Monday, February 8, 2010

I DO NOT LIKE WHEN JOE IS LOW

(from Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. SEUSS)

That Joe is Low, That Joe is Low...
I do not like when Joe is LOW...

Do you like it when he is HIGH?
NO! Not when he his HIGH, NOT when he is LOW...

Do YOU like it when he GROWS?
NO,
not when he grows, because then he is HIGH, so HIGH you see...NOT when he is HIGH, NOT when he is LOW...I do not like it when JOE is LOW.

Would you like him to play HOCKEY?


Yes, but not HIGH, not LOW...I do not like when Joe is LOW...

Would you like him to be carb-Free?


...OH YES...carb-free and in a Velcro suit you SEE...carb-free and Velcro suit attire would be so very very EASY for ME...ahhh...

Sorry...couldn't help myself...I was running today and this just came to me...I cannot even imagine what I could come up with on a long run...I only go for 3 miles or so.

I have made this statement so many times over the years..."If I just didn't feed Joe carbs and then made him a little Velcro suit" and then fashion a wall with the Velcro backing I could just stick him up on the wall...and then he couldn't expend so much energy and blow through so much sugar.

It must seem odd to people to see a mom of a type 1 child constantly feeding her child Starbursts and Glucose tablets (at the pool, at the rink, at the park, on the sidewalk). Many people think children with diabetes cannot eat sugar...really it is all a big BALANCING ACT. Children with type 1 need healthy carbs (just like any other child) to grow and for energy...they need the insulin so that their bodies can actually convert the carbs they eat into energy...Unfortunately, there is NO SET dose of insulin you can just take once or twice a day and then forget about it. You must always count the carbs in all foods consumed and then calculate the appropriate amount of insulin to give...AND you need to always take into account activity levels into the dosing...if you don't then you run the risk of being "LOW". A low blood sugar reaction is always a possibility with an insulin dependent diabetic. Lows are always in the back of a type 1 parent's mind...we are always trying to avoid them, because they threaten our child's well-being and ultimately their life if not treated.

Balancing carbohydrates AND insulin AND activity in a young active boy has been one of our many challenges. Joe plays hard...and he is all boy (well except for yesterday, I did see him twirling on his skates wearing full hockey gear )...anyways...I am always checking-in with him when he is eating. What are you doing next? Are you going skating? Are you going to ride your bike? Are you going to ride your scooter? ...and so on...even to the point of are you going to dance to Alvin and the Chipmunks in your room? If his answer is yes to any of the above, then I usually have him give himself a smaller dose of insulin. This should help stave off the dreaded lows...then we check his number frequently during excessive activity...and boost him up with extra sugar (Starbursts/Glucose tablets/milk/crackers etc.) if his blood sugar warrants. So when you see me chasing him at the pool, skating after him at the rink, running after him down the sidewalk, or careening down the sled hill after him...you probably have an idea what I am up to...because...I DO NOT LIKE WHEN JOE IS LOW....

4 comments:

Nicole said...

very, very creative, you made me laugh! I loved it :)

I was just talking to Chris about when Cara was dx and they told us that everything was going to be fine, you just need to find a balance. It is all about the balance....YA right, then there is the guessing games, the unexplained, the forgetting parent, the math, the numbers, the mistakes, the outbursts, the crying oh and did I forgot to tell you that you need to function in society as well. Great balancing act....good thing they did not tell us everything we needed to know!!

Meri said...

You totally made me laugh!

Balancing...it's the story of our lives. Problem is we are asked to balance a million things at a time to make thinks work. :(

Where do you think i can get my hands on enough velcro for 3 boys?

Reyna said...

@ Meri, I cannot even imagine needing 3 Velcro Suits - UGH.

BALANCE...I guess it is good for all of us no matter what our life story. Thanks guys for reading. xoxo

Nikki said...

That was gooooddd. I loved it.
I am a spectator in your world-but from the outside looking in you are magnificent. Joe couldnt be in better hands. I love you all dearly.