lacrosseLow carb ideas for a happy valentine:

  1. Spare a Rose
  2. Put lacrosse balls in a jar of candy to take up most of the candy space
  3. Or sugarless gum
  4. This riddle was acceptable: Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day? (Yes, February 14th.)



kwtTesters are rarely where we expect them to be. Currently there are five floating among three users in one small house. These tend to migrate under pillows, and into backpacks or video game closets. The dedicated meter charger is under the desk in Bubs’s room, and sometimes there’s a pileup there. As if adding one more might help, I opened a fresh Verio and labelled it KWT for Kitchen Windowsill Tester. We all vowed to keep this one on the kitchen windowsill. That’s about as brilliant as I get.


DC or Not DC

Bubs is deciding about taking a trip to Washington DC. Tab went on the same trip when he was in 8th grade and had so much fun. Tab told Bubs that the kids who couldn’t eat gluten got better food than everyone else. He told him about the rap battles on the bus. He told him about the air and space museum. For many weeks this went on and we weren’t sure why Bubs remained reluctant to sign up.

Finally, but only after the deadline passed (and then was extended due to snow days), he started asking questions: How many nights is it again? Two.

And then. So, if my pump breaks, should I get someone to take me straight to a hospital?

I explained that, no, if his pump broke he could take Lantus.

And then later: So, in case my pump breaks and I have to use Lantus, do you think you could leave me like, a note, in my bag reminding me how much to take? I said for sure I would leave a note.

Now he wants to go. Yay! So now it’s my turn to think: if his blood glucose is under 40 or over 400 and he’s not responding to texts, who will I call for help?

And what if I get a call from an ambulance, would I fly or drive to the hospital?

And my turn to think what if he just has fun, and diabetes is no problem, and everything is fine?


The Corset

Meanwhile, Tab is now at 1:50 for Humalog, and that means taking insulin with pretty much every meal, including taking insulin at school. This is too much diabetes. I don’t mind having diabetes at home, but I don’t have time to do it at school.

I left Sam Talbot’s book near Tab, open to the page about what d-stuff Sam keeps in his pockets and tried to breezily mention how I bet he doesn’t even need to carry a tester and strips anymore, because he can just check the Dexcom app on his phone. My commentary was uninteresting.

I asked Tab if he thought he might prefer a pump to injections. He said only if it doesn’t have tubing, because Bubs’s tubing is always sticking out and this would not work at all. What Tab described as acceptable sounds like an Omnipod controlled by an iPhone app. I think this will exist soon. But (selfishly? realistically?) I think it would be better if both of my guys used the same tools—for inventory management. I said the only reason Bubs’s tubing is always hanging out is because he doesn’t tuck it in, and there are ways to keep everything neatly tucked away, and you can even just wear the whole thing in a Spibelt under your shirt, and wouldn’t that be great? And Tab said, you would want me to wear a corset?



4 responses to “U R A KWT

  1. Alternatively: contact your pump rep. See if they can loan you a spare for a few days that he can take with him. In case his pump breaks, he can use the spare. We are going to do that for our cruise vacation for sure.
    Omnipod is great. But I am biased 🙂


  2. Don’t forget about Find My iPhone! I tracked E remotely from RI when they went! It was fun!!!! Oh and I have cool stylish boy in high school with some cool diabetes device at the pool in the summer if you want me to set up a meeting? I’m so glad B will go!!! Yay!


  3. Joy

    I can understand from a parents perspective keeping supplies the same but also love the freedom of the omnipod. Who knows maybe the other child will want to change as well.

    Happy also that diabetes is not holding him back and he sounds like he is thinking of everything that can go wrong which takes a lot of maturity.


  4. skchrisman

    Yay for Bubs! He’s asking all the right questions! 😉 You are doing a stellar job there, KK!


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