Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ninth Diaversary

My second baby graduated from elementary school today!  What a day.  She didn't want me to "do" her hair (does that officially put me in the South?), and she didn't want a bow.  I know she's growing up..but it was graduation.  I restrained myself, didn't complain, and didn't put a big bow on top of her beautiful head.  But I can't lie to was hard.
..can I add that her teacher, Mrs. Huffman, is the BEST?  We have loved having her!  She's been so patient and eager to learn (about diabetes).  I will definitely miss her.
And my girl?  She also got the President's Award for Educational Excellence!  The requirements are a 3.5 grade point average for all of fourth grade and the first semester of fifth grade and high scores on the benchmark exams.  (I can't remember the score required, but she did really well.) (do I sound like a momma, or what?)  ; ) 

Following graduation, fifth grade had a fun day planned..water, cookout, video games (on a big an arcade on wheels, well exactly that!), the firemen came to hose them down with the fire truck (can you even imagine?), and all sorts of outdoor fun.  The only thing I could think about?  Not getting her PUMP wet!  I warned her of the danger..then talked to the nurse, then called to leave a message on her teacher's phone (she constantly had other parents beside her), then went back to talk to her teacher..just in case.  

Today I cared about her pump making it to three pm, much more than the possibility of her going high.  I wanted her to celebrate with the other kids, and not feel handcuffed (chained?  tied?  weighted by concrete blocks?) to a device.  That's not how I am, or how I want her to see her life.  We can keep going and playing because of the machine, it shouldn't slow her down.  This is the very thing that makes teens want to quit the pump, and hide their diabetes.  It becomes a burden and uncool.

Ok, ok.  Diabetes has never been cool.  I just don't want it to be the downer at the party.

So..I just told them to hang loose, and preserve the pump's life. ; )  It was fine, great blood sugars, she connected to eat, bolus, and when she wasn't water playing.  We made it.  Another successful day (and that made me SO much more teary and excited than that ok to say?).

In fact, today is her diaversary.  Nine long years (well, they have kinda flown!) of this stupid Diabetes.  We still hate it with all most of our heart.  But I think I'm making room for it.  Finally?  It has brought us into the sweet-hearted world of the diabetes community, both online and in our own community.  I wouldn't know all these wonderful people without the big D.  So...God?  You know what you are doing, and I trust you.  And I should thank you..even for this.  A blessing in disguise.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:3-5

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