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The Perfect Day
Yesterday, Charlie woke up with beautiful blood sugar of 105. He ate a nice big breakfast of 70 carbs and peaked only at about 200 before a gentle descent back to 105 two hours later. He didn’t continue dropping; didn’t require juice. He just stayed at 105.
Charlie thought it would be a good idea to have a low-carb mid-morning snack, so he had a small bit of cheddar cheese and a handful of purple grapes.
Charlie’s lunch blood sugar was 100, matching the exact number flashing on his CGM screen. It’s so amazing how accurate the CGM is all the time. When he’s wearing the CGM, we never ever doubt that it is 100% accurate. This is peace of mind you can’t put a price tag on.
Luckily, the restaurant had carbohydrate information for every single item on the menu. So nice when you don’t have to guess. I’m also fortunate that Charlie wasn’t in the mood for French fries. Not having to argue or negotiate over the number of fries he could eat, made for a pleasant, stress-free afternoon. Charlie went with a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh strawberries on the side – 45 carbs according to the menu.
The waitress told Charlie that ice cream came with his lunch, but he politely said, “No thank you.”
She mentioned that her grandmother also had diabetes. “Type 2 though,” she said. “Not like your son, whose pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin at all.”
“Too many people don’t know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes,” she went on to say. “I try to set them straight whenever I can.”
Two hours after lunch, Charlie was right back to 105. What a day we were having! Although, things would certainly turn worse once Charlie realized it was site change day.
Susanne didn’t even have to call him twice. He ran right into the kitchen and dropped his pants, saying, “let’s do this!”
He didn’t shake or contort his body or scream or pound the granite with his fist.
He giggled, saying, “hey, that tickles!” and seemed disappointed when it was over.
For dessert, Charlie enjoyed jelly beans, a huge slice of cheese cake and three frosted cookies in the shape of a carrot. Two hours later, his blood sugar was 105.
We slept through the night and dreamed beautiful dreams, knowing that Charlie’s blood sugar would be stable and we woke up refreshed, wide-eyed and full of energy.
We saddled up our giant Easter bunnies and hitched a ride with a rainbow for an all-you-can-eat breakfast on the moon.
Happy April 1.
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
Nicole Purcell lists having type 1 diabetes last when she's asked to provide information about herself - because that's where it belongs. (Read More)