Day three of Blogfest as proven to be my biggest challenge. Today I have been asked to discuss the funny things that have gone wrong since Diabetes moved into our house. I will admit to having heard some great stories over the years from other families. There is the father who tested the dog during the night rather than his son. There is the mother, so exhausted that she bought a “serious” alarm clock. The alarm, its blinking lights and siren, woke the neighbourhood and brought the police to her door out of concern, but this exhausted family slept through the clock’s screams.
We are by no means perfect. I have stumbled into my son’s room at night and almost tested his brother or any other young person who happened to be sleeping in his room at the time. I have inserted an infusion set repeatedly unable to understand why it would not stick…until he told me that I had not taken off the backing from the site. We have found test strips in plants, washers, the fridge and more. Our shower was covered with dead infusion sets for years.
We have the story of my mother trying to test my child at 3am for the first time. She had sweat pouring off of her as she tried to lance his finger without disturbing him. After a half an hour, he woke up, grabbed the lancing device and dealt with things himself. He never let her touch him with anything sharp again. He even did his own site changes for the first time in his life rather than letting her stab at him.
We have enjoyed asking in a rather loud voice, ARE YOU HIGH? When out in public and seeing the horrified looks of people passing us by.
We have made fun of Diabetes. We have created Diabetes songs to help with site rotations but to come up with a best of blooper…well we are still waiting for that one that truly sticks out. In the meantime we will continue to enjoy the fabulous tales of others until our turn arrives.