Sunday, 26 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 25th June 2016

This weeks meal plan should be full of summer meals but it's just not feeling that way yet.

ZAP does not like anything other than carrot so far which has been great fun. I think I am going to go onto foods that are a bit more exciting both the boys hated just butternut squash etc. I also remembered just how much I hate weaning. I have the Ella's kitchen book which is just lovely and a baby lead weaning book so hoping they may help me. As you can see I have not added his meals this week, it needs some more planning and maybe it's own blog!!! 

Saturday- A Waitrose curry ready meal. Boys are having pizza and salad.

Sunday -Mr MC&W and I are having a treat we love Charlie Bingham ready meals so it's a pie with ready made mash and veggies. Plus a bottle of our favourite wine. The boys are having fish and chips with peas.

Monday - Jo Pratts Madhouse Carbonara made with mascarpone.

Tuesday - Fish in sauce with rice and veggies. This will be a simple tomato based sauce.

Wednesday - I have a few Ainsley Harriet recipe books and he has a lovely smoked bacon, creamed tomatoes and peas with pasta meal.

Thursday- Crispy chicken, mashed potatoes with broccoli 

Friday - Cheesy nachos treat with lots of chicken and avocado and cheese and anything else I can throw at it.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 18th June 2016

The weeks are just flying by at the moment. Last weeks meal plan went ok, the cheesy broccoli, ham and pasta bake was great even though I changed the meal massively from that on BBC Good Food. I adored the Pea Pakoras the boys not so much,  we will give them another go. The toad in the hole was for Mr and Mrs MC&W tasty and for once I cooked it well, boys loved the Yorkshire puddings but sausages are still not going down to well.

This week is very busy so we are having a few quick and easy or throw it in the oven and leave to cook meals.

We also have baby ZAP beginning to wean so putting his first few tastes on the meal plan as well. Busy times ahead. I am using as I did with both the boys Annabel Karmels ideas to start with and then doing a combination of baby lead weaning. This dual way worked well with both OEP and ATM. This week it's all about a few first tastes as he has had a few days on baby rice now and it's time to move on a little. I will also be starting to build up freezer once the weaning takes off a little more. 

Saturday - Peri Peri chicken with chips and salad for Mr & Mrs MC&W. The boys will have chicken nuggets, chips and salad

Sunday - Out to Mr MC&W brothers house for a family BBQ to celebrate a couple of birthdays.

ZAP - Baby rice with a little apple 

Monday - Oven baked Thai chicken from BBC Good Good.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken and Rice

ZAP will be having creamed carrot.

Tuesday - Tuna Pasta bake for Mr MC&W and myself the boys will have cheesy pasta with veggies.

ZAP will be trying butternut squash

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with beans and cheese and salad

ZAP - Sweet Potato

Thursday - Brought in shop brought fresh pasta with a homemade tomato sauce

ZAP - Baby rice with a little pear

Friday - always a family favourite ham, egg and chips

ZAP - Parsnip

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Type 1 Diabetes A Parents Feelings

We have had type 1 in our lives for 2 years and these years have been filled with many emotions and feelings, but the main ones have been confusion and worry.

I shall clarify why these two words came to mind, let's start with confusion. This happened as soon as OB was diagnosed. It was the numbers people kept telling us, blood sugars readings, ketone readings, insulin dosages for long and short acting, working out food ratios. The main question we asked over and over again was "is that number good?" We simply had no idea what these numbers actually meant, they had no context.

Then came leaving hospital. This is your meter to test bloods and remember to change the cartridge in the clicker and order more test strips. Here is your insulin long and short acting, can you remember how to change the cartridge and always check your giving the right one. Remember to order more insulin and keep it cold. Ketone meter you will need this if he is sick. You need a sharps bin, speak with your local council. Here is your orange injection we hope you do not need this but if you do speak with 999. As parents our heads were spinning with information. Despite having a nurse on call 24 hours a day, we were a tad concerned if we could keep our little boy alive for the next 48 hours. We left confused and worried.

Next is carb counting yes carb counting. Scales were purchased and the weighing of food began, my phone calculator has been very useful. It was yet more numbers, reading packaging, finding packaging from the bin, looking up intimation online, swearing at packages that have nothing on them, staring at the carbs and Cals book for a miracle answer of a meal you have made and really not sure how to calculate the number of carbs. Finding out bread sends him sky high and takes forever to bring him down. I am now pretty good at looking at food and being able to judge the amount of insulin needed, but we are often still confused about food in general.

Now two years later we have nailed understanding all he numbers both good and bad. We have sharps bins and repeat prescriptions are sorted, though it did take a lot of phone calls.

