A few years ago, a child under the age of 9 years presented this to a room full of adults at a JDRF fundraiser in Richmond, VA. Her concise and beautiful talk captivated the room. It says a lot about the daily grind of a child, a parent caring for a child, or an adult living with Type 1 diabetes. More than 3 million Americans face this daily Type 1 D drama in order to stay alive.
As 2012 ends and 2013 begins, it’s time to energize We R the Cure. Here’s my starting point.
I encourage you to try this simple yet realistic “day in the life” of a person living with diabetes. To feel what it’s like to test your blood sugar like me, put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it each time you see my handprint or needle. Eight times or more a day.
- I woke up low at 2 AM. Mom had to check me. Finger Stick.
- Check before breakfast and my first shot.
- Gym today. The nurse checks me before I can participate.
- Mom or I check before lunchtime. Finger Stick. Shot.
- Soccer practice after school. Finger Stick.
- Suppertime. Finger Stick. Shot.
- Before Bedtime. Finger Stick. Snack or Shot.
- Bedtime. Finger Stick. Snack or Shot. I am OK.