This thrillingly humpy course makes real people say “whoo-hoooo!” like people in a cartoon.

Bigfoot not say anything election except

BIGFOOT: Good morning. Barack Obama won

BUBS: He’s still the president?

BIGFOOT: Yup, and he’ll keep being president for four more years

BUBS: I think that’s when I’ll be eligible for a T-Slim

BIGFOOT: You’ll be able to get a new pump when you’re twelve but there won’t be a new president until you’re thirteen

BUBS: Wait. I was only eight when I got this pump?

Meanwhile, independence happen. Small piece woods near home. Short jaunt on foot/bike. Something change. Precipitated Jack first phone. Now Jack, Bubs short bike rides alone. Juice box, phone Jack’s pocket. Bubs not interested phone, indifferent carry juice. Bigfoot squirrel away Skittles packs Bubs’s pockets/pretty sure Bubs not remember/think eat Skittles time of need. Jack so conscientious. Bigfoot trust.

But. Feels loose, careless. Time teach Jack glucagon pen? Maybe sight giant needle, feeling of needle puncture practice lemon ruin Jack willing bike ride w brother sans chaperone. Or maybe normal family train capable sibling glucagon w/o question. Maybe ridiculous not train Jack yet. Or maybe eleven too young learn skills for save brother life. Very mature, responsible; also very squeamish, cautious.

And this woods. This woods Bigfoot always consider for other children, only walk through w. dog. This woods other boys dig pits/mounds for bicycle thrill. Sometimes leave shovel lean against tree mark territory. Not usually see boys (nocturnal), but when catch rare glimpse, look BIG. Old. Maybe 14. Big guys, small bikes, fat tires. Thrilling terrain, thrilling back-story, whole thing feel illicit.

Snap! Cold weather, bubble issue reemerge. Think this because Bigfoot home “room temperature” not warm enough–BRR!–maybe build cubby w. independent heating system for store current-in-use bottle insulin? Need some kind of reverse Frio, stable 72 degrees.



  1. Emily B · November 7, 2012

    hey, call me crazy but I’ve taught my younger son (now 8) how to use glucagon every year since his brother was diagnosed (3+ years). We got a little pillow thing when C was diagnosed to practice injections in and we use expired glucagon. He’s only 8 now but he knows every single step and doesn’t think it’s a big deal. I would honestly never expect him to need to use that knowledge BUT he could absolutely help any adult around or if nobody was around, or he could give it his best effort and it would be better than sitting by watching an emergency. He LOVES practicing injections/glucagon/BG tests, all of it, like a game…never scary. We practice drawing up syringes with water and shooting it out or practice drawing out the juice in a grape and shooting into you mouth, etc. Also: carry frosting/gel and teach putting that in cheek. Better than nothing.


    • laura · November 7, 2012

      I have the most flavorless, giant, mutant grapes in my fridge right now and a insulin pen user that needs to practice syringe use. So doing that grape thing!


      • Katy · November 7, 2012

        me too on the grapes–except i need to buy some grapes. this will be fun.


  2. laura · November 7, 2012

    Independence is so scary. That is all. Very helpful, I know.


  3. Christine · November 7, 2012

    We have talked about teaching our almost 13year old daughter how to do the glucogon after she started expressing some resentment around feeling responsible for our T1D son’s poor choices when they were out and about. (For instance, they would go to the local corner store and he would buy an ice cream and bolus carelessly). We figured that if she could handle an emergency, than she wouldn’t feel so responsible for preventing one. Of course, we have not actually gotten around to teaching her, because we are lazy parents. Alas. But, our son does have some gel frosting in his D backpack that he carries everywhere, so that is better than nothing, I suppose.

    And, I agree wholeheartedly with Laura. Independence is totally scary.


    • Katy · November 7, 2012

      good idea–i need more frosting tubes. i was remembering reading that you need to pre-snip the tips (& re-cap). i thought i should mention that just in case someone somewhere who doesn’t realize the tip is a solid cone of impenetrable plastic reads this. or–maybe–you could bite it open.


  4. Robin Jingjit · November 7, 2012

    Ok, maybe I don’t get to say because my kids don’t have diabetes, but my friend at work went into hypoglycemic shock and I had tear through her stuff looking for what she needed and find her glucose (it was in these orange tubes? I think it’s glucose) it was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced because I had no diea what I was doing.

    If I had to do it again now, I wouldn’t care, since I know what to do now. So…. i know it’s not the same thing, but I think teaching him what to do just in case would make it not so scary if anything ever happened and he was the only one that could help.


  5. Sara · November 10, 2012

    I saw this device ( in a demo a few years ago. It works very much like an Epipen and not this crazy powder mixing business that we have to do with glucagon now. I think they are still working on funding and FDA clearance (like every other good thing).

    Does Jack want to learn how to use glucagon? It seems like he is at a tough age and it could either make him feel empowered or resentful.

    I’ve got some spare syringes around the house. I really want to go buy some grapes!


    • Katy · November 11, 2012

      I love the look of that glucapen. Not only would it be so much easier to use, but also to show to a playmate’s parent. I don’t really say “playmate.” I am tired. I hope that pen is approved soon. Will it be weeks/months/decades?


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