Friday, May 31, 2013

Jake and the Fly June Book Giveaway

Jake and the Fly
 Kids love adventures, especially ones with gooey slimy creatures!

This month I'm offering a FREE copy of Jake and the Fly, the first modern-fantasy children's chapter book in the Wunderkind Family series. The Wunderkind's are an extraordinary gifted family, and Jake, the oldest son, is the scifi-inventive genius. He can make a thingamijig out of anything. The only hang-up is all the rules he has to follow.

Join Jake Wunderkind on his next adventure!
In this story, Jake is doing what he loves to do best-exploring and playing outside. As he's picking up rocks, he discovers a dozen slimy gooey worms, captures them and then hides them in a secret place in his bedroom, so his twin brother and sister can’t free them. But when the worms transform into a dozen buzzing pesty flies, Jake's adventure begins. Find out if Jake rid’s his home from being invaded by the pesty flies, and if he’s able to rescue his dad from their beady stares?

Every child has daily adventures. And my son, Jake, is no stranger to them. His kid-like imagination and adventures inspired me to write and illustrate the first book in the Wunderkind Family series.

Additional Wunderkind Family books available
Jake's Adventures - Melissa Perry Moraja
Madison and G.A. (My Guardian Angel) - Melissa Perry Moraja

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Safety Preparation for a Type 1 Diabetic Child

Last week, we experienced severe weather storm warnings, which encouraged everyone in Union County, NC to get to the lowest level of their home in case of an unexpected Tornado. After the Oklahoma tragedy, we took this warning seriously. My kids and I ran around frantically, gathering and lugging down the following to our basement bathroom - food, water, diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, towels, and type 1 diabetic supplies.

Once everything was in place, we sat near the bathroom, doing homework and waiting to see if the storm would bring the unexpected-a tornado. It didn't! Thank heavens. But what if it would have? What if a tornado did form just before we were able to gather my daughters type 1 diabetes supplies or diapers for my baby?

That one warning made me realize that I needed to prepare for such possible events now. The following is what I would recommend keeping near the place you plan to hide if a possible tornado did form. I also shared a list of things you should always have with you in your car, just in case your car breaks down, you are stuck in traffic, or you got into an accident. We've been stuck in traffic for hours at a time, unable to get off the road. Being prepared is a must when you have a type 1 diabetic child.

Severe  weather warning:
  1. Always have your child's type 1 diabetic bag with them during a severe storm warning filled with at least one juice, the Glucagon pen, sugar tablets, meter, test strips, batteries for meter and insulin pump, and protein (such as peanut butter crackers or Slim Jim). We also have frosting in my daughters bag, along with syringes.
  2. Store a package of juice (8 juice boxes per pack), case of water, sugar tablets and a box of peanut butter crackers in your basement where you will be hiding.
  3. Keep an extra meter kit.
  4. Keep an extra unopened insulin pen if you are able too.
  5. Make sure you keep extra batteries in their diabetic bag or in this area. Your child's meter or insulin pump's battery could die.
  6. Store a pad of paper and a few pencils for the kids to draw and doodle. If you have an extra card set, store that too.

  1. Always have your child's type 1 diabetic bag with your child.
  2. Have an extra finger pricking device in your glove compartment. We've broken ours when we have been out and about. We were lucky we had stashed an extra in our glove compartment.
  3. Keep extra waters and juice in your car. If it's too hot to keep them in there all the time, then make an auto diabetes bag (in addition to your child's type 1 diabetes bag) that you take with you whenever you are in the car. I have a Thirty-one bag that I store water, juice, sugar tablets, baby wipes, and box of peanut butter Ritz crackers that I take with me whenever I drive.

I would love to hear any additional supplies or tips that you may have!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Knew This Day Would Come

This morning, around 6:40 am, a loud crash echoed through the ceiling above our heads. Jake, Josh, Madison and I froze unsure what had happened. I waited, listening closely unsure if the sound was caused by something the cats knocked over or by Isabella (my 19 month old). Screams of fear shot down the staircase. I ran as fast as I could upstairs, worried that Isabella was hurt. When I entered her slightly dark bedroom, I found her standing on her bedroom carpet bare naked. She had taken off her clothes (including her diaper) and then climbed out of her crib. From the sound of the big bang, she must have fallen as she was making her way over the side of the crib.

