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PocketWatch Puppets Supports Texas Children’s Hospital

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This is my eldest son, Will: son, big brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, friend, 4th grader, Webelo, swimmer, runner up in his class spelling bee (10th place in the school bee – beating out over 200 4th and 5th graders), one of the five (of over 100) 4th graders in his school to be chosen to represent his school on the Odyssey of the Mind team and the No Place For Hate Committee, mixed martial arts-er, Leadership Training for Christ-er, many, many other things…

and Type 1 Diabetic.

Will was diagnosed on February 1, 2013, at age seven. At the time, my wife and I (and most of the people we knew) knew very little about the disease…including how very serious and life threatening it can be.

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This is my eldest son Will, on a stretcher, being wheeled into the Texas Children’s ambulance that transferred him from their West Campus ER to their Main Campus Pediatric ICU this weekend.

His body had gone into diabetic ketoacidosis…just about one of the worst (and scariest) thing that can happen to a type 1 diabetic. It often happens at onset (at diagnosis) or if insulin and blood sugar aren’t being managed properly. In Will’s case, it was completely unexpected, and came on due to a perfect storm of a virus, a growth spurt, a change in insulin and a few other possible contributing factors.

And we were terrified.

My wife and I watched helplessly as the ER staff tried to stabilize our son’s climbing blood sugar and keep him from passing out (or worse things including aspiration, heart trouble, or a coma, to name just a few). And they did. And here we are, just a few days later, back at home and *almost* back to normal. Almost as if the whole traumatic weekend never happened.

But it did.

HOW GRATEFUL we are for Texas Children’s Hospital and the  about 50 doctors, nurses, and other specialists who cared for our son this weekend, and continue to support us even at home with a 24-hr diabetes hotline (with endocrinologists 24/7), educators and dietitians, and all kinds of resources.

Did you know that when you purchase a show from PocketWatch Puppets, you help support Texas Children’s Hospital? Check out the “PocketWatch Puppets Supports” page to read more about the organizations we support, who are near and dear to our hearts.

Throwback Thursday

Throwing back to when Martin Luther King, Jr. was child: a peace-loving little boy, born Michael Luther King, Jr. on this day in 1929. Click here for the Time Magazine article.

What will we teach our children today, that will influence who they will become in the future?

#characternotcolor

Happy Rubber Duckie Day!

Did you know that in 1992, a cargo ship container tumbled into the North Pacific, dumping 28,000 rubber ducks and other bath toys that were headed from China to the U.S.??

What happened to them all? That’s what Donovan Hohn set out to discover. Click here to check out the article about the incident, Donovan, and his journey writing his book ‘Moby-Duck’: When 28,800 Bath Toys Are Lost At Sea.

And when you’re finished, enjoy this classic!

#rubberduckieday
#lovemyjob

Happy 2015!

Kid President is pretty cute – and Cookie Monster, Grover, and Weird Al all make an appearance in this video, too, so…you’re welcome. Wishing you all an imaginative and playful 2015!

Have yourself a merry little December

Muppet Meme Monday

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November – National Diabetes Awareness Month

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February 1st of 2013 my eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Up until that day my wife and I knew very little about Type 1. In the first day we learned it’s an auto-immune disease with no known cause – contrary to the belief of many that it can be brought on by eating too much sugar. There is also – currently – no cure. We learned that diabetics CAN eat carbs – in fact, especially as a growing boy, my son NEEDS carbs (complex, healthy ones, of course). We learned that it is not necessarily genetic, but that if there are others in the family who have Type 1 it seems to increase the odds. We’ve learned that Type 1 and Type 2 are very different animals.

From that day on, my son has had to prick his finger to test his blood multiple times a day, he has to eat a certain number of times a day with a certain number of carbs at each meal, and he receives a shot of two types of insulin before breakfast and dinner and one type before lunch, EVERY DAY.

We always knew our son was special, but since February 1 2013, we’ve learned he is stronger and braver than my wife or I ever imagined. What do you know about Diabetes? Join us in learning, raising awareness, and finding a cure.

www.jdrf.org

www.diabetes.org

 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month?

February 1st of this year my eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Up until that day my wife and I knew very little about Type 1. In the first day we learned it’s an auto-immune disease with no known cause – contrary to the belief of many that it can be brought on by eating too much sugar. There is also – currently – no cure. We learned that diabetics CAN eat carbs – in fact, especially as a growing boy, my son NEEDS carbs (complex, healthy ones, of course). We learned that it is not genetic, but that if there are others in the family who have Type 1 it seems to increase the odds.

From that day on, my son has had to prick his finger to test his blood multiple times a day, he has to eat a certain number of times a day with a certain number of carbs at each meal, and he receives a shot of two types of insulin before breakfast and dinner and one type before lunch, EVERY DAY. 

We always knew our son was special, but since February 1, we’ve learned he is stronger and braver than my wife or I ever imagined. What do you know about Diabetes? Join us in learning, raising awareness, and finding a cure.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

American Diabetes Association

Happy Veteran’s Day

A picture of my wife’s “Papa” – in Japan, 1945.

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Grateful to all who have served and continue to serve to protect our rights and our freedom.

 “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”

― Czesław Miłosz, The Issa Valley: A Novel

 

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