The ranting of a mother and advocate for Type one diabetes. The founder of www.diabetesadvocacy.com welcomes you to journey through life with a son with Type 1
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Looks Can Be Deceiving
For the past few weeks, I have been going through old photos for a variety of reasons. I came across this picture. My young son looks so sweet and innocent.
You would think such a picture would evoke the “ahhhs” of a mother right? Wrong! I know the stories behind this precious image. I remember the many faces of this child during those long car rides that were less than sweet.
It was the summer of 2003 and my mother, my sons, and I were driving across Canada to see friends and spend time with family. It truly was an amazing trip but we also had diabetes along for the ride and so the challenges were a little more.
While driving for 8+ hours, I would read Harry Potter to my oldest son when my mom was behind the wheel. It killed time and seemed like a great idea. A four-year old who was high did not share those feelings. At one point, that sweet little boy you see in the back seat, took a Harry Potter book and flung it across the car leaving a mark on my window. We were done reading with him in a car for a bit.
Why was this child high? Well, it could have been the insulin that got cooked in the cooler in the trunk of the car. It may have been the insulin pen that quit working but Mom did not realize it right away. It could have been the long hours in a car and not getting quite the right mix of long acting insulin to balance the drive. The reasons were plenty but the results were flying books and a need to pee at the most inopportune times.
He demanded that we pull over while speeding along in rush-hour traffic on a Vancouver freeway. This resulted in the creative use of spare coffee cups and extreme gratitude that he was a boy.
Being high when traveling also meant that he demanded that we not proceed flowing the pilot car despite being stuck in sweltering heat on an Ontario highway for hours. We had been held up in the same spot for literally over an hour and he had not needed to use the washroom during that time but the second the truck came and allowed us to proceed, my sweet little angel began “the pee dance” and was adamant that we had to pull back over NOW!
When asked if I would do that trip again, my answer was always the same…in a heart beat. I didn’t mind having a 4 and 8-year old in the car with me for hours…most of the time. We stopped and enjoyed parks to break up the days. We met wonderful people and got a chance to see the Canadian landscape up close. And we have memories….some very interesting memories!