About a month ago I wrote a post entitled "One disease to rule them all" where I talked about how Diabetes affects all facets of your life.
In keeping with this Lord of the Ring theme, I was thinking about a scene from the first movie of the trilogy.
The Fellowship (Frodo et al) is travelling through the Mines of Moria when they are attacked by some orcs. As they are trying to escape, a great booming echos through the chamber, causing the orcs to scatter. Only Gandalf realizes the great terror that is about to confront the Fellowship, and orders everyone to run.
Gandalf then turns to face the Balrog (think big, scary, fiery demon), and in one of my favourite scenes in the movie, Gandalf slams his staff into the ground and commands the Balrog, "You shall not pass!"
(Have I totally geeked out on you yet?)
Don't you wish that this would work with diabetes? How awesome would it be go all Gandalf on it's ass when diabetes is threatening to ruin a fun time for your child?
Like when we're at a birthday party, there's cake and Elise's BG is 350.
Or she wakes up on the morning of a special day at pre-school, and she has ketones of 2.1 from a stubborn high overnight BG.
Or she can't join her skating lesson because her BG is low and will not come up as she watches the kids skate and cries because she wants to be out there too.
On days like those I envision diabetes like the balrog; all ugly and mean. Getting in our way and stopping us from living our life. I would love to slam Elise's lancet into the ground and yell, "diabetes, you shall not pass". I wish I had some wizardly power to stop diabetes and throw it into the bottomless pit in which it belongs.
Alas, I am no wizard. And although I lack the magical powers to figuratively kick diabetes in the groin, I will not let it defeat me.
I will remember that the 400 glaring at me from the meter is just one number in a very long line of numbers.
That there will always be more cake.
That diabetes has the power to ruin one day, but not every day.
My daughter is bigger than diabetes and better than diabetes. And so am I.
16 hours ago