Humorous Tidbits from 2003The 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.
I am home schooling our 5 year old son, who just went on the pump 5 months ago. Today we were learning about the letter 'S'. He was excited. "I know what begins with 'S'- 'Site change'! I'm sure any other teacher would be more than a little perplexed by this answer.
18 December 2003
During a recent snow storm, my three-year-old son, Aidan (diagnosed at one), was excitedly getting ready to go out and play in the snow. I asked him why he was so happy about the snow and he said, "Mom, I like to eat snow and there are no carbs in it so it is free for me."
18 December 2003
I am a 15 year old diabetic, and I was talking to my crush's friend about liking him. He said, "Eric doesn't like high maintenance girls like you." This is the complete opposite of me and I questioned why he thought that. "Well, you're always checking your pager, even during lunch!" I laughed--he didn't know it was an insulin pump!
4 December 2003
I work at a daycare center and all the kids were curious about my new pump. I explained to them that when I eat, I push some buttons and it gives me insulin, and that keeps me healthy. I told them that it was very important that I do this. After snack time I was cleaning up and grabbed a few cheerios to eat. Then when I went to play with the kids again, one four-year-old crossed her arms and looked at me sternly. "Erica, are you going to push the buttons or am I going to have to?" It was so cute that they were taking care of me!
28 November 2003
After 14 years of Type 1, I went on to the pump. At my first official "fancy outing" after getting the pump, I wore my slinkly long green dress and stockings. The only place to put the pump was on my upper-inner thigh. I used white sports tape to fasten my pump over my stockings. 15 minutes into the opera, I realized that my pump was alarming. The only light available was safety floor lighting in the back of the theatre. I had to hike up my dress and run back there to see what the problem was. An usher came over and started yelling at me, telling me I had to leave (thinking I was making a phone call). She left me alone after I told her it was a medical device. I was able to prime out the occlusion, re-fasten the pump and get back to my seat while still in the theatre.
11 November 2003
My seven-year-old daughter was just diagnosed 12 days ago and the doctor talked to us about how our genes affected her chances to get diabetes. That night in bed she said, "Mommy, why did you and Daddy give me your pants?"
12 October 2003
Hunter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was two back in February. One day we were driving down the road and Hunter said to me, "Mommy, I don't have diabetes anymore." Before I could even reply he said, "I just threw it out the window." If it were only that easy!
23 September 2003
My daughter is 4 with diabetes and in PreKindergarten. One day she had been scratching a mosquito bite till it bled. The teacher was concerned and ask why my daughter kept scratching. My daughter was just happy to answer: "I was just checking my blood."
21 September 2003
On his first appointment after being diagnosed, the nurse was discussing injection sites with our son. "Where do you get your shots?" she asked, meaning, arm, hip, etc. "It all depends," our then 5-year-old explained. "Sometimes in the kitchen, sometimes in the bathroom!"
12 September 2003
We recently moved to a new home with pool. I was getting ready to take my non-diabetic 3 year old swimming. She was waiting patiently on the deck while I checked the chlorine level with a pool test-strip. She watches me read the strip and then says, "Can we swim mommy or does the pool have ketones?"
9 September 2003
On our last day at Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with diabetes and their families, all the children make a little 'wishing boat' and set them in the lake. It is an emotional highlight after a week of camp. I asked my 5 year old son, dx'd at 2 yr old, what he wished for. He said, "Mom, I wish I had long hair." If only my wish can be granted as easily as his!
5 September 2003
My 13 year old son was diagnosed 4 months ago. We do not curse in our house. I even correct the kids when I hear the word "stupid" or "idiot" come out of their mouths. However, my son chuckled when he saw how I titled his clipboard face sheet that contains all his important numbers. I have fondly titled the sheet preceding the chart, "Bruce's BS Numbers and Nutrition Records." It is actually injected a little humor into a frustrating daily challenge.
4 September 2003
One evening at bedtime, my eight year old daughter was playing hide and seek under the blankets on the bed. When I entered the room to look for her, you would not have known by looking at the bed that she was under the blankets. However, the dead giveaway was her pump laying out from under the blankets, which she didn't realize. I immediately burst out laughing and said, "Your pump gave you away." Now it has become a big joke at bedtime.
4 September 2003
A few months after my 4 year-old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes we decided to be a part of JDRF's Walk To Cure Diabetes. Our entire family participated in the walk and had a great time! Later that month Donovan had a doctor's appointment. When prompted to tell the doctor about participating in the Walk Donovan said, "I walked to cure diabetes, but it didn't work. I am still diabetic. I guess we will have to try again next year!"