I ran to her, swooped her up and then slowly checked her body, making sure she didn't hurt herself. I then brought her downstairs to share her newest accomplishment with her siblings. They laughed and laughed when they saw her bare naked. And when they found out she had climbed out of her crib on her own, their eyes opened wide as they held their breath. They knew that this was going to be another parenting adventure.

Parenting a Toddler
Isabella Hiding in Our Pantry Closet
I love that Isabella is getting bigger, but this stage brings with it a constant on your toes watch. Climbing out of her crib is only a sprinkle of what Isabella has mastered. She's moving her kid chair to our kitchen island so she can see what's on it and then pull whatever she wants off. She's tasting everything our dog tastes. She's coloring her body from head to toe with beautiful colorful markers. And she's opening closet doors to quietly hide. That's only a glimpse of Isabella's one year old world. Or should I say, my mommy world.

Tonight, I'm hoping she sleeps peacefully in her crib and doesn't climb out until the sun rises. But I'm sure that is too good to be true and instead, I'll probably end up with my little Bella-bee sleeping next to me.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ASTROLOGY NEWS: Neptune Goes Retrograde June 2013 causing Dreams, Drowning and Discoveries

Neptune is the planet that influences dreams, illusions, psychic sensitivity and inspiration. On June 7, 2013, it turns retrograde in the sign it rules, Pisces. This can be an important time period for people affected by this planets retrograde motion. Also be aware that dreams, drowning and discoveries are Neptune results.

First, it's a time to listen to your inner voice and follow it. Pay attention to what your gut is telling you. Neptunes retrograde motion will make you more aware of your emotions, allowing you to connect to what you truly are feeling. If you are unhappy in a relationship, Neptune will force you to feel that at a deeper level; and same goes for anything you are unhappy about. My recommendation is to seek counseling before making a decision. Expressing and sharing what is happening internally is important during this retrograde.

Second, if you have a drinking (alcoholism) or drug problem, the retrograde motion of Neptune can make it worse, leaving you depressed and forcing you to seek help when it turns direct in November, 2013.

Third, if you are creative or have an idea to start a hobby or business or go back to school, this is a great time to start putting your dream in motion. Research and begin drawing up the plans. Then use the energy of when Neptune goes direct in November to launch it.

Fourth, be ready, you may start experiencing premonitions and other psychic sensitivites. Allow yourself to have fun developing and tuning into this part of yourself.

Fifth, this time period is important for parents to have heart to heart, deep conversations with their children. Find out what is happening underneath the surface. Listen to everything they need and want to share. If they feel a need to share a dream or gut feeling, sit down with them and give them the attention they crave. And watch them very closely at the pool, especially from now to mid-June! Drowning is high during this period.

Emotions and water are also influenced by Neptune's change in direction. In the past, flooding, water damage, and major weather storms have happened two to three weeks prior. The Oklahoma tornado is a combination of the May 25th lunar eclipse and Neptunes retrograde energy. And the frightening part is we still have a few more days till the eclipse hits it's beak and a couple more weeks till Neptune goes retrograde.

The following are my recommendations during this time period:
  • Don't drink and drive
  • Take precautions during any storm because flooding and casualties are greater
  • Listen to your gut feeling
  • Express your feelings
  • Talk and listen to your children
  • Health related to pnemonia or blood can be of a concern or worry
  • Be on guard at the pool and trips to the ocean to prevent drowning
Wishing you a safe and fun start to the summer! And I hope you will check out my children's books and the Guardians of the Prism, Splatter and Friends!

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Learning Lessons for Managing Type 1 Diabetes with Sports

    I love playing sports, especially softball and soccer! And I feel blessed that my daughter Madison loves playing them just as much as I do. But managing Madison's blood sugar during and after a game is like a weather person trying to predict which direction a hurricane will go in. There are so many variables (weather, meal, emotional state, growth spurt) that can trigger it to go in a direction you just wouldn't have thought possible. And last night, Madison's blood sugar dropped way below her norm while she was sleeping all because of playing in a tournament fastpitch softball game, which they won.

