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5 years of infertility

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I am a stay at home mom who is raising twins. One of my guys has type 1 diabetes and one does not. I am writing this blog to unite type 1 parents or twin parents. Comment on my posts or in the "what's your high?" and "what's your low?" to join the community of parents just trying to do the best we can!

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iPhone: blessing or curse?

It all started out with one, little birthday invitation. 

Then, there was "neighborhood freedom."

Theeennnn, there was the snowblower...

Well, you can kind of see what happened here. 

Then there was the $100 that each of the boys recently got from their aunt and uncle. It was supposed to be for toys, but since Rocco had left his cell phone on the driveway, and then it snowed, and then Michael used his snow blowerRocco had to buy a new one. Don't let me fool you; I'm a softy. Verizon had a sale on iPhone upgrades for $30! Another flip phone would have been free, but I figured for $30, courtesy of Rocco’s aunt and uncle, we could get the iPhone for them to share and now I won't have to get them an iPod! Genius... 

Rocco was recently chosen to be a delegate to the diabetes Children’s Congress in Washington and was featured in a JDRF fundraising video and has gotten a lot of other diabetes attention lately. 

So.... This one 

deserved some loving too, so he also got a $30 iPhone. Even though I was going to make them share the one phone, my father-in-law wanted to treat Zeke! My father-in-law prefers his flip phone and gave Zeke his upgrade to get an iPhone.  It seemed extravagant to spend so much on seven-year-olds so to justify it, we turned off the Verizon 3G capability on both phones so we won’t have to pay an additional $30 per month. Wi-fi will do for now. We turn Rocco's back on when he needs to be away from me (ex. Birthday party, playing down the street, etc...)

However.... Now my world looks like this...



And it is sounding like this...  

"Hey boys, will you wash your hands for dinner, please?" No response. Five minutes go by and all I hear is grumbling about who stole whose stuff in a game called Mine Craft that they play together on their phones while sitting right next to each other. This world is becoming so strange.

"Boys. Wash your hands." "Okay," Rocco says dutifully but not really hearing anything I say...

"BOYS!! WASH YOUR HANDS NOW!!"  "Gosh, Mom! You don't have to yell..."  Grrrr....

Then there was the church incident. Let's just say Rocco wasn't playing a Jesus app in his pocket when he snuck his phone into church this past Sunday.

 Seriously! Did he not think I couldn't see it glowing? Ha! 

Reminded of when they were two and they would hide under blankets in the middle of the living room and have me "find them". I used those moments as a way to cage my toddlers while I surfed the net. "Nooooppee... Mommy can't find you yet... Man, you two must be good hiders!" 

So there are reasons that the kids having two iPhones is a curse. 

However, this new phone thing is also a blessing. These phones can do anything!! Zeke can learn to play the piano, practice his spelling, and learn the Gettysburg Address. I'm pretty sure if I dug deep enough, I could find an app that teaches him how to fly to the moon! Or at least explains it to him with videos and graphs. The technology is truly something that Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Edison would marvel at and spend all day playing with too. It would blow their minds. 

For Rocco, this phone is a blessing and lifeline.

He can check his blood sugar using his phone! Check this out. In my favorite place called the Apple Store (my dirty little secret is that I am a tech junkie! Shhhh!!), I recently spied a blood sugar monitor that attaches to the bottom port of your iPhone!! 

Jackpot! But it was $100... So, I never got it. 

I reached out to a friend of mine who sells diabetes supplies and he told me that the company that makes this amazing little toy has a special right now and you can get one of these devices for $4.99!!!! What? I wanted to believe him, but felt like it couldn't be true.

But it was! Here is the link!  Wait though. Don't order it online yet. After you check out the link, come back to the post because I will share with you an easier way. 

So, I went online and ordered two of them. One for Rocco's new phone and one for mine. 

When they came in the mail, Rocco ripped open the box. We hooked them to both of the boy's phones, Rocco checked himself and they WORKED!! 

Super cool. We felt so high-tech! So space age! Take that George Jetson! 

Zeke said, "Now, I can check Rocco when we’re playing outside and he feels low!" Rocco replied, "Hey thanks Zeke!" I, of course, kissed them both! 

A couple of days later, I went to Walgreens and I saw them there too for $4.99.

 I wish I would have known and not paid shipping. So, I am telling you, just go to Walgreens. The deal expires on March 30, so don't delay. If your kid has an iPod or iPhone, it works on both. However, then go online after you buy the meter at Walgreen's because they give you a discount card to buy 50 test strips for only $20.  If you use a specific kind of blood sugar meter for your child's pump, get this one as a backup. That's why I got them. Plus, I have had friend's with teenage diabetic kids and something tells me they are on their phones all day anyway, so why not give them a real reason to use it? Haha!  I also figured that during the summer, it might just be easier to use this one for myself. The day we got it, I attached it to my phone and it stayed on all day. No problems.

Another reason the iPhone is a blessing is because Michael has discovered an app called "Find my friends." He linked the app to both iPhones so we can tell exactly where the boys are when they’running around the neighborhood. GPSing your kids is just fun. But on a more serious note, when your kid could get too blood sugar while playing a few houses down, being able to GPS them provides some real peace of mind. Also, iRocco feels too low to walk home, he can call me and I can come help him. It's kind of like giving him some freedom while also doing a virtual helicopter over him through GPS. Not much different than the video baby monitor except now his crib is our neighborhood. Oh, how they grow...

Finally, truth be told here is the best blessing of them all! When mommy needs a timeout from the noise, farting, giggling and eating, I can encourage all three of my men to use their devices to play together in the alternative world of Mine Craft. Once they are involved, they only talk to each other. It's kind of like playing a family game of Monopoly, right? Well, kind of...;) 

All of this technology makes me feel that even if we don't yet have a cure for these diabetes kids and their parents, at least we are making their lives a little less attached to their disease.

Long live Apple!  

In case you were wondering, I am not getting paid by Apple, iBG Star or Walgreens(I wish!). I just really like all three and thought you or your child might too! Enjoy! 

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jcsamom said...

We got my 16 year old one of these this weekend. He LOVES IT!! The meter will actually work when it's not connected to the phone, the send the data when you connect bit again. Pretty cool! Anything to make our kiddos lives a little bit easier, right?

jcsamom said...

We got my 16 year old one of these this weekend. He LOVES IT!! The meter will actually work when it's not connected to the phone, the send the data when you connect bit again. Pretty cool! Anything to make our kiddos lives a little bit easier, right?

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! Just went to buy it as an extra like u said! Just a question .. Who gave u coupon for extra strips? I didn't get any...

Shari said...

Hi, just click the link and on that we page it will say "also save on test strips"! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! Found it.. Btw love your blog - I think your a riot and so real! my son is 7 so I can relate alot..