We recently hit the milestone of what I called Q’s “half life.” She has officially lived most of her life, over half her life, with diabetes. It wasn’t a day that I marked or told her about because it wasn’t necessarily a happy occasion.
This past week we did have something to celebrate: Q’s fourth d-anniversary.
Why do we celebrate this occasion? I always say it’s another year of living, and living well, with diabetes.
As we drove to school one morning last week, I told her that I was going to be flying across the country that day to learn about a new blood glucose meter. I said that I make these trips so that I can learn as much as I can about diabetes care. She said she is glad that I know so much about diabetes because otherwise she would be dead.
Of course that comment was a little morbid, but I told her that her daddy and I learned as much as we could in the hospital and that I would keep learning as much as I can so that we can do the best we can for her and her diabetes.
In the past year she has done so many things including the usual swim lessons, dance classes, and ice skating. But she also spent two weeks at day camp without a nurse. She has started giving herself insulin with her pump and is excited when I talk her through the steps. She has been using a CGM, and even though she hates the insertion, she sees how it gives her more freedom including a few solo play dates and parties.
In the next year she is going to have a few firsts including going to diabetes camp and hopefully flying for the first time.
You may ask how we celebrated her d-anniversary. Of course we had cupcakes (I bolused for 30 carbs) after dinner. We even sang “Happy diabetes anniversary to you” and she blew out four candles. Q suggested that we go around the table and tell what our diabetes wish is. Diabetes or not, I know that this girl’s wishes and dreams can come true!
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