My son got off of the plane, stumbled towards me and yawned. He had to be up at 6am and for a teen who likes to sleep until noon, this was just way too early!
After our initial chatter he turned to me and said “You will be happy to know that I now wake up from my lows.”
“You mean you woke up more than once?”
“Yeah, I wake up feeling starved. I hate it. It messes with my sleep.”
“Waking up is a good thing. The alternative is not waking up!”
“I know but it wrecks my sleep. I would rather have uninterrupted sleep.”
“That is not an option. Waking up is a great thing. I hope you continue it!”
“Sleep is a good thing. I would really rather just keep sleeping. That would be great.”
I shook my head and attempted to explain that an eternal sleep was not an ideal. My son grumbled some more. He is not nearly as enthused as his mother is. He understands my relief but yet another glitch in his life thanks to Diabetes is not at all welcome.
Oh well! Hopefully we are onto something that lasts!
Out of nowhere my son turned to me and said, “You know Mom, if I had to explain to someone what it felt like to be high or low all I would have to do is tell them to watch Suzie and Sweedums eat breakfast. Suzie is what its like to be low and Sweedums is what its like to be high.”
I stopped and looked at him. I was amazed. It was a great analogy!
Besides being black versus white, our dogs are extremely different when it comes to food–especially first thing in the morning. Suzie cannot get enough food into her fast enough. To watch her eat, you would swear that she had not been fed in weeks. She swallows a mouth full of food as fast as she can. Before you turn around, her entire bowl is gone and she is looking for more.
Sweedums is completely different. She looks at her food. She sniffs her food. She takes one morsel and chews. She repeats the entire process from sniff to chew for each piece of food in her dish–one piece at a time. You have time to make breakfast, eat breakfast and clean up before she is finished her small bowl of food.
Now if we could just publish pictures of the dogs everywhere for young children with diabetes. “Timmy do you feel like Suzie or Sweedums today?” What a great way to learn…okay only in our strange little piece of the world but I still really love and appreciate the analogy!