    For an hour and a half, every kid and parent was on a high, including Madison's blood sugar, which stayed around 230, even after I gave her insulin during the game. I had hoped it was closer to 150 for several reasons. When Madison's blood sugar is above 250, she has a harder time hitting the ball. She also starts getting fidgety out in the field where she's moving and wiggling a lot more than normal. And she also starts getting more emotional.

    But last night, no matter what I tried (giving her insulin and having her do jumping jacks) her blood sugar decided to just maintain itself around 230 a result of being ecstatic from hitting a home run, sad from striking out, pitching to a new team, and anxious for the next play. After the game, I let her have a lollipop and decided not to have her check her blood sugar. From past experience, I've found it's not worth having her check her blood sugar immediately after a game unless she feels really low. Usually after she's played a game, her blood sugar will continue to drop for at least 20 to 40 minutes afterward.

    When we got home, I had her get ready for bed and then we checked her blood sugar at 8:27 pm. The meter said her blood sugar was 125, a number that is perfect. But something inside me thought she may still drop, so I gave her four Ritz peanut butter crackers, hoping that would keep her blood sugar around 125 throughout the night. But it didn't.

    Usually, we don't check her blood again until my husband goes to bed which is around 11:00 pm. But last night, I had this urge to check her one hour later and my jaw dropped and eyes bugged out of my head when the meter showed the number 53. I immediately woke her up and had her drink two juice boxes and eat five Ritz peanut butter crackers. From there, we went into prevention mode and implemented the 15:15 rule. This is a rule where we have to check her blood sugar 15 minutes later, and if it hasn't gone up, then we need to give her 15 carbs and recheck it 15 minutes after that. Basically at this point we're feeding her disease. This is what I hate about the disease. Our endocrinologist said that usually type 1 diabetics will wake up from a nightmare when their blood sugar drops too low. And if they don't, they end up in a coma. 53 was way too low for me.

    I've learned a lot about what to do and what not to do with controlling Madison's blood sugar during and after a soccer, basketball and softball game. I hope the following provides a guideline for other parents of type 1 diabetic children.

    • For high active sports like soccer and basketball, we've found it's better to take Madison's insulin pump off. Soccer and basketball are two highly active sports, allowing Madison to run around enough for us to take off her insulin pump during the game and practice.
    • For low active sports, we've had to keep Madison's insulin pump on. We've found baseball and softball to be low active sports. Madison isn't as active during a softball game, requiring us to keep her pump on.
    • During a high active game, we've consistently had to check Madison's blood sugar half way through. We've found that we've needed to give Madison at least a 15 carb juice 30 minutes after the game has started.
    • During a low active sport, we haven't had to check Madison's blood sugar as much, if at all. Madison is usually good with feeling her highs and lows. And because she's not running around as much, I haven't been concernd with her blood sugar dropping. In fact, I've been more worried with it going high because she is nervous and not active. 
    • Because of last night, after a tournament game, I plan to take Madison's pump off for one hour. This will eliminate basal insulin from entering her body. The excitement and stess during last nights fast pitch tournament game caused Madison's blood sugar to be unpredictable.
    • Madison's blood sugar has to be in the 100's for her to play at her best for softball. We've found that if she eats a high protein meal with measurable carbs, we're better able to manage her blood sugar.
    • Pizza and pasta an hour or two before a soccer game works well for Madison. But it doesn't for softball. In fact, we've found it's best not to have Madison eat a high starchy carb before a softball game, because she's not active enough to burn it off quickly.
    • After a game or practice, a parent should check their type 1 diabetic child's blood sugar an hour after they go to bed, because that is the time period where their body is relaxing and blood sugar is trying to stabilize. In addition, I highly recommend checking it again one to two hours later.
    • Always share your child's disease with the umpire, referree and coach. We've had several instances where I've had to call timeout to give Madison a sugar tablet.
    I hope you will also share your learning lessons!

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Hope You'll ENTER My First KidLit Book Giveaway May 13 - 19th!

    I'm so excited to share that I am offering a FREE copy of The Tale of the Slimy Spitball (the first book in My Guardian Angel series)  in my first KidLit Book Giveway!

