Monday, February 23, 2009

Clinic day

Today was diabetic clinic day. We go every four months now and I am a wreck every time! I wonder am I checking his blood enough, am I doing all I can be doing?? Being a type 1 diabetic is not what people think it is. It drives me nuts when people say "oh my Uncle Joe has diabetes", they usually mean type 2. There is a big difference! I'll never forgot the ambulance ride to the hospital 2 years ago. That day changed our life. Mac was 4 years old, he had never had a needle in his life.. he went to over 1500 his first year! Now he is on the insulin pump. It means that he doesn't have as many needles which is good. It also means that we have to be checking his blood sugar at least 6 times a day. It's a lot for a 6 year old. Mac doesn't complain, he is such an amazing kid. Anyway, back to clinic... It was great today. His blood sugar average over the past 4 months has been 6.6- that is great! Today I feel good about it, I feel like I protected him from the awful effects diabetes can have. I LOVE when his blood sugar is in target! Here is one of my favorite poems, I don't know who wrote it

A Mother's Wish....
It's time to go to sleep.
I tuck him into bed,
I pull up his fuzzy blanket. 
And kiss my baby's head.

All night long I wonder,
Is he high or is he low?
The needle pokes his finger,
What will the reading show?

It never stays the same,
Was it something that he ate?
I hug him and I feed him,
All we can do it wait.

I think about his future,
Will he be all right?
Without his mommy by his side,
To get him through the night?

For all the little children,
So innocent and pure,
My one and only mother's wish.
Is that we'll find the CURE.


  1. Wow, you all have been through a lot in the last 2 years. So- can I ask without driving you crazy, lol?! Can you explain for those of us who don't fully understand: what IS the difference between
    "Uncle Joe's" diabetes and Mac's? I think now that you have posted this, it's the perfect time to expalin the differences in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Just a thought...

  2. Hi Jenn -

    Your poem is so powerful. It made me cry. I pray a cure can be found too.
    I am very glad that your clinic visit went well today.
    Mac - I think you are just wonderful and I'm so proud of how you've handled all this so bravely and maturely.
    Hugs to all of you!

  3. What a beautiful poem!! I'm glad that the clinic went well today!! You're a WONDERFUL mom!!!