Monday - I Can
In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could? Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?
Positive side? If you had asked me about 7 years ago if there was a positive side to diabetes I would have laughed in your face. Then maybe kicked you in the groin for being so insulting.
Heck, even 4 or 5 years ago it was still a battle.
But these days my baby with type 1 is not a baby anymore. Not even a toddler. And with her growing up, we have "grown into" (for lack of a better word) her diabetes. Is it still hard? Some days, yes. So. Very. Yes.
But it is better. Or maybe we're better. The technology is definitely better. And when you put all these things together, we are doing things that I never thought possible back on September 6, 2008.
We travelled... first a short hop to Kansas City, but soon after to Canada. Portugal. San Francisco. Orlando x 2.
We added to our family. Two more times.
She went to preschool, where nobody had any experience with type 1. And rocked it.
She's done skating lessons, swimming lessons, dance, soccer, gymnastics, and hockey.
Then came elementary school, and riding the school bus. Class parties and field trips. With the help of Nightscout and an awesome school nurse, we totally conquered Field Day this year:
These days when I think back to that scared Mom, sitting in a dreary hospital room clutching her baby tight in her arms, I can close my eyes and remember exactly what was running through her mind; "Can I do this? I don't think I can."
Almost 7 years later, the answer is: Absolutely, I Can.
And so can this girl.