The diagnosis of diabetes changes you and your family forever. However, in between the challenges of caring for diabetes come amusing moments that remind us of the important things in our lives, like our families and laughing. See also, You're a Parent When ....
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My 14 year old son had just been diagnosed with T1D in the spring and we were on our fisrt beach vacation with diabetes. He wanted to walk on the boardwalk with his older brother but did not want to carry any supplies. As I was pleading with him, my voice got louder and louder until I was shouting, "Take the needles! Take the needles!" My husband was coming from around the corner and said that it sounded like some kind of drug deal!
This morning while on Facebook, a fellow Parent of CWD sent me a message asking if I was up after a blood check. I replied back and said yes, and that this was my alone time. She replied back and said it was 440 here, and that it was going to be a long grumpy day. I replied back and said, "Well it is 194 here, and that Dee does not feel his highs and get grumpy, however lows he will get extremely tired." She replied, "I was meaning that it was 4:40 a.m. not that blood sugars were high." I guess it goes to show that no matter what time of day or night it is, diabetes is on my mind. When I see numbers like that it does not dawn on me that it could be anything other than diabetes. It was a good chuckle to start the day.
My eldest daughter, who does not have diabetes, is getting married in the fall. One night recently we were all out to dinner and as is often the case, the conversation turned to The Wedding. We were talking -- partly in jest -- about what song would play when we walked into the reception. I said, "Oh that's easy for me! I want "like a G4 Baby!'" Everyone looked at me funny, then my daughter with diabetes said "Mom. It's 'Like a G6 Baby.' G4 is the new CGM."
Today, as our daughter began to eat a cookie, I almost said, "Don't forget to bolus." Stopped myself when I realized it was our younger daughter, who does NOT have diabetes.
Our eight-year-old son started an insulin pump trial period. On our way home he pulled it out of his pocket and was looking at it when he said, "I wish this were an iPump!"
Conversation overheard between my daughter and her dad:
Daughter: Hi Daddy! Dad: Hey baby! How are you doing? Daughter: In life or in numbers?
When I explained to my 5 year old daughter that we probably shouldn't inject in her tummy too often as it would make her tummy not so pretty, she replied (in all her innocence) "What, like yours, mummy?"
My two sons, ages 9 and 7, share a bedroom. The 9 year old is a type 1 diabetic. As usual, I did the 2 a.m. BG test. I found him to be 97 so I ran downstairs to get some juice. While I was busy prodding and pushing him to get awake to drink it, I realized my boys had - for fun - switched beds for the nights and I was testing the child without diabetes and trying to give him juice! Thankfully, as bleary-eyed as I was, I figured it out :)
My son was diagnosed in August 2003 when he was 11 months of age. He's now nine years old. One day, he checked his blood sugar and his reading was 250. He decided to recheck it because he'd be eating soon and hoped for a lower reading. The second reading was higher than 250, so he said, "I'll go with the first reading."
I received a little reminder of my daughter away at college: One rainy morning I grabbed a different umbrella on my way to work. As I released the fastener in preparation for opening it in the parking garage elevator, three test strips fell on the floor.
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