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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

bOOOOolusiiiiiing with Meri

Today’s guest blogger is the one and only marvelous Meri from Our Diabetic Life
Meri has four sons, three of whom have type 1 diabetes, and she writes one of my favorite blogs.
Meri charms me, as she did in the post below. Meri inspires me. Meri amazes me.
Thank you for guest blogging on D-Tales, Meri!

It is summer, and you know what that means...basal tweaking time!
Nothing stays the same in the summer.  Do the boys sprout up like weeds because they spend their days in the sun?  Is the summer ice cream and pancakes for breakfast changing their metabolism?  Are the long bike rides and occasional roller coaster rides spiking their sugars with excitement?
Whatever it comes every year.  Tweak.  Tweak. Tweak.
Tweaking in itself can be rewarding...when you get results.  But when you have to do it X3, and one or two DO NOT respond..well then your reward is going to bed with a banging headache every night.
My 9-year-old was low for the first time in two months yesterday.  I guess we are finally getting somewhere!
But I digress...
Determined to get things right, I decided to change my 7-year-old’s basals last week.
"Can you hand me your pump...I need to change your basals."
"WHAT???  I have basals?  What the heck is basals?" 
I explained that his pump gives him insulin all day long.  We call that basal insulin.
"That is totally freaky.  You mean I've been getting insulin all this time without even knowing it?"
"Yes...your body needs it.  All the time."
"Even when I'm sitting here right now doing nothing?"
"Really, really, freaky." He says.
"And then there is another word that I use with your brothers all the time, 'Bolus.'  Every time you correct your sugar, or enter carbs into your pump...that is called a bolus."
"You mean that every time I gave myself carbs...I was giving myself a bolus without even knowing what it was?  I am totally awesome!"
I handed him back the pump and he went to the table to pour himself a bowl of cereal.
He looked at me, pump in hand, and asked how many carbs.  A quick scan and I gave him a number.
"I'm bOOOOolusiiiiiing!"  He says in the uber-cutest-uncanny-ghost-like voice.
"Why are we bolusing like a ghost?"
“Cause my pump is freaky like a works without anyone even noticing!   I think bolusing will be funner if I am a ghost too."
Why does something that makes no sense...make so much sense?
Regardless...he has been using his ghost voice all over the place around here.  
"I'm cheeeeecking my sUUUUUgaaaRRRR!"
"I'm bOOOOOOlusssssssing!"
"I am loOOOOOOOOooooW!"
"I'm watching TV and I'm getting BaaaaaAAAAAAAsaaaaLLLLL"
Leave it to a 7-year-old boy to make diabetes "funner."


sky0138 said...

AHAHA! love the spooky ghost voice! He reminds me of my 7 year old :o)

MaSnow said...

I'm sitting here LOL!

Meri said...

Thanks for having me over. :)

Have a wonderful trip dear Heidi!

Un-Apologetic Diabetic said...

I adore this post, I literally LOL'd. Kids are SOOoooo funny aren't they?!?!? I'm going to go make sure I'm following Meri's blog, thanks for sharing this!!! :)

Tracy1918 said...

This is hysterical!

Penny said...

Too cute! And why did no one think of pumps as ghosts before this??? Thanks for guest posting Meri!

Hallie said...

I am totally cracking up! "I'm awesome!" LOVE IT! and Yes, You are! :) I can see it happening in our house...

Colleen said...

Thanks for the laughs.
Hmmm, maybe I'll start with the ghost voice.
I love that he didn't know basal/bolus!

Louise B said...

Lol! Thanks for posting, very funny, made me giggle. We aren't pumping yet but will be sure to booooooluuus when we do in October;so much more fun than bolusing.

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Giggling so much!!! Love it when diabetes can be funner!! And of course a seven year old boy would be the one to make it so!!!!!

Reyna said...

Seriously, he and Joe must meet. Joe would be chiming in with him and laughing at his antics. He is so clever and cute Meri. Thank you for making me smile tonight...AND...thanks Heidi for having Meri over!

Amy said...

I LOVE that he found a way to make it "funner"! Sometimes around here we sing-- silly made-up songs about carb counts, finger pokes, etc. Whatever makes it easier!

Misty said...

I love 7 year olds! And I love your 7 year old...He is AWESOME! And that is definitely FUNNER!

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Lora said...

I love it! Justin gets so mad at me when I try to be funny. I guess he's to cool for that.

Thanks for the smile Meri :)

Amy said...

I have told this funny story three times already. I love the innocence and the imagination in this story. Of course, the writer is pretty talented with sharing how the events all happened. That is because Mmmmmmmeeeeerrrriiiii is awschum! ;)

Wendy said...

That's it. Diabetes is a ton funner now :)

lukesdday said...

What an awesome sense of humor! That made my day! :D