Humorous Tidbits from 2011
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.
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.
When my 5-year-old daughter, Danielle, was diagnosed with diabetes we explained it to her and her 3-year-old brother, Ben, that her blood sugar could be high, low or in the middle and we were trying to keep her in the middle by giving her insulin shots. A few weeks later we took both of them to get their flu shots and Ben started screaming as loud as he could to anyone who would listen, "I am in the middle! I am in the middle!"
I was sending my son a text this morning – he has a stomach bug and low ketones – and my note was "remember, fluids and insulin will make the ketones go away." It autocorrected to "fluids and insulin will make the kittens go away."
My 11 year old daughter sent me a text from school, "Left bludgeon kit at home." I thought, probably a good thing. I think she meant to send, "Left my blood kit at home."
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