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I’ve Been Had

I've been had


The Grown Son had an order ready at the pharmacy.

He begged me to go and pick it up.

He needs his diabetes supplies right away.

So I went.

However, I hit traffic.

There was a 20-minute stop for road work.

I was tempted to turn around and go home.

But he can’t wait for his insulin.

Eventually I made it to the pharmacy.

I hit the same 20-minute stop at the same intersection on the way home.

And then I got caught in train traffic.

For two trains.

When I told this to the Grown Son, he burst out laughing.

Apparently he knew about the road work.

That’s why he asked me to go on the pharmacy run.

I’ve been had.

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April Fools

April Fools

April Fools!

There’s nothing like a 4:00 am hypo on April Fools’ Day.

I got up with the Grown Son and helped him raise his numbers.

He went back to bed.

I can never sleep after one of those middle-of-the-night scares.

I put up some coffee and began to unpeel his fruit stickers from all over the kitchen.

There’s nothing like a disturbing diabetes episode to put the fruit sticker flinging into perspective.

I guess I’m going to need a new Inciting Incident.

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Type One Diabetes

type one diabetes


Both of the Grown Sons have type one diabetes.
They are at high risk for coronavirus.
Of course I am worried.
One of them has come home to endure his social isolation with us.
He’s been working remotely.
Cabin fever has set in because he hasn’t left his apartment in ages.
It looks like he’s going to stay with us for awhile.
He brought some food from his place.
This makes me very happy.
Not that we need the supplies.
But it shows me that he shops.
And keeps fresh food in his apartment.
If only he had brought some toilet paper.

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I Am Worried About Coronavirus

I am worried about Coronavirus


I am worried about coronavirus.

Both of the Grown Sons have type one diabetes.

With a compromised immune system, they are at high risk.

I discussed precautionary flu measures with them.

They both assured me that they have been methodically licking all public surfaces.

Yep, I’ve raised a couple of smarta$$es.

Oddly, that gives me a great measure of comfort.

They’re going to be OK.

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Time Suck

time suck


The thing they never tell you about diabetes is what a time suck it is.

The day is half done, and I haven’t gotten a darn thing accomplished.

You not only have to manage the medical end of it, you also have to manage the business end of it.

And lucky me – I’ve got twice the fun with two diabetic kids.

You can’t opt out.

You can’t end the call.

You can’t take your business elsewhere.

Well you can, but only with prior insurance authorization.

And good luck with that.

It’s going to be one of those days.

I think I’m going to need a burrito to get me through this.

How many carbs is that?

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Peace at Last

Peace at Last


Yeah, it’s true.

The week between Christmas and New Years is an existential void.

What time is it?

What day is it?

When was the last time I changed out of my pajamas?

But you don’t really experience a true existential void unless you have a diabetic in the family.

Or even two diabetics.

Who are both running post-holiday high blood sugars.

And are very cranky.

I solved this problem by telling them that it’s time to clean house.

They both disappeared.

One of them locked himself in one bedroom to watch the Simpsons marathon.

The other one locked himself in another bedroom to watch Bowl games.

Peace at last…

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Insulin Pump Technology

insulin pump technology


The newest insulin pump technology is amazing.

And frustrating.

And a little scary.

And very expensive.

But mostly amazing.

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Yes He Can Eat That

yes he can eat that


Unless it contains arsenic,

or salmonella,

or E. coli,

yes, he can eat that.

To all of my fellow Type 1 Diabetes parents, let’s play a game this holiday season.

Every time someone asks, “Can he eat that?” we take a shot.

Oops, I already lost.

Yes, he can eat that.

I’ve got my eye on him.

He knows what he’s doing.

He’s a rock star.

Let him enjoy his holiday.

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Diabetes Awareness Month

diabetes awareness month


November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

Both of my sons have type one diabetes.

I don’t need a special month to become aware.

I’m painfully aware of diabetes every single day of my life.

I vowed, on that first day, even though I was terrified, that we would simply make the adjustments and carry on.

And we have.

It hasn’t been easy.

Some days have been awful.

Diabetes is like that.

On the bad days, we make the adjustments and carry on.

Because f**k you, diabetes.

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My Favorite Meal of the Week

my favorite meal of the week


Sunday morning breakfast.

My favorite meal of the week.

When the kids were first diagnosed with diabetes,

Sunday mornings were kind of a shock.

No more waffles.

No more bananas foster.

No more cinnamon rolls.

No more coffee cake.

We’ve made the adjustment, though.

Now its bacon and eggs.

Or omelets.

Or breakfast burritos.

It’s all good.

It’s our new normal.

And it’s still my favorite meal of the week.