4 September 2003
Robbie had his 6th birthday at diagnosis in hospital. He has been able to check blood sugars since that time. He got his pump at 7 and has been able to operate it, calculate boluses, push buttons, etc. I did set the pump bolus maximum at 2.9u so he couldn't mistake 0.3 for 3.0 when he was first getting used to decimals. It has really helped his math skills. For example, if I say 15 chips for .5u, he will bolus 2.0 units and then announce, "Ooops, now I have to have 60 potato chips because you don't want me to go low!"
4 September 2003
My son is 8 and has been d'xd with diabetes for about one year. The other day we were at the State Fair where he shows livestock. I asked him to test prior to going into the show ring. He came back to me just moments later and said, "Mom, I'm 12!" I panicked and said, "Are you sure?" (He didn't show any signs of being low.) His comment was, "Yes, I'm in class 12 and that's next." My brothers burst into laughter after they saw the relief on my face.
30 August 2003
My daughter was diagnosed with diabetes about six weeks ago. Last week we received the Wizdom kid Kit in the mail. She was sitting in the living room reading a "post card" that was in the kit. She was reading off the different signs of low blood sugar, tired, crabby..., then as innocent as could be said, "I must be low a lot." We all laughed!
30 August 2003
It was shortly before noon and my 6 year old told me that she felt low, so she grabbed her monitor and tested her blood sugar. She announced that her blood sugar was 33 so I panicked and grabbed a glucose tablet and juice box. After I juiced her up, I tested her again to see if her blood sugar had come up and the monitor now read "HI". I checked her previous reading and the monitor read "303". I guess in her little mind's eye it read 30 3. This will be a family favorite for years to come.
14 August 2003
This morning Jesse did a site change. He was a little high, so I told him he'd need to do a correction once the new site was in. He looked at me and said, "Mom, do you think I could take a shot? I haven't had one in a long time and I want to remember what it feels like."
10 August 2003
My 13 year old daughter checked her blood sugar then proceeded to lick her finger. She then asked, "If my blood sugar is high, will this make it higher?"
10 August 2003
I was awakened by a beeping sound at 1:00 AM. I immediately went to my pumper and examined the pump. I found no message on the screen and the pump was not beeping. Then I listened carefully, looked out the window, and discovered that the beeping sound was coming from the garbage truck angling into a parking spot to collect the garbage.
4 August 2003
My 6 year old was reading me an easy reader book. When she got to a part about an apple she as trying to sound out the word "pretty." She instead read "the apple is protein!" I thought only a child with diabetes would substitute the word protein!
2 August 2003
Aiden, age 18 months, has a beloved stuffed Monkey that he drags nearly everywhere with him. Monkey sleeps with him every night and comes out of the crib with him every morning. This morning after Aiden's insulin shot he crawled off my lap and handed me Monkey. Not sure what he wanted, I gave Monkey a kiss on his well chewed nose and said "Good Morning Monkey!" When I tried to hand him back Aiden got very frustrated, stamped his foot and said "SHOT!" Took me a second to realize that he wanted Monkey to have a shot too! So I turned Monkey over my lap (just like I do Aiden), drew some air into the syringe and said "One, two THREE!" and injected Monkey's leg. This time when I handed him back Aiden grinned and headed off to the living room. Apparently Monkey has diabetes too!
1 August 2003
My 5 year old recently had her Kindergarten Check-up. She was staring at the infant scale, where the nurse had "hidden" all of the immunizations she was about to receive. She looked at me proudly and said, "I know what that is!" I played dumb. "What honey," looking away from the syringes. "That is a scale where they weigh babies with diabetes!"
16 July 2003
I recently had to take one of my 3-year-old twins to Clinic for her check-up. My non-diabetic twin asked if her sister's insulin pump was broken. When I told her "No, but her pancreas doesn't work." She replied, "We need to get her pancreas new batteries!" If it were only that easy.
2 July 2003
My son is 2 1/2 and was diagnosed six months ago with diabetes. The other day he fell into our sofa and hurt his arm. He then asked for a Band-Aid for his arm. I told him he didn't need a Band-Aid because there was no blood. He persisted so I asked him, "Where's the blood?" He then pointed to the tip of his finger. My heart went out to him and he got his Band-Aid.
24 June 2003
One evening during the dinner rush, I asked my diabetic 4-year-old Emma to get the twins some Cheerios so they would stop crying. The crying didn't stop right away, and when I looked over at the twins in their high chairs, they were really frustrated and mad. Emma was sitting just out of their reach, meticulously measuring out their Cheerios into bowls with a tablespoon. She wanted to make sure they "weren't eating too many carbs, Mommy!"
22 June 2003
My son Dylan was diagnosed about 11 months ago at age 2 1/2 years old. Dylan's dad is an auto body repair man. Upon coming home from the hospital, Dylan had heard us talk of his pancreas not working. A few days went by and Dylan asked, "Think my dad could fix my 'panc-er-us' like he fixes the cars?" He still tells people he has a broken pancreas.