    The Tale of the Slimy Spitball is the first book in the Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) children's chapter book series. It's a funny, modern-fantasy children's chapter book that teaches children that they don't have to be perfect. Even Madison's guardian angel isn't. Every story will share at least one learning lesson such as bullying, friendship, and responsibility.

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    Three Meals, One Dinner - A Mom's Selfishness is Benefiting Her Kids

    Three Meals, One Dinner | Working Mother
    Three meals and one dinner has been my life for almost eight years. This year I've taken on a new leaf where my time is just as valuable as my kids and hubby's. And my mommy selfishness is actually benefiting my kids and family. Click the sub-title (in orange) and read what I shared on Working Mother!

    Thursday, May 09, 2013

    How to Raise Intuitive Kids

    Children have a natural intuitive ability from the time they are born. It's this intuitive sense that allows them to instantly bond with their mom and dad. It's the sense that allows them to know if mommy is leaving even if their mommy doesn't have her shoes or jacket on yet. My one year old starts to whine and gets clingy about 30 minutes before I'm leaving the house. She can sense that I'm going somewhere and she may not be going with me.

    Kids are like little sponges, absorbing everything through their senses, even their sixth sense of intuition. As a parent, you can assist your child with developing their intuition by simply helping them develop their other senses. Intuition is the ability to know or understand something without prior experience or knowledge. Many people describe it as a gut-feeling or a knowing. Developing your child's intuition is a gift that will assist them all through life in negotiating, social situations, identifying an opportunity and more. And no matter what age you are, you can begin developing your intuitive ability.

    So how do you help your kids develop their intuition?
    From personal experience, begin with developing your child's most heightened sense. What you'll find is as this one sense gets stronger your child's other senses will start developing along side that one. The following are some steps in helping you develop your child's heightened sense.
    1. Identify that one sense that is most developed. Every child is born with at least one sense (hearing, seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting) that is heightened. My type 1 diabetic daughter, Madison, is a feeler. She has to touch every toy. She uses the word feel and feeling when she describes her emotions. She says, "I feel this is going to happen" versus "I can see this is going to happen." 
    2. Talk to them about their special sense. When my twin son Josh comes home from school, I always ask him if anything in his second grade class room changed. He notices things like his teacher having a new coffee cup or that someone brought in an apple and put it on her desk or she's wearing earrings for the first time. Also, because he is visual, I need to show him how to do things. He's lucky because his sense of hearing is heightened too. His heightened auditory ability allows him to play a song on the piano by listening to the song, something I have no ability to do. I have to read the notes to play a song.
    3. Lastly, make an effort every day to help them express their heightened sense. Going for walks or exploring the outdoors is a great way to accomplish this. For feelers, have them pick up and touch things in nature. Have them feel the weather. Have them feel how they are feeling. For visual kids, point to things in nature. Ask them to find three different kinds of birds. Share in what you see. For auditory kids, ask them to listen to bird sounds and then describe those sounds. You can also drop leaves and rocks and have them describe what they heard. For kids with a heightened sense of smell, have them smell different leaves and flowers. Have them smell the air as you walk to see if they can pick up on any smells that smell different. For kids who love tasting, have them taste a leaf or a piece of grass. Ask them to taste the air to see if it tastes any different from when they were in the house to now being outside the house.
    Be creative and have fun as you help your child develop their sensory ability. This skill will help them become more aware of their surroundings and of themselves, triggering their natural ability to kick in.

    Monday, May 06, 2013

    I Was Nominated for the Liebster Award Again!

    I really feel honored that Melody, the mommy blogger of Coffee & Kahlua, nominated me for the Liebster Award! Since I just received it a few weeks back from another fantastic mom blogger, I'm going to keep this short and sweet, by answering her questions below and then posting them on my Meet Melissa page! Hope you'll checkout some interesting facts about me.

