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A Summer of Fun!

I’m not really ready, but it’s almost time to go back to school! Next week I find out who my new teachers will be and I will meet with the school nurse to go over my diabetes care. My mom has been busy getting my school supplies ready which include the normal binders and pencils, but also everything I need in case of a diabetic emergency at school: water bottles and ketone strips for highs, fruit juice and snacks for lows, extra test strips and batteries for my glucose monitor, needles, alcohol wipes, insulin pens… I’m trying not to think about all that, and instead, I’m getting ready for my 13th birthday and remembering all the great things I did this summer. We did ALOT!

A few days after school was over my sister, mom and I left to Florida for a 10 day vacation. We stayed at a resort in Disney World. This was our treehouse for 10 days:

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It had 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. The view from the deck was great, but we rarely sat out there because it was so hot and full of mosquitos!

We went to all four theme parks at Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom & Epcot.

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Epcot

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Magic Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

We also went to Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The Harry Potter lands were awesome. I think that was the best part of our trip.

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Hogwarts Express

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Since we were in Florida for 10 days, we had plenty of time to do other stuff besides go to amusement parks. For instance, at dinnertime we would take a boat from our treehouse to Downtown Disney and have dinner at the T-Rex Café or a fancy seafood restaurant.

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Boat Taxi from our Treehouse to Downtown Disney

out to dinner

Fulton’s Crab House

We also played miniature golf twice!

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Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

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Pirate’s Cove Miniature Golf

I think my mom’s favorite place to go was the 2 water parks. She was happy to relax all day and read.

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Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool

But one of my other favorite day trips was when we went to Gatorland. I’ve never seen so many alligators in one place!

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Walt Disney World was not the only place we visited this summer. We also went to the Discover Science Center, La Brea Tar Pits, Birch Aquarium and LEGOLAND.

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It was a great summer, but now I have to start thinking about 7th grade. Just one week to go!

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Diabetic Monkeys

I thought I knew a lot about animals, but on a recent trip to the Los Angeles Zoo, I learned something new. Monkeys can have diabetes, too!

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When we read the sign on the cage, my mom did a double take. confused-face[3]    There weren’t any zoo keepers or volunteers around to ask about the monkeys, so when we got home, my mom and I did some research on the internet. It seems that a monkey can get diabetes 100 times quicker than a human. My mom says that the zoo monkeys probably have Type 2 Diabetes, since Type 1 in monkeys is much rarer. I just hope people visiting the zoo read the sign and NOT feed the monkeys.  DSCN3227

Here are some other pictures from our zoo trip:

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Discovery Science Center Trip

If you love Indiana Jones, then you need to see this exhibit at the Discovery Science Center. It’s awesome!

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Trip to Disneyland!

Yesterday we went to Disneyland and stayed for 12 hours! That’s a lot of work for my mom. She does not travel light:

This backpack has a cooler on the bottom to hold my insulin, which must be kept cool at all times. She also has my blood glucose monitor, emergency glucose kit, needles, bandaids, lancets, water, juices, snacks and my lunch that has been “carb counted”. Plus she has to carry her stuff and a camera so she can take this year’s Christmas card picture on the Disneyland sleigh.

We’re here! CarsLand is all decorated for Christmas. Even Mater:

While we are having fun I need to check my blood sugar level every two hours. Because of all the walking my levels can get low. Today it was like a roller coaster ride…up and down. My lowest was 60 and my highest was 172. After my 60 reading my mom was crazy nervous and asked me every 20 minutes how I was feeling. I feel great! We are at Disneyland!

Before we can have lunch, I have to check my levels and get an insulin shot. Luckily, Disneyland and California Adventure have first aid stations that look like hospitals. It’s a lot more comfortable than getting a shot in a bathroom stall.

Here we are at the picnic area outside of Disneyland. My mom was already tired and wanting to take a nap, but we were ready for more! (my sister is always on her phone)

Because of all the walking my mom let me have extra carbs:  popcorn and even chocolate! I try to keep a good attitude about my new way of eating. I know what I can have and what I can’t have. My parents always try to work in sweets for me on the weekends with my meals. That’s just the way my life is now. I try not to let things tempt me, but this was just too much!

Kidding! It wasn’t even real : )

It’s been a long day and my mom is ready to go home. She bought a gingerbread latte at the new Starbucks at California Adventure, and we took one last photo with Mickey. It was a great day!

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