Thursday 1 July 2010

Walk The Line

Do I even need to write this post?
You all get the analogy, right?
This man is each one of us, though maybe you sport a trifle less lycra.
Then again maybe you do the school run looking like this?
(Diabetes would be the least of your kids' problems if that were the case!) So, we all do it. We walk the line.
And some days we are rewarded.
Today we were given a number at the hospital.
A number we get every three months.
We held our breath:


And breathe.
This was better, much better, than we had dared to hope recently.


P.S. The photos are from Colchester High Street last Friday evening. This man hadn't paid his bill at his local pub. This is what we do in England. It keeps people out of prison and provides an open air spectacular for the locals.
Everyone's a winner, eh?

I'm off to smile at myself in the mirror.
Today was good.


  1. You are making me laugh over here!! So glad to hear the numbers were better than you expected. 7.9 is excellent. Way to go family! We were so pleased to receive our winnings yesterday. The pens and coloring book are brilliant. Addison has been going color crazy!He sends Frank a big hug of thanks...

  2. Walk the Line...we do indeed!!!

    Congrats on the 7.9 that is wonderful and you have earned it for sure :) Now go smile at yourself in the mirror my friend!!!

  3. It is great to see that number 7 at the beginning isn't it! Have a lovely summer!

  4. Go on a give yourself a hug too! You completed this leg of the marathon like a champion!

    Love the pictures! Hilarious! :)

  5. Thank you all so much. I KNEW you'd all "get it" and why it's such a great result.

  6. Hello Jules, Im a mummy of a gorgeous two and a half year old very special little boy, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes this time last week. It has been a rollercoaster of a week, but think myself, my husband and our families are finally starting to accept, get used to and understand a little about this mind baffling, consistently changing, condition. This diagnosis could not of come at a worse time, I'm also 30 weeks pregnant with our second child. We are battling against the very high blood glucose levels at the momment, and seeing numbers below ten at most once a day. I would be really greatful of some advice on how you got through the first difficult very emotional weeks, many thanks, Katie

  7. Oh, Katie, I am so sorry. There is no upbeat reaction or Hallmark greeting card for this. It's just plain horrible. In the early days I let the answer machine take a lot of calls and didn't sweat about calling anyone back. I made no apologies for it. I also tried to learn about things as I needed to. Your Diabetes team or nurse will help you with that. Just trust them. There is much to learn and it will take time. Cuddle your boy lots and remember he is the same person just with a really full-on immune system that got bored and decided to attack itself!
    Cry lots and allow yourself that.
    I wasn't able to function and talk to others about it in any meaningful way for months so you are doing really well to even contact me!
    Also be aware that many peolple have no concept of this condition (like me at the start).
    Finally YOU CAN DO THIS. It's hard but you can and will.
    It will be intense for a while but really really does get better. Frank was the same age when he was diagnosed. I was horrified. I thought I always would be but I find myself just dealing with it. I talk to people about it a lot and make no apologies for bringing it up or injecting him in front of them. My husband and I call ourselves D-parents with atttitude!
    Please contact me anytime. You will be understood.
    I hope this helps.

  8. Thankyou Jules, just knowing that someone else understands exactly how I feel really helps. The support we have had from the Hospital, Doctors surgery and all Diabetic Professionals has been amazing, for which I am truly greatful for. Finley is at the momment coping so well and I am so amazingly proud of him for bouncing back the way that only children can. Already he has accepted the regular BG tests, he chooses his 'magic' finger for mummy or daddy to test. The injections are prooving more difficult and at the momment it is taking two of us to administer them. Im sure this will get easier in time, its heartbreaking though when he gets so upset. I feel like I can conquer anything one day, and even managed a trip to the zoo with help from my mum the other day, yet the next all I want to do is cry and don't even want to hear the word Diabetes!!
    Im finding night time the worst, for exactly the same reasons as yourself. One advantage of being pregnant is the need for regular toilet trips during the night! during which I also rush to check on Finley.
    Taking each day as it comes at the moment, and cherishing every cuddle and kiss from my son.

  9. It sounds to me like you are doing an amazing job already. Nobody really gets it except other D-parents, it is still very misunderstood. It is such early days for you, I cannot stress that enough. Be kind to yourself and take it an injection at a time. It used to take both of us and a long time for each one for us too but now we tend to be able to inject and go (with CBeebies on in the background to distract Frank!)