Recently, our family got together for a reunion. For four days, we got to be together as a whole group. The cousins loved playing with each other, and all the adults stayed up till the wee hours of the night playing games, laughing and talking together.
One night, after the kids had been playing hard all day long (and half of them were already falling asleep), I grabbed our things and left to go back to our room to put some of the kids to bed. I got everyone settled, and about half an hour later I got a text asking if I had taken James’ meter by mistake. I looked down at the meter and sure enough, I had grabbed the wrong one!
Luckily, we were only a few rooms away from Craig and Jen and were able to make the switch quickly. However, I felt terrible that I had done this again! (No, this wasn’t the first time!) I don’t know how many times I’ve mistakenly grabbed the wrong meter, or both meters for that matter, and driven away from a family event. One time I even caused Craig and Jen to leave earlier than intended from our beach camping trip, because I had taken James’ meter with me.
It’s an easy mistake to make -- the jet black meter cases look exactly the same. It’s a dangerous mistake to make. As parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, we know how important it is to have a glucose meter at all times, so I was determined to never let this happen again! I came home from the trip and decided I would personalize Kaitlyn’s meter cases so we wouldn’t have switching difficulties in the future.
Little did I know that we would have so much fun with this project! Kaitlyn and I pulled out all the ribbons, sequins, flowers and girly stuff we could find and went to town. After we finished the first one, we decided to decorate her back-up meter cases as well.
I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Kaitlyn loves her new meters, and we will definitely not be mixing them up in the future!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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