January 3, 2014 by matt bortmess
Diabetes doesn’t care if it’s your birthday.
It doesn’t care if it’s New Year’s Eve.
It doesn’t care if it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving or any other special day of the year.
It doesn’t care if you’re in the middle of a soccer game.
It doesn’t care if you are in the middle of a nice, deep sleep.
It doesn’t care if you have a busy week.
It doesn’t care if you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend.
Diabetes simply doesn’t care.
It’s always there with carbs to count, insulin to dose, and highs and lows to treat.
There are no days off.
No days off for my wife and I as caregivers.
But more importantly, no days off for Colin and Aubrey.
I am amazed by those two, though. Diabetes may not care, but they don’t let it stop them. Sure, they may get discouraged from time to time, and they would much rather not have diabetes. But mostly they just roll with it.
Aubrey may wake me up in the middle of the night because she feels high. We dose, get her a drink and then she goes right back to sleep. Colin is on a new insulin and having a hard time balancing his numbers. But he takes it in stride. Site changes, needle pokes, highs, lows, snacks, extra doses…it’s just what they do.
And so, diabetes may not care what’s going on in life at the moment. But my two don’t really care what diabetes thinks. They’re ready to kick it in the butt and to enjoy their lives each day. And that leaves this dad proud and inspired.