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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Diabetes Meme

It's now my turn with the meme, thanks to my dear friend Tracy at The Super Hero & The Princess.

This meme has some serious history. Tracy was tagged by Candy Hearts...who was tagged by Our Diabetic Life...who was tagged by Houston, We Have a Problem…who was tagged by My Diabetic Child…who was tagged by I am Your Pancreas…who was tagged by Beta Buddies…who was tagged by A Sweet Grace...who accepted the meme challenge from Six Until Me.
What type of diabetes do you have:

Type 1...well, I don't have it. My seven-year-old son Jack does.
When were you diagnosed:

He was diagnosed on October 8, 2007 at age four.

What's your current blood sugar:

119 , which pleases me, because he's been running low since he came home from school today.
What kind of meter do you use:

We're a Freestyle family. We have the Freestyle Flash, the Freestyle Freedom and the Freestyle Lite. We use them all. We like how little blood the Freestyle strips require, and they rarely give error messages.
We also have a couple of One Touch minis, which Jack prefers, because of their cool colors and because he can see the strips sucking up his blood. But we only use our One Touch meters, when we get free strips. My Uncle Bernie has type 2, and every now and then, his awesome wife, my Aunt Phyllis, sends us his surplus strips, which we really appreciate.
How many times per day do you check your blood sugar:

Most days, we test 8 - 10 times. If he's running low or high, we'll test more.

What is a "HIGH" number for you:

200 and above

What do you consider "LOW":

Anything under 80. At night, we like him to be over 100.
What is your favorite low blood sugar reaction treater:

Jack likes variety. So, we have a whole stash of stuff to treat lows: juice, glucose tabs, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups and gummy worms. He will eat gummy worms in his sleep without waking up.
Describe your dream endo:

Ours is top-notch. He's super smart and boasts 30 years of experience. He listens to our concerns, never rushes us through appointments and always talks to Jack on a level that Jack can understand. He never judges us. He also returns email messages faster than you can say "endocrinologist," even when he's on vacation. We've unknowingly emailed him when he was on vacation, and he's responded lickety-split from far-away places, like Italy and France. His office is located less than 10 minutes from our house, and we totally trust his judgment and expertise. Docs don't come much "dreamier" than our Dr. P!
Who's on your support team:

My husband Gregg is just as involved in managing Jack's diabetes as I am. He even takes the night shift every single night. He also attends every endo appointment and every parent-teacher meeting and training session at Jack's school.
Our school nurse is wonderful. She takes excellent care of Jack. Her judgment is always right on, and we are so grateful for her good care.
My mom has tackled the D monster. Shortly after Jack was diagnosed, she learned how to test his blood, administer his shots, spot and treat lows and highs, count carbs, etc. She is our #1 babysitter, and we could not get by without her.
We're very lucky in that we have met a number of local families raising children around Jack's age with T1D. We've become close friends. We lean on each other and get together often.
We also have a huge network of friends, who don't live with T1D, but who support us every year as we participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Last year, our Walk team had over 160 walkers, and we raised roughly $20,000.
And, of course, I count all of you out there in the D.O.C. among my supporters! I treasure the friendships I've made with D mamas and papas near and far!
Do you think there will be a cure in your lifetime:

I'd like to say "yes," because I have hope and I believe a cure is possible. But, honestly, I don't think it'll happen in my lifetime. Maybe it'll happen in Jack's.

What is a "cure" to you:

A pancreas that functions as it should without the need for insulin injections and pumps, blood sugar testing, carb counting, etc. It means having the body regulate blood sugar levels without intervention. It presents no complications or side effects. It provides freedom and flexibility.

The most annoying thing people say to you about your diabetes is:

"At least it's manageable."

Um, yeah, with 8 to 10 finger pokes and 4 to 6 insulin injections per day, with counting every single gram of carbohydrate that enters Jack's body, with lows that leave him exhausted and without memories of what just happened, with ketones when he's ill, with testing him over night every night, with with fears that he won't wake up in the morning, without the ability to attend sleepovers, play dates, birthday parties and after-school activities alone like the other kids his age do, with training sessions for teachers who make you feel as though they'd rather do anything than listen to you teach them how to use Glucagon and the list could go on and on, but at least it's manageable.

The most common misconception about diabetes:

That there's only one disease called diabetes and that type 1, or "juvenile" diabetes, is the kids' version.

If you could say one thing to your pancreas, what would it be:
Thanks a lot. (Note the sarcasm.)

And, now, the meme goes to:
Donna at The Sugar Kids

Take it away, Donna!


Penny said...

Thanks for playing Tag Heidi! I enjoy reading everyone's meme. I agree, the 'manageable' expression stinks.

Reyna said...

Yep..."manageable" RIGHT. I just commented on Sugar Kids about that expression - UGH.

The freestyle lite sounds like a great glucometer btw.

Tracy (The Crazy Pancreas) said...

Love this!

I too hate the "it's manageable" comments!

Laura said...

I like the sarcasm! Thanks a lot!! :)
Manageable? Huh?