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Humorous Tidbits from 2000

The diagnosis of diabetes changes you and your family forever. However, in between the challenges of caring for diabetes come amusing moments that remind us of the important things in our lives, like our families and laughing.
  1. Teresa
    My daughter Taylor, now 8, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4. Her brother Brandt was 1 1/2 at the time. When he got older and started learning more about his sister's diabetes it amused my husband and I because it was also at the time we started potty training. Brandt would run into the bathroom and remark that his blood sugar was low and he had to check for ketones. He was about 3 at this time.
    December 31, 2000
  2. Kristi
    Our son, Bryce is 2 1/2 and was diagnosed at 9 months. Bryce has three friends in the neighborhood that all get together and play throughout the week. When Bryce needs a check, I go to him with the kit and he stops for a minute while we do our business. One day while waiting for the meter reading, I glanced up and his three friend were all standing their with their fingers out to be checked too! Talk about moral support!
    December 10, 2000
  3. Amy
    Our six-year first grader is ahead of his peers as far as math goes. When questioned how many volts four 1.5 volt batteries would produce, he immediately came up with 6. Further inquiry as to how he reached that conclusion, he said "Well, I knew that 1 1/2 plus 1 1/2 is three -- just like the yogurt. And then, 3 plus 3 is 6." Each yogurt cup he eats is 1 1/2 carbs. We never would have thought that carb counting would set him ahead in math. Philip was diagnosed at age 3 and the meter we used took 45 seconds to display the results. My son was the only 3 1/2 year-old I knew who could count backwards from 45. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
    October 29, 2000
  4. Cori
    I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5 and now I'm 15. When I was in the third grade all of the kids were supposed to bring in a treat around Halloween time. All of the other kids were fascinated by the fact that I had sugar-free candy, so they asked me to bring some in. I brought a small bag of assorted sugar-free goodies in for each of my classmates. Before passing them out, I stood in front of the class and told them not to eat it all at one time because it would give them stomach aches. That afternoon I was one of the only kids left in class, the rest were in the nurse's office.
    October 29, 2000
  5. Caren
    We were at a block party and there was so much for the kids to do that it seemed every half hour my son Josh had to return to our table to treat a low. A little girl from another family accompanied him every time and watched intently as he checked his sugar before and again after he ate. His cousins teased him about his new girlfriend. He asked her to show them the Tomagotchi she had in her pocket, a toy with a little virtual pet that you must feed and take care to maintain its health. He then said, "I am not her new boyfriend, I am her new Joshagotchi!"
    October 13, 2000
  6. Carol
    The other night my husband and I were discussing how much insulin bolus our daughter should have for the pizza were eating. He was suggesting more than I was. I explained that I meant she should give some insulin now and some later because pizza is "slow," meaning slow to raise her blood sugar. My daughter chimed in with, "The pizza they have at school is square."
    October 10, 2000
  7. R. Went
    Each year Halloween presents a challenge for my diabetic daughter (age 7). After Trick -or- Treating with their friends both my children give up their candy to the "Great Pumkin" who exchanges their candy for a special toy on Halloween night. They leave their candy in a basket by the front door. The more candy they give up the better the toy. Even my son (age 4) who isn't diabetic is already talking about what the "Great Pumkin" might bring this year. It's a great way to de-stress over this candy holiday and still let the kids have a great time. Some of my friends have also adopted the "Great Pumkin" even though their kids aren't diabetic. It's a lot of fun.
    October 10, 2000
  8. Janet, about son Hayden, age 4
    My husband had checked Hayden's glucose for me and yelled to me upstairs the numbers. Hayden needed his morning insulin of Humilin-U. I told Hayden to tell daddy he needed "3 units of U." He ran down the stairs yelling, "Daddy, you need 3 minutes of me!"
    September 30, 2000
  9. Kelley
    Christopher, now 4, was diagnosed at 2 years and 8 months. One day, we were in the car and he was persistently feeding me salt water taffy. I really did not want any more after the second piece so I told him my blood sugar was going to go up. He looked at me and said "Mommy, don't be silly, you don't have any blood sugar. Only I have blood sugar because I am diabetic."
    September 30, 2000
  10. From Arlene
    Jonathan, 9 years old, was in Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He received a stuffed monkey as a gift from his aunt. When asked his monkey's name, without hesitation he proudly answered, "Lotsa." Why? "Because I get lotsa shots!" Jonathan is my youngest grandson. He is home, doing very well.
    September 30, 2000
  11. From Tricia
    Our son, Alex, was just recently diagnosed at age 4 1/2. I started giving him his favorite teddy bear to give an injection to after his own injection (which he likes to do). The other day I told him he should check his teddy's blood sugar and he said "We can't, he's stuffed, he doesn't have any blood".
    September 26, 2000
  12. From Moira
    Our daughter Lauren has always been very open about her diabetes and in school, all her schoolmates are well informed about diabetes and what it means. But sometimes, the other students want in on the "diabetes action." Recently, a girl in Lauren's class raised her hand and asked to go to the nurse. When the teacher asked what was wrong, the little girl explained, "My pancreas is bothering me!"
