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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lost and Found

"M-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m! I need you!"

Whenever I hear Jack calling for me, using the long, drawn-out version of "mom," I know he's lost something. 

Some kids lose their homework. Others lose their library books, lunch boxes or baseball gloves. When I was a kid, I used to lose my orthodontic retainer, and I remember my mother dumpster diving at McDonald's and other restaurants on more than one occasion. Sorry, mom!

My kid, he loses his Dexcom CGM receiver. When I say "loses," I mean misplaces. Dex goes missing more than any other item in our house. 

Jack will take out Dex after it beeps or just to check it, and then he'll put it down. He won't return Dex to his pocket or belt. 

I find Dex all over the house: on the kitchen table, on the bathroom counter, stuck between couch cushions, on the playroom floor buried under a pile of Legos and in the pantry next where he was looking for a snack among other places. Sometimes,  I even find Dex in the car in the cup holder next to Jack's seat or in the back yard on the patio table. The worst was when I found the dog using it as a chew toy.   

We've been working with Jack, trying to get him to be more mindful. He's a bright kid, who's super responsible when it comes to his diabetes. Nonetheless, for some reason, he is forgetful with Dex.

And, like his father, he can never find anything on his own. Never! Love my men, but oy, they can not see things that are right in front of them! 

So I've been thinking. Dex needs one of those "finder" buttons. It needs a home base on which I can push a button to make the receiver beep continuously, so I can find it easier. Or it needs a built-in tether, so it's always attached to Jack. An optional tether, that is, so it can be unhooked when necessary. Better yet, it needs GPS!

          Dear Dexcom,

          Next time you upgrade your continuous glucose monitoring system, would
          you please be so kind as to include an internal GPS finder system on the
          receiver for easy recovery?

          Thank you for your consideration.

          Sincerely,
          Forgetful's mom




10 comments:

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

I want a clapper to find it.

This really isn't asking for too much. I ditto the Dear DexCom letter.

Joanne said...

LOVE this idea? Remember the device that would help you find your lost keys (by clapping or whistling?) Maybe something like that!

Heidi / D-Tales said...

Lo and Jo, you both made me laugh. I thought of the Clapper when writing this post!!! But didn't that just turn on lights? Maybe I'm wrong. Regardless, can you imagine being able to do something simple, like clap your hands or whistle, to find the receiver?! :)

Tracy1918 said...

Thank you for your sweet encouraging comment. : )

And I love the GPS idea. Brilliant!

Jules said...

what is that with the male species.... they can be 2 paces from something and not see it.

Reyna said...

Ah..YOU.ARE.BRILLIANT. A GPS or honing device or something. Joe keeps his in his pack...so I don't have to worry about it too much. But, once in awhile, Dexter goes rogue fo' sho'.

Laura @ Houston We Have A Problem! said...

SO true - we are always losing it too. Totally need a clapper or GPS.

Stephanie said...

YES!!! We so need this. Adam's will fall out of his pocket, and then I'm tearing apart the house looking for it. It's usually in between the couch cushions or in the backseat of the car. :)

Sarah said...

sadly we need GPS for almost everything around our house...ugh my guys refuse to move anything to see what is behind it. Lucky for us we use the MM CGM and it's always attached :)

Kris said...

Yes! I love that idea. While Bee doesn't normally leave it lying around anywhere, it does fall behind her bed at night (I set it up there at night next to the baby monitor) and I can never find it back there without tearing the bed apart. So I am loving your idea!