A quiet, drawn out plea of "Stay .. with .. me .. mom." came from Joe.
"You want me to read some of our book?"
It was last night.
His blood sugar was a bad 39. Not that there is a good 39, but the "bad" means he was really feeling the 39. His eye lids were closed. His lanky bod was twisted up in the covers, curled tight in my bed. He was motionless. At times it was difficult to tell if he was still "with me". As I read "Catching Fire" aloud to him, I would check in with a ..."Joe, you ok?" every few paragraphs.
Yesterday afternoon he had attended a three hour birthday party. The party included three hours of swimming with eight of his buddies. The swimming consisted of playing "King Of The Cheese"... basically this can be described as "King Of The Mountain"... but in the pool using an inflatable cheese as "the mountain." There was freezy pop ingestion in the hot tub where Joe reported if you wanted the freezy pop to be less freezy, you just dipped the bottom tip of it down into the warm hot tub water. Of course the party included a couple of pieces of ice cream cake and snacks. His blood sugar was steady throughout the party (80s to 130s).
On the heels of the party, we decided to have dinner out as a family. You know...stuff a normal family should be able to do. Pasta Alfredo and a sundae was ordered and consumed by Joe. Carbs were counted. Boluses were dispensed, combo and regular. Within and hour after dinner, Joe's above mentioned 39 was experienced.
Joe's original response to the 39 was regret over eating the pasta for dinner. I reassured him that it was not his fault. I explained that I over-bolused for his meal while underestimating his previous activity at the birthday party.
Here is where he got me. It is here where I felt the sting of the unfairness of this damn disease.
"I guess we just did too many special things today ma."
Too many special things? Really!? He went to a birthday party and then out to dinner. These are things that all kids should be able to do without a second thought.
A day-in-the-life of childhood and Type 1 Diabetes.