I picked Eden up from school today and it was instant “grumpy” ..
she got in – glanced down and saw the lab paperwork in the center console and knew we were headed to get blood work.
“oh, great, blood work – really?!” ..
yup – sorry kid..
I asked her to check her blood sugar – the usual first thing she does as soon as she gets home from school
her response – “oh yeah – my site came out” as she shows me the end of the tubing that SHOULD be attached to her body and infusing the insulin she needs to SURVIVE..
huh, well that explains why her blood sugar would be in the 400’s ?!
I keep driving until there is a safe place to pull over and get a new infusion set out of her D bag – the kit she carries with her everywhere – and now not only is she going to get blood work, but I am having to jab her with a giant needle on the side of the road..
grumpy silence the entire drive to the lab ..
Once there, I WANTED to take pictures (just of her arm mind you) for the benefit of Diabetes Awareness Month, but in her current mood she was having absolutely nothing of it..
Blood work completed – USUALLY afterwards she gets a “treat” … maybe a Starbucks or ice cream or something small – just because getting blood work every few months is not something she enjoys but will be a part of her life forever.. in the early years it was probably a bribe and the tradition stuck.
BUT – given the fact that her blood sugar WAS NOT coming down – and the anxiety from the blood draw had actually sent it UP higher there was no possibility of a treat.. 😕
As a Type 1 Diabetic SHE CAN eat anything and everything…
the difference is whether or not it is a good idea.
At this point in time – I had to say NO.. it was much more important to get her blood sugar back in range first.
so now Eden had endured –
- a new site inserted on the side of the road
- bloodwork – 4 vials of blood drawn and a tech who “clicked the thing” as she said – and hurt her
- me saying NO to the treat that she usually gets afterwards
- and being STARVING and not able to eat until her blood sugar comes down a little bit.
Another example of the stuff people don’t see or realize goes on behind the scenes .. every.single.day.
and aside from being grumpy and me getting the silent treatment for an hour or so- SHE DID NOT COMPLAIN
A few hours later – her blood sugar is improving and she asked me to make her some bacon..
how could I refuse… ??
BACON TO THE RESCUE ..
Bacon requires no insulin, does not cause an immediate spike in blood sugar and is the stand in “treat” for today – at least it brought a smile to her face
just another Monday living with Type 1 Diabetes…