Tuesday, 17 November 2009

2 years on

It is now 2 years since Aleksi was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. So what has changed, what have we learned?
  • He has grown 23cms and is 4.5 kgs heavier
  • His feet have gone up at least 3 if not 4 sizes!
  • He has become an expert in Lego
  • He and I have wasted many hours playing Lego Star Wars or Batman on Playstation - I'm always the Joker to his Batman.
  • His writing is now legible and can count to 'big numbers' in English and Finnish.
  • The whole family's mathematical ability has improved considerably.
  • He started pre school this Autumn.
  • We took Grandma to meet Mickey Mouse and big favourite Goofy in Disney Florida.
  • We built sandcastles and ate huge waffles in Crete.
  • We went orienteering in Scotland and didn't get lost too much!
  • He and his sister learnt to downhill ski and loved it!
  • He has almost learnt to ride his 'big boys bike'
  • His ice skating ability leaves me hanging onto the railings.
  • He has finally learnt to make his bed and put his washing in the laundry basket.
  • He will spend all day in the shower if we let him.
  • He is not a morning person(me neither!)
  • He loves his food and will eat anything and everything
  • His HbA1C and gone from 10.9 to 7.3
  • He never complains about his injections or blood tests.
And what about me - well a few/a lot more grey hairs, an intimate knowledge of most foodstuffs carbohydrate content, a brilliant husband who has breakfast down to a fine art :), new spectacles to read the nutritional information(always in the tiniest writing ever!) , a liking for skimmed milk and low fat spread, extra cuddles for Elli, a new business that keeps me busy but allows me the flexibility I need.

We've come a long way and learnt a lot about Diabetes and ourselves. We have a long way to go but we are having fun getting there. We have many many good days and these always outweigh the not so good days.
Life is good.


  1. Love that diabetes doesn't slow you...or Aleksi...down! What wonderful adventures and a wonderful life to boot!

    Congrats on two successful years! Here's to many many more!

  2. That's a wonderful list. We have to keep thinking of the things that we are thankful for, so we don't dwell on the negative! I'd love to hear about your Scotland orienteering holiday. I'd love to do that with my family.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your holiday projects on your web site! :-)