Monday, January 24, 2011

the Betes event!

On Saturday we went to the Betes event, hosted by the ever lovely Bennet and Kimball Dunlap. Bennet is of the Your Diabetes May Vary fame and of course, the Betes. Oh it was fun and informative and it felt like home, with parents and kiddos who understand. It was just Grace and I attending from 3pm - 5pm.

Bennet had Gary Scheiner as his speaker along with Lee Ann Thill (who writes the awesome Butter Compartment blog) doing diabetes related art with everyone.
Here's Bennet saying howdy to everyone!

These stickers were on each table, one of them says 'the Betes for President'
which I would totally vote for!

After our welcome, Bennet introduced Lee Ann, who is  Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist and provides art therapy and psychotherapy for people with diabetes. You can find her practice and what she does at Besides being a fabulous gal, she has had Type 1 for more than 30 years. She is funny, and knows her stuff. Grace had a great time making all sorts of art from diabetes supplies.

Just some of the tons of diabetic 'stuff' that Lee Ann brought for the art making!

Grace making art with her expired Pods!
She blinged them out.
My homage to the OmniPod.
Here's Gary, Colette (our OmniPod rep) and Lee Ann catching Grace making some neat stuff!

Our OmniPod rep., Colette, made a Pod spider, along with tubed 'web.'
Some of the creations were fabulous and intricate, like this 'box-machine.'
 You should see the OmniPod 'creature' that Connor Dunlap made!
Hopefully Lee Ann grabbed a picture of it, it was fabulous.
The art was very therapeutic - getting messy and creative and looking at everyone elbow deep in all kinds of diabetic supplies. Some of the diabetic supplies were familiar and some others I had to ask about. It was neat.

Then Bennet assembled us all into a small circle group and Gary spoke about his role as a CDE - (a fantastic one I might add!) - how basal rates may vary, the CGM and the pump,  how athletics and sports affect us, how he looks at data and sees trends.... The man knows his stuff. And he has Type 1. He spoke about his online courses about diabetes management at Type 1 University too and what information looks like in the 21st century - going to a class from home. It was formal and informal - there was discussion and questions, and laughter, and understanding, and support, and talk for over an hour. He makes you think and I heart him for that.

Gary and Grace chatting, T1 to T1.

Bennet, Patti, Kimball, Gary all chatting and everyone doing art!

Soon enough, it was over. More than 2+ hours had flown by. I cannot tell you what these get-togethers mean for me - camaraderie, bonds, learning, meeting other folk with T1 kiddos,  knowing other people are surviving and thriving with Type 1. All of it is wonderful. All of it.

There was one thing that was missing.
I had only wished that all of my DOC Mamas were there with me and Grace.
Truly, I wished you were there.


Karen said...

What an awesome event - I was hoping someone would blog about it. Thanks for letting me feel like I was able to attend too!!

Alexis Nicole said...

Thats awesome!! Seriously the man knows his stuff!

Love Graces art and awesome pics.

I agree I would love to have been there with you!

Meri said...

I wish I was there too! It sounds wonderful! What great pictures. :)

Unknown said...

That POD spider was soooo COOL.

Penny what a fantastic even for you and Grace to attend. I am jealous....looks like fun and informative on so many levels.


I sooo wish Joe and I could've been there with you and Grace. Someday...Someday... we will meet in real life. I just know it!

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Ya know Penny, we're not all that far. I contemplated going but dismissed it thinking it was just a wee bit too far. But maybe we'll give it a go next next.

Thanks for the recap. :)

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

next next?????

next time*

Good grief. ;P

Anonymous said...

I wish I was there too! You are quite lucky to have Gary so close! I've read a lot about him! We have nothing even close to a support group around my parts and I am trying to get some sort of idea together to try a meeting of sorts and see if people do come. Diabetes Art is inspiring...maybe I could do something similar??? Hmmmm.

Leighann of D-Mom Blog said...

Sounds like such a great event and what great guests to have!

I've been debating getting some coaching from Gary and I already did one oh his Type 1 University classes...which only left me wanting more!

Looks like you and Grace had a great time!

sheila thomas said...

Colette is my pump rep too, she gave me your name and I haven't had a chance to call you. My daughter went to an art event with LeeAnn last fall in NJ. I love your blog, I will give you a call one of these days! About 1 month on the pod and we love it!