Monday, December 26, 2011

The Wounded Soldier...

Note: Usually I have plastic skate guards rink-side and sugar in my pocket ... and the glucometer right inside the garage door on the mudroom shelves. I have become a bit 'lax.

A few curses were smattering my thought feed as I was crawling through our mudroom and into our kitchen. I must have looked ridiculous and I was second guessing the amount of tri-tip and spicey pasta that I had consumed for supper. Hockey helmet and skates were donned. I was desperately trying to keep my blades from touching the slate and wood flooring. I was trying to protect my blade edges.

I was berating myself a bit. You would think I would always be prepared by now. It has been over five years since Joe's diagnosis. Five years of thinking and planning and anticipating lows. Five years of sugar stashing. Five years of being on a constant, slightly nagging state of alert. Five years of bullshit that is my shit because I am my son's pancreas. So, you would think I would have my "Joe~Skating~On~The~Backyard~Rink~While~I~Am~Skating~On~The~Backyard~Rink~Blood~Glucose~Chcking~System" initiated for the 2011/2012 skating season. Welp, I didn't. Hence the "double amputee...wounded soldier" crawl through my home, while helmeted accessorized by a cage nonetheless.

Blindly, my hands ferreted the kitchen island. Yep, there it was. The glucometer. I inched my way, on my belly, back through our home ... out the garage door ... and out to the rink. Joe skated over. The glucometer was readied. 5~4~3~2~1. A 247 was obtained.

"Your good to go Buddy ... not low ... let's get on with some one-on-one!"

A day-in-the-life of the behind the scenes in pancreating for my son Joe.

13 comments:

Penny said...

There you are! You have been SO missed Reyna!
Ahhh, back to the day in the life pancreating challenges! Hope your Christmas was great!
I have SO missed you!!!!!

Cindy said...

I agree with Penny....you have been tremendously missed, Reyna! As for not being ready....would you believe that after nearly 25 years of diabetes, I'm still not always prepared? There are times when I forget to restock the gym bag or the diaper bag and we discover we don't have any test strips or sugar-source while we're out. You can't always be perfect, but you're perfect just the way you are! Love you so much, Reyna, and I'm so happy to see you back at blogging!

Meagan said...

Hooray for a new Beta Buddies blog post....love your blog and MISSED you guys terribly!

Your post says it all...you do what you have to do to keep the pancreas-less going. You are a super D-Mom!!! :)

Tracy1918 said...

I've missed you, Reyna!

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

I've missed you too, Reyna!

Did Joe kick your butt?LOL

sfincham said...

It does seem mindless when we don't have the "supplies" handy ALL THE TIME!!! D is soooo pesky...but as I visualize you crawling through the house, I am VERY humored! And really, you're always prepared! It's just the grace in which we will respond to a need will be different depending on WHERE the supplies are! It could be ugly or really pretty! Ha! I love you and I am glad to see a post! (maybe I'll get one pooped out now that you did!) xxoo

Kelly said...

You have been missed for sure! The behind the scenes posts are the best. xoxo

Misty said...

I agree with everyone else..You have been missed!!Glad you posted..You and your blog have been a great help and inspirtation in our journey with type 1. Isaac will have been diagnosed a year tomorrow..

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

Ah, the moments of pancreatic patheticness that bring us to our knees.. literally! ;)
It's a present, indeed, to be able to read a Beta Buddies post. I have though about you and the EJ clan often during your hiatus.
HUGS!!

Jess said...

so good to hear from you! i think of you guys often.

hope you had a great holiday! :)

Sarah said...

Great to hear a story from you from the trenches :) Hope the holidays are treating you well! Enjoy!

Misty said...

Ahh Reyna!!!! You don't even know how much your blog posts mean to me. So so good to hear from you.

And thank you for the laugh. I'm sorry, but that image of you belly crawling through your house is going to be replaying through my head over and over again. You are a rock star pancreating Mama!!!

Roselady said...

I had a feeling you would show up after Christmas!
And, I would do the same thing to protect my floor.