This Week’s Bag: Juiceboxes and Baby Wipes

February 22, 2012By 0 Comments

What does it feel like to be Super-Auntie with diabetes?  After my amazing 3 year-old nephew had his first sleepover at Auntie and Uncle’s this week, I knew that I had to be overly cautious of my blood sugars.  I didn’t want to have a low, or a bad low for that matter, knowing my sister was trusting me with this tiny human being.  I had my CGM on, and whether it was accurate or not for the 24-hours or so that I had to be Super-Auntie, I would at least know if I was going down or up.

My nephew Cameron is extremely bright.  I have taught him since he could say “Auntie Genie” when he was just a year old, that my pump was not a toy and instead that it was “Aunties’ medicine”.   When I was coming off a pump-vacation last Spring he came up to me and pointed at my pump and said very thoughtfully, “Huh, you have that back on Genie?”.

So when my husband James and I picked him up the other day for his very first sleepover at our house I knew I would be in for lot’s of questions and an adventure.  Here are some funny things a 3 year-old says about diabetes:

Cam, pointing at my CGM transmitter on my leg; “Auntie what does that button open?”  As he forcefully pushes on my transmitter and I say, “Ouch Cam, that hurts Auntie”.  He laughs and runs away.

In an effort to try to wind down his excitement of being in a big house that he has been exploring all afternoon and get him to go to sleep, I read yet another book, and god forbid I miss a page as he knows them all by heart and will not miss an opportunity to call me out on it.   Slowly, his heavy eyes start to shut.  I start to feel like I’m dropping, and so I peak at my pump that is under a pile of his blankies and I put on my backlight to see the number on my sensor graph.  Cam’s eyes pop open, “Auntie Genie, your medicine has a flashlight!”.  He’s interested for a total of 10 seconds then luckily he shuts his eyes again.  For the next 2 hours I painstakingly  try to sneak out of bed once, twice, and three more times to get myself juice to treat a low and to go to the bathroom.  If he wakes up and finds me gone it’s all over!

Anytime I go to grab a juicebox while he is with me, I know that I need to leave just a few sips at the end to share with him, as he doesn’t yet understand why I would need to drink the entire thing without leaving him any or why he can’t have his own.  The juice I drink is too high in sugar for him so I try not to let him drink an entire juicebox.  I on the other hand ending up eating things that I normally don’t eat, things like macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches all in one day, because I found myself gobbling up his scraps.   All in all, the extra carbs weren’t too bad since he ran me ramped all over the yard and the house for hours on end.

It was a very special treat, to have him with my husband and I for an entire day and night.  It was good practice for us as well, since starting a family is in our very near future.  I give so much credit to any mom with diabetes, as I can see how it can be so easy to forget about yourself and what you need to keep your diabetes in check when you are more concerned about caring for a child.  But there are thousands of mom’s with diabetes that do it every day, I guess you just figure it out!  I am sure I will be blogging more about those adventures when my time comes!

 

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