    Here Are My Answers To The Nominee 11 Questions: 
    1. Whats your favorite movie genre'?  Comedies hands down! I love laughing!
    2. Do you make a monthly budget or do you wing it? Totally, wing it
    3. Whats your Dream Job? I'm living my dream job every day
    4. What is your Favorite Day to Day Activity? Hmm, hugging my kids, having my first sip of coffee and then checking my email to see who I can help
    5. What Are 3 colors that inspire you? Oh, you have to checkout the Guardians of the Prism. Their personalities and behavior are based on the psychological and behavioral affects of color. Orange is one of the most inspirational and motivational colors out there. Then a really calming blue and a creamy yellow tone.
    6. Something you are inspired by everyday? My children
    7. Do You Drink Coffee? why or why not? You bet! I started in my late 20's and grew to love the taste. I'm a decaf mommy.
    8. What were your goals 10 years ago? 10 years ago is exactly when my goals changed from being a career driven corporate executive who found her love in being a creative, inspirational children's and self-help writer and illustrator.
    9. Favorite Season? Fall
    10. How many shoes do you own? Not many. My husband owns way more than me. I'm not a shoey mom. I'm a slipper sock mom. 
    11. Collect anything that you don't wear? I'm very practical. If I don't wear it, I give it away.

    Sunday, May 05, 2013

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    Friday, May 03, 2013

    ASTROLOGY NEWS: May 2013 Eclipses Will Trigger Big Events!

    These two astrological eclipses back to back will result in another stream of big life changing events, just like the one in April, 2013.

    There's no doubt that the eclipse and the change of Pluto's direction in April, 2013, created enough energy to push the Boston Marathon bombing into action. Since I've been analyzing astrological movement, I've been blown away with it's timing on triggering life changing events on a micro and macro level. And the two eclipses in May, 2013, will prove to be the same.

    Like everything in life, every eclipse brings out the good and the bad. These two eclipses will be affecting materialism, production, farming, possessiveness, family, and freedom.

    On May 9, 2013, a solar eclipse will occur in the possessive, stubborn, and family-oriented Earth sign of Taurus. The fires in Los Angeles are a result of this eclipse. Anything involving the Earth such as farming, mining, and material creation can be affected, but that's not all. It also can trigger a family member to lie or steal. Theft and vandalism are hot for this eclipse. This eclipse will bring out the Taurus energy.

    My recommendation is to share your stuff and to stop hoarding, because it's going to blow up in your face. Material things come and go. What matters most is people, family and friends. Enjoy your material successes, because they don't last forever. And on a worldy level, countries have to watch out for the same. Those Korean countries are setting themselves up for a world-wide intervention soon.

    Then on May 25th a lunar eclipse will form in the sky. This eclipse isn't as strong the May 9th eclipse. However, it will shine it's light, bringing addictions and obsessions to the forefront. Watchout for drinking and driving, and drunk drivers. Be flexible in your thinking. And watch for making rash emotional decisions by ending a relationship that you may later regret.

    Enjoy these two eclipses energy by sharing, being honest, and being open. It's a great time to create a new product, plant some flowers, and think things through.

    Thursday, May 02, 2013

    THE APRIL BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER IS Sweet 3 yr old Alivia!

    I am so excited to announce that 3 yr old Alivia is the lucky winner of my first children's book giveaway-an autographed free copy of Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) The Tale of the Slimy Spitball.

    Alivia's mommy, Elena, is one of the sweetest, most loving mom's I have connected with thru my blog. I hope you will take a peek at her blog. She's a very talented photographer and more! Hope you'll congratulate them both!

    Cropped Stories is the winner of an autographed copy of The Tale of the Slimy Spitball

    The selection process:
    My daughter Madison (the main character of Madison and GA) helped me pick the winner. I wrote down all the names on small ripped-up pieces of paper and then put them in a baseball cap for Madison to pick one out. As you can see from the photo below, Madison was so excited to be part of giving a copy of this funny-modern fantasy children's chapter book.

    Madison loves angels! And her guardian angel isn't perfect. GA (pronounced Gee-ay) spills milk all the time, borrows Madison's brother's toys, and leaves the front door open. But GA is Madison's best friend and guardian. She is in Madison's life to protect and guide her. Although many days, Madison finds that she has to also protect and guide her angel. Both are growing up together, learning from their lessons. And every time GA learns a lesson, she earns a feather for her wings so she can one day fly. Hope you'll fall in love with Madison's angel and read her stories on how GA is earning her feathers!

    This is Madison holding up the lucky winner - Cropped Stories

    The Tale of the Slimy Spitball is the first of the Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) children's chapter book series. I have a second written. I just need to illustrate it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you will be able to get a copy by Christmas 2013!