The confusion now is the fact type 1 does not have a rule book. We could give OB the exact same meal two evenings in a row, when has the same blood sugar reading and it would lead to a different blood sugar results. These are some of the factors we are thinking about when considering his insulin.... is it hot or cold, is he stressed by something, is he coming down with a virus, is he growing, is he going out to play. Everything changes the levels you get. The dawn bloody rise, meaning his levels rise from around 5am not everyday either now that would be consistent. This means a whole load of extra insulin, so that the meter does not question our ability to manage his blood sugar. We swear it tells us off sometimes. They grow and have growth hormones you increase levels then hypo them you decrease the next day and send them sky high. Yes you get it confusion rules.

The next one is worry, we get this a lot as we have to manage OB type 1, he has a sever speech and language disorder and ASD. When we get the insulin wrong it breaks our hearts, if we send him hyper or hypo it's a worry, one way or another he feels pants. How could we get it so wrong we ask ourselves over and over again. We re read the book, check the levels we gave him, what lessons can we learn? what did we miss?. We worry that we are causing him long term health complications by not getting his numbers right. We worry he will not wake in the morning. We fight with him in his sleep o check his levels and worry if we correct or not if he is high or if he is low how do we get food into him. Any slight problem health wise we question, we over examine, could it be a complication, have we caused this by not managing his type 1.

These are not easy emotions to live with 24 hours a day but that's type 1, the blood testing and injections are not fun but you know your helping your child, it's the emotions behind their readings that can be very hard to cope with. When they get admitted into hospital for a simple virus, everyone else has a day sick, we are rushed via ambulance to hospital. They try to get a cannula in when he is screaming and here comes the guilt and worry in a huge wave, you wake every hour as they test, you argue with nursing staff and who do not understand his condition but will be very sure your wrong. Welcome to the world of type 1 diabetes it's a roller coaster.
Despite all this our little boy is amazing he copes so well, he has an active, fun and laughter filled life. We as parents take the worry, we make sure he will never miss out on anything due to his type 1, even if that's the queens birthday celebration with a huge slice of cake.
A Cornish Mum

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 11th June 2016

OB was taken into hospital last week with due to his type 1 which was a very scary time for us as a family, he is home now and much better and we also have a lovely piece of Gammon in the freezer. This meant we had curry on a Sunday night which was very enjoyable.

This week we are trying some new food!! Not sure how it will go down but the boys are willing to try so let's see.

Saturday - Mr & Mrs MC&W are having a chicken salad with crispy bacon, avocado and a honey and mustard dressing with garlic dough balls on the side. Boys are having chicken nuggets, chips with peas and sweetcorn.

Sunday - We are out for the MIL 70th birthday lunch in a rather posh hotel, please wish me luck.

Monday - Calzones and salad, not sure how I will make this one but there are a lot of ideas online.

Tuesday - A Cheesey pasta, ham and Broccoli bake that I found on BBC Good Food

Cheesey Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Wednesday - Pea Pakora Pockets I found these on BBC Good Food online, the boys love peas and curry so worth a go I think.

Pea Pakora Pockets

Thursday - Mini toad in the hole with mash and green veggies another BBC Good Food idea

Mini Toad in the Hole

Friday - Homemade chicken Fajita not too spicy for the boys with mini wraps

Friday, 3 June 2016

Meal Plan Saturday 4th June 2016

This week has flown by, the lamb Ragu for Mr and Mrs MC&W was just lovely however, the boys did not like the look of it. They had an emergency freezer meal, but I managed to burn the chips then burn the chicken we putting new chips on. Not my finest culinary moment. 

Boys are back to school but OB lunches are mainly sandwiches so do not need to worry about clashing foods.

Saturday - Spag Bol OB has been asking for this meal all week and it's Mr MC&W special

Sunday - roast gammon the boys both love gammon we will have it with roast potatoes and the normal trimmings

Monday - Gnnocchi bake with a tomato sauce finished off in the oven with a sprinkling of mozzarella 

Tuesday - I have two meetings one at 10.30 over in eastbourne then at 7pm at school meeting with all the reception mums and dads. This will be potato bake using up the gammon from Sunday. I can make one for myself and the boys and one for Mr MC&W to have when he has got the boys to sleep.

Wednesday - Jacket Potatoes with beans, cheese and salad

Thursday - I am going to try the boys of a simple fish pie and see how it goes down.

Friday - Trying a griddled chicken dish that's in Annabel Karmel's weaning book for toddlers it's got honey and soy sauce which looks lovely. We will have it with chips and salad.