It is National Diabetes Day and I’m feeling a little torn….
We are wearing blue, we are posting pictures on social media, and we are planning get togethers with friends and families also living with Type 1, celebrating with ice cream, on my daughter’s request.
Why are we CELEBRATING a disease?
I am celebrating the Diabetes COMMUNITY, the CONNECTION, and the AWARENESS we are making on this day.
The FRIENDS I have made, the FRIENDS my daughter has made. This thing certainly would have been a lot harder to tackle was it not for all of them.
I am also secretly CELEBRATING a CURE! Though there is none [yet] we are closer to a CURE today than we were last year!
So HAPPY DIABETES DAY, Everybody!
After reading the poem EYES by Lisa Maldonado and watching her reading her poem, I was first of all surprised at the differences in the tones of her reading than what I was anticipating. She read the poem as a very sad and angry poem. Which I guess it was kind of sad. Her poem is about how she notices all the kids have their eyes glued to their screens when she is out traveling.
My daughter showed me this picture a month or so ago, and Lisa Maldonado’s poem EYES, made me remember it. It is so true in today’s society, we often see people walking with their eyes clued to their personal screens. Even as friends and families are “spending time together” they are ALL ON INDIVIDUAL DEVICES.
Personally, I am guilty for sure at staring at my phone too much. BUT I am trying to correct it. We have incorporated no cell phones during meals together as a family. I am known to take away the kids devices when visiting, as the kids some times all just sit and glair at their own devices instead of actually communicating and spending time TOGETHER.
Our lives changed forever….
This is the date our daughter Sol-Marie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She was 11 years old.
She is such a brave girl! After just two weeks, she wanted to give the insulin shots herself.
- She pricks her finger to check her blood glucose 5-10 times a day.
- She needs insulin shots 4-7 times a day to survive (for every time she eat carbohydrates or has high blood sugar for other reasons, such as being sick, stress, excitements, hormones, exercise, the list goes on….).
- She had gadgets attached to her 24-7 to help her somewhat with the diabetes management. We all actually consider ourselves lucky for these gadgets, but is she really?
We watch over her… We have not slept a whole night through yet. We are up every 2am doing blood checks…. But sleep is overrated, right? I think one day in the future I will stay in a hotel and just sleep ALL DAY while she is in school!
She can still do everything she wants to do.
I guess we are lucky after all….