21 June 2003
At the grocery store last week my 3 year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes for 11 months, picked up a box of crackers and, looking at the label, said, "Hmm, I can't have these. They have 60g of carbohydrates." A few days ago he inquired to his aunt, who was eating pepper rings, "Are those diabetic peppers?"
21 June 2003
My older son Ross (11 years old) took out our pretend Harry Potter magic wand and did a spell for his brother (age 6) with diabetes. Ross said "pancreas repairus" and James laughed and laughed. He loves Harry Potter. You may be familiar with the occulus repairus spell that Hermoine does to Harry's glasses! If only Ross's spell worked!
14 June 2003
Eight D.C. area mothers of children with diabetes met for a long, luxurious (and therapeutic) brunch. After three hours of laughter, and trading "war stories", tips, and gripes, they were amused when the server, delivering the check, said, "You are all so intensely interested in your work. Are you nurses or doctors?"
2 May 2003
Last May my daughter Kaitlyn, age 8 dx'd when she was 4 years old, was preparing for her First Holy Communion. She insisted that her second grade teacher ask the priest, "How many carbs are in communion? I may need to bolus after I receive communion." Well, her teacher and principal (Sr. Lori) thought she was very mature about having diabetes. When Kaitlyn returned home from school she was very excited when she announced, "Communion bread had NO carbs in it. Guess I won't need to bolus for it!"
23 April 2003
Our 5-year-old diabetic son wears a medic alert necklace, which he refers to as his "dog tags." Since he is into the army, this was a way to encourage him to wear it on a regular basis. Recently we purchased a GI-Joe doll that came with real "dog tags." When he noticed the necklace around the doll's neck, he came running in the door shouting, "Look! GI-Joe has just been diagnosed too!"
23 April 2003
Our son Ian is a senior in high school. He has had diabetes since April 1997. Last month on spring break, Ian went on the school's band trip to Florida. On the way down, two freshman girls were sitting next to him. One was Katie -- her brother Tom also has diabetes -- and Andi. Andi, not knowing much about diabetes, looked over at Ian when he was checking his blood sugar and asked, "What game are you playing?" Ian's answer: "Diabetes, it's a life long game." Very profound.
13 April 2003
The first winter after my daughter, then three, was diagnosed with Type 1 she asked me "Is there sugar in snow Mommy?" "No, there is no sugar in snow," I replied. She then shouted "Oh goody, I can eat as much as I want!"
6 April 2003
My daughter Logan was diagnosed in March 2000, three weeks prior to her second birthday. My son was only three months old and does not have diabetes. When he was 2 1/2, he came running into the kitchen from the living room saying, "Mommy, Mommy, I'm shaky I need some juice." I guess he figured it was a sure thing because every time his sister says she is shake she gets juice.
8 March 2003
My daughter Julie was 3 when she was diagnosed, and her diagnosis affected everybody in our family, and even the other children at our babysitter's care. One of her little friends was overheard telling her cousin "My friend Julie has diabetes", to which her cousin replied "It's not diabetes, it's diarrhea!" The arguing continued until one of the moms in the room explained that diabetes and diarrhea are two different things.
7 February 2003
My 4-year old non-D daughter is very cautious about what her seven-year-old brother with diabetes can now eat. Before anything gets to his lips, she asks, "Is there diet in that?"
4 February 2003
Due to our moving into our new home and everything, I've been so tired lately that it's unbelievably ridiculous. Last night, at 3 a.m., I'm sitting on my son's bed and I look down at the meter and see his number is 16! I start to panic when suddenly something strange happens. He's not 16, he's 15! No, he's not 15, he's 14! He's dropping fast! This has never happened before? What do I do? We need juice fast. What I did do is wake up enough to actually figure out that his meter was still counting down. He wasn't dropping at all!
18 January 2003
Tonight after her bath Rachel, age 5, was running around the house giggling, "I'm naked, I'm naked....oops, except I'm wearing my site!"
13 January 2003
Once during a hospital stay for a stomach virus, my 3 year old was asked by his nurse, "What would you like Santa to bring you for Christmas?" He answered by pointing to his i.v. and fluid bag and said, "One of these and one of those."
11 January 2003
The other morning my four-year-old diabetic son asked for a cookie for breakfast. I said, "You can't have a cookie for breakfast." He replied, "Yes, I can. Just give me more insulin!" I now know shots are not a big deal for him!
9 January 2003
While on vacation, my three-year-old daughter met her cousin for the first time. He was very curious about her glucometer and why she had to be tested. I finally explained as best I could. I told him we needed to check her blood sugar to keep her healthy. He watched me test her blood several more times and each time he would ask how sweet she was. A few hours passed and he ran up to me and said Lily isn't being very nice so she must have run out of sweet blood.
9 January 2003
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