In the course of the last month, I have had more diabetes “fails” than I have over the rest of the year! Some of these are just funny. Some of them still hurt my heart a little bit. All of them are hard to relate to, unless you get
it -- you really “get it” -- because you’ve been there too. Allow me to share our family’s series of unfortunate events!
The funniest “fail” was just last Sunday at church. My husband has to be there early as part of the lay ministry; and it’s on me to get our 3.5 kids (have I mentioned I’m pregnant?) ready for church. This particular day, I was running three minutes behind schedule -- which was just enough time so that when we walked in the door of the church, ALL the attention of the congregation was suddenly laser-focused on us! Then Ben decided to be really loud and obnoxious. Back to the foyer I went, leaving James and Luke with my parents.
Until I heard THAT sound. The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) was alerting me that James’ blood sugar was low -- of course! So I had to trudge back in front of the congregation for the second time in a matter of seconds, wailing kid in tow, and instruct James to test and take care of his low. Oops! Sometimes the heavens align in such a way that everything falls apart at the same time. And then you HAVE to just laugh, otherwise you’ll cry!
Next, there was the super-disappointing amusement park trip that didn’t happen. Craig took the day off of work. The kids had no school, and we made the mistake of telling them that we were going to a super-fun amusement park the next day. (We rarely tell them about day-trips in advance, because in a big family and dealing with diabetes, a million different things can go wrong that could derail a trip. Better not to deal with shattered expectations.)
The kids were SO excited. Until…we woke up and found that James’ CGM sensor failed during the night, and I hadn’t heard the alarm. When I tested his blood sugar it was very high. Like, it was no longer a question of schlepping down to the amusement park -- it was more a question of whether or not to head in to the ER. And so, with that we scrapped our amusement park plans and had to first attend to James and his diabetes needs, and then come up with a plan B.
Thankfully, after several hours of checking and adjusting, James was back in range. We changed our plans and went to another, much closer amusement park. It was still fun, and I thought it was a win. We rescheduled the big park trip for later in the month, on a Saturday. While it was more crowded than if we had attended as scheduled, the kids had a blast and no weird blood sugar surprises came up. I count that one an ultimate WIN.
In fact, that wasn’t even close to the toughest of our “fails” this past month … Stay tuned for part two of this story, posting Jan 3.
About the author: My name is Jennifer, and I live in Southern California with my husband, Craig, and our three boys. Our oldest son, James, has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I’m thankful for this opportunity -- along with my sister-in-law, Kim, and her daughter, Kaitlyn, who also has type 1 diabetes -- to share our struggles and triumphs with our friends in the diabetes community.
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