    Please also come back monthly to enter my monthly book giveaways! May's children's book giveaway is The Secret of the Shark Tooth Crab Claw which is the second book in the Jake's Adventures children's chapter book series.

    Is Your Elementary School Understaffed? Panicked Mom (Me) Runs to Rescue Child From Having Asthma Attack Only To Find It Wasn't Her Kid

    I've been debating if I should share what happened on Monday morning. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this story could bring awareness and possibly change.

    My morning started off with smiles and hugs from my one year old. But then at 8:30 am my phone rang. I glanced at the caller ID. The number was Antioch Elementary, the school my three tweens attend. Of course I rushed to pick it up nervous something was wrong with Madison, my type 1 daughter. But it wasn't Madison's second grade teacher. It was the school's front office manager, sharing that my son, who I immediately thought was Joshua, was in the nurse's office having an asthma attack.

    I think every version of OMG and WTF went through my mind. Joshua has had really bad seasonal allergies since he was born, which has triggered asthma episodes. But this year he hasn't had any asthma episodes. I just assumed he had grown out of it. Even the pediatrician shared on several occasions that kids can grow out of their allergies and asthma inhalers. So last fall I weaned Josh off the nebulizer and inhaler. And I never got backup medicine.

    So after a few minutes of talking to the office manager and her making me feel better that Josh was breathing (just wheezing), I decided to try to get an emergency order of his allergy medicine. I left a message for the Triage nurse at the pediatricians office. I called the pharmacy trying to see if his prescriptions were still current. I couldn't get him anything. My mind was racing on what I should do next and how I can relieve Josh from his asthma attack. I decided to call the office manager back, letting her know where I was on trying to get him medicine. She said that there was a stash of inhalers that no one at the school could administer, but if I came in I could give it to Josh. Within seconds, my oversized goldendoodle, one year old and I were in the car zooming (okay, I drove a little over the speed limit) to the school. And I had to take my dog because he would have eaten Isabella's breakfast which I didn't have time to put away.

    When I arrived, I noticed the office manager was on the phone talking to a parent, so I hurried to the nurses office with my one year old on my hip. When I entered, I noticed a boy (not mine) with dark hair, very tanned skin, wearing a yellow shirt sitting in a chair wheezing. He kind of looked like a darker smaller version of Josh. I shouted my son's name, thinking perhaps he was in the bathroom. But noone shouted back and the kid sitting there kept looking at me like I was a dumb blind parent because he was the only kid in the room and it was pretty obvious that no one was in the bathroom since the door was open. I looked at the kid again, and then it hit me. It was a bad case of mistaken identity.

    I strolled back into the reception area and waited for the front office manager to get off the phone. When she did, I said, "That's not my kid in there." She looked at me totally confused by my words. Then she got up and we both walked back into the nurses office. I could tell from her facial expression that she was embarrassed and overwhelmed that morning. She looked at the kid and said, "You aren't a Moraja." The kid gave her the same "are you dumb and blind" look he gave me. I actually thought it was funny. This is so my life having unexpected bizarre coincidences that makes my mommy life entertaining.

    When I got home, I reflected on what had happened. And the more I thought about it, the more I felt as if I needed to say and do something. Here's why! I think that if I would have had a doctors note on file at the school saying that the staff at Antioch Elementary could give my son a shot from an inhaler, I think the office manager would have given it to that kid. What would have happened if that kid had a reaction from medicine that wasn't prescribed for him, but given to him by mistake?

    I don't place any blame on the office manager. I blame the system for not making sure there is well-trained medical person on site at our elementary school five days a week. I know the office manager loves these kids. She goes out of her way helping every parent and child that enters the office. But the principal at that school has her doing much more than any of us could manage. She fills in for the nurse, while also performing the job she was hired to do. Something has to change!

    Every elementary school should be required to have a full-time nurse. No ifs ands or buts. This is a job that noone should take lightly. There are kids at Antioch Elementary having asthma attacks, vomiting, having allergic reactions, needing stitches, and requiring insulin shots. I have my hands full with taking care of one type 1 diabetic child. I can't imagine having to do my full-time work job and be a nurse at the same time.

    Please feel free to forward to a friend. Our kids need a full-time nurse and our school staff needs a break.