    September 26, 2000
  13. From Kristy
    A local NBC affiliate and a local hospital's diabetes staff were working on a health segment titled "Healthy brown bag lunches for the child with Diabetes." My seven-year-old son Drew and I were asked to be interviewed for this story. (All of my friends here will know that this is sort of ironic, because I am the fast food queen and that when my kids were little they honestly thought food came from the side of a building!) Anyway, being the good sport that I am, I consented to help them out. When we arrived, the RD had set up a lovely display. The items included a "good" lunch and you guessed it, a "bad" lunch. When the reporter was speaking with Drew, and asked him what he like to take in his lunch box, he pointed to the junky lunch, and said, "those are all my FAVORITES!" (I quickly had to explain that children who carb count had a bit more flexiblity in their dietary choices!)
    September 17, 2000
  14. From Beth
    My son was at the endo yesterday and the nurse was commenting on his high readings lately. The nurse commented, "It looks like the honeymoon is over." Robbie (age 6) replied, "It can't be, I don't even have a wife yet!"
    September 8, 2000
  15. From Tammy
    The other day my neighbor was admiring the new little tree we had planted in the front yard. I told her I needed to give it another dose of Nutrasweet. I meant to say MiracleGrow.
    September 1, 2000
  16. From Cathy
    When our 6 year old son Robby (diagnosed at 14 months) was about 2 1/2, we went to a diabetes clinic appointment. Robby apparently was also working on some type of illness because he had ketones in his urine that day. As usual, he took his stuffed Elmo along for the visit. His physician asked him if Elmo also had ketones. Robby looked at her very seriously and said, "Elmo can't have ketones". She asked, "Why? Isn't Elmo a diabetic like you?" Robby looked at her as if she was crazy and replied, "Elmo can't have ketones, because Elmo doesn't have a pee-pee!"
    August 6, 2000
  17. From Janice
    I was watching "The Land Before Time" with my four year old grand-daughter, Kayla, last weekend. Kay was diagnosed with diabetes at 17 months. She asked me, "Grandma, why did the dinosaurs die?" I replied that they probably did not have enough food. She thought about that for about a minute, then replied, "Well, they took their insulin, didn't they?" I laughed through my tears!
    July 22, 2000
  18. From Eric, about son Sean
    My son Sean was diagnosed at the age of three and needed frequent urine testing due to high blood sugars. One day, I heard some pitiful meows coming from the bathroom. Investigating, I found my son holding our cat above the toilet. Seeing me, he proudly announced, "Kitty doesn't have any ketones!"
    July 16, 2000
  19. From Janice, about her son Paul
    Paul is 6 and was diagnosed at 20 months. Because of the early diagnosis, we didn't go to restaurants very often. It just complicated things. So restaurants were not a real familiar thing to him. When he was about 4, we were vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and walked into a family restaurant. The place was jammd with families eating their meals. Paul looked around at all of the kids and said, "Boy, I guess they all had their shots already." As others have said, it cracked us up and broke out hearts at the same time.
    July 16, 2000
  20. From Linda, about her non-diabetic daughter
    My 7 year-old daughter (non-diabetic) was always a big help to her sister in fetching the glucose or juice during those emergency lows. It didn't take long, however, for her to flop on the couch one day and declare that she thought her blood sugar was low and that she REALLY needed a cookie, quick.
    July 16, 2000
  21. Shelly, about son Bretton
    Our 3 year old son Bretton (now 4.5 years old), diagnosed at 2, came into the kitchen one day balancing the bathroom sink cup carefully in his hands. I looked at him wondering what he was up to and he piped up, "Look mom, I'm checking my ketones!" Guess what was splashing around inside!
    July 13, 2000
  22. Sharon, about daughter Stephanie, age 9
    My daughter Stephanie joined the brownie girl scouts this year and she told everyone she had to be a "SUGAR FREE BROWNIE" because she has diabetes. Cute but broke my heart!
    July 7, 2000
  23. From Pam, about son Stephen, age 4
    Whenever my younger non-diabetic son would want to eat something I did not want him to have he would say, "But I don't have blood sugar!" He was probably only three when he first said it. The sad, ironic thing is that he was recently diagnosed in the earlly stages of diabetes.
    July 7, 2000
  24. Anonymous
    Let me begin by saying that when I'm stressed, it tends to work it's way to my stomach. When my son was diagnosed at 3, the doctor was sitting on the bed next to him, having a very big boy discussion about what diabetes was. The doctor said, "Can you say it? Can you say DI-A-BE-TES?" My son looked at him for a moment, very seriously, and said, "My mommy has DI-A-RHE-A".
    July 7, 2000
  25. From Michael, about his son Nicholas, age 4:
    Last night, I grilled up a couple Porterhouse Steaks. Since Nicky loves steak, he asked for a small piece. So we asked him if he wanted to dip it in a little sauce (Peter Luger Sauce or A1, etc.), and said "Yes, I want to dip it in A1c sauce!"
    July 5, 2000

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