{Our Story} Miss Independent

by Leighann on October 26, 2011

I pulled into the school parking lot on a Friday afternoon. I was a few minutes early as I usually am and pulled out my phone to write a quick e-mail to a coworker before I forgot.

Lauren's Hope BraceletMy phone rang and the caller ID said it was the school. Odd for them to be calling with only 10 minutes to go.

When I answered, Q’s voice replied, “Hi Mommy. My pump went ‘beep beep, beep beep’ and I am calling to tell you that.”

I told her that her pod was due to expire that afternoon so that’s what it probably was. I told her that I was right outside and I could meet her in the office to look at it. She said no, that she’d like to meet me on the playground (like we do each afternoon). I instructed her to pull out the PDM and press and hold the home button.

After juggling the phone in one hand and her backpack in the other, she recited, “Pod expires at 3:45 pm today.” Just as I’d thought.

I told her I’d see her in a little while.

She played for about 20 minutes and then we walked to the car to go home. As we got in she told me that she called me all by herself, she didn’t have the secretary call. She said that she looked on her bracelet because she knew my phone number was on it and she entered the numbers.

When did she get so grown up?

We’ve been discussing lately how I am happy to do diabetes-related tasks for her. She wants more and more responsibility, but I on the other hand am trying to shoulder as much of the burden as I can.


As we pulled into our driveway she told me that she felt a little low, but that she could still get the mail (that’s her job). As I pulled out the PDM to test her blood sugar her hands were shaking more than I think I had seen them shake before.

I asked what number she felt like she was. First she said 1, which I said was probably impossible, and then she said 30. I told her my guess was 60.

When we looked at the meter together she said “Good guess, mom!” She was 61.

A few glucose tabs later and she was ready to get on with her afternoon.

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1 shannon October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

it’s so amazing to see them take these steps of independence on their own. i love that she gave you such encouragement after you guessed nearly correctly! 🙂


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