know what it feels like to be on both sides of this organization. I also know what it feels like to say I am sorry to families I have turned my back on. I was wrong and hope for forgiveness. 

But what I cant understand is how so many families are still standing by, praising his glories.  Why continue the charade. 

There has to be a point when you say enough is enough already, and start doing what is right. Get your head out of the sand and speak the truth. 

an update on the legal stuff

There are currently still over 20 complaints against SDWR filed at the Virginia Attorney Generals office. http://www.ag.virginia.gov/ComplaintTopicSelector/Search/Details/55414

There are active lawsuits http://www.scribd.com/stopthescammers/collections 

There are other state and federal agencies doing investigating as well.
When will it end... when will this be over and families stop getting scammed?

despite all the negative we still have a pretty cool dog who loves to play soccer ♥

Sunday, May 18, 2014

D Blog Week Day 7!!!

Click for the My Favorite Things - Sunday 5/18 Link List.
As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!

Thank you Karen @  http://www.bittersweetdiabetes.com thank you for letting me be apart of such an awesome week!!!!!! 

So day 1 was about issues that really fire us up. I loved this post http://thelifeofadiabetic.com/changing-the-diabetes-world-dblog-week/   

Day 2 read this one if you didn't yet. http://justicesmisbehavingpancreas.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-2-d-blog-week-poetry.html?m=0

Day 3 here's a good read http://blooddropsbrailledots.blogspot.ca/2014/05/on-blogging-and-emotions.html

Day 4-http://vickisnotebook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/diabetes-blog-week-day-4-mantras-and.html



I am so proud lol I did it :) I did d blog week!