I have lived with Type 1 diabetes since the Fall of 1975.
I have been a parent of a child with Type 1 diabetes since October 2000.
I have mixed long and short acting insulin and injected myself with insulin using a vial & syringe for the majority of the time 22,630 times.
In a series of partially memorable events at the age of 16 and after many hours later in the hospital as a result of a seizure overnight from a severe low blood sugar, I recall waking up laying in my own vomit as a result of seizure.
I have inserted 624 insulin pump infusion sites into my body.
I have mixed long and short acting insulin injected Kurtis with a vial & syringe & insulin pens 4,380 times.
I have inserted 312 insulin pump infusion sites into Kurtis.
I have done 4,380 urine tests for sugar & ketones using keto-diastix.
I have done 45,990 finger pokes to test my blood sugar on a glucose meter.
I oversaw or did 17,520 finger pokes to or with Kurtis to test his sugar.
I have been carried out of the bedroom in the morning from severe low blood sugar twice.
I have stumbled out of my bedroom and managed to get to rapid acting sugar during a major low approximately 10 times with a number of times in front of my toddlers and young children.
I have lovingly carried two pregnancies with anxiety and anticipation as well as long term hospitalization resulting in 2 babies, one unhealthy as a result of my diabetes among other things and one as a result of learning from the first, winding up healthy. Healthy and living their lives as young adults I am proud of them and what I accomplished to bring them into this world.
I have injected Glucagon into Kurtis and call 911 once when he was 13.
I really can’t say how it came to be except by my drive and determination but I have passionately pursued my career into the world of diabetes since the day Kurtis was diagnosed.
The climb has been challenging at best. The balance difficult to achieve. The ripe apples looked achievable & fairly easy to achieve despite it all. But once the apples fell, looking up at the apple tree to acquire the ripe ones beyond reach appeared to be a lot of work and often times too much work.
The point? Look past the overwhelming information. After you stop shaking the tree and the ripe apples have fallen, take a moment. Don’t worry about the apples that haven’t fallen. Look underneath each leaf. What do you see?