Thursday, 10 February 2011

Our week so far

Ok, so, here we are, Thursday evening and posting, finally, after a humdinger of a week (and it's not even over ...).
We made it to the hospital with both myself and Andrew having stomach pains due to stress. Once there we were greeted by Claire the fantabulous Diabetes Specialist Nurse (who has herself been Type 1 for 26 years. She looks about 12 so I have no idea how that is even possible!).
We then spent three hours with her and three other families learning how to navigate the Starship Enterprise, er, sorry , the Medtronic pump.
It went really well.
The other families were really committed, like us, to looking Diabetes in the eye and making their children's lives as healthy as possible. They too were freaked out and out of their comfort zones (if indeed poking your child to the point of bleeding several times a day can EVER be termed a comfort zone).
We played with the pump, had a go at changing the reservoir or setting it up and then I got to wear it for a while and showed Frank how it was inserted.
By twelve thirty we were left to take our box of goodies home and practise, practise, practise.
We have saline solution to use and Frank needs to get used to wearing it and will still need injections for this week.
After the hospital we broke the journey home by pulling in for a picnic in the camper van at a country park just outside Cambridge.
The sun was shining.
It was one of those days that herald the Spring and we loved strolling around (with sticks, in Frank's case) the 2,400 year old site (it had been an encampment and the earth is maintained to show the shape of the camp). If those dates make your jaw drop just think of the cheap motel we stayed in the night before that was right next to a Bronze Age burial ground, some 8,000 years old (give or take a month or two!).

This was all very grounding after a morning of huge learning.
Then it got interesting ...
On the way home my stomach began to feel unsettled and after about half an hour I pulled over and .. er .. lost my lunch.
Andrew took over the driving and I tried to lay a flat as I could, moaning on the back seat as he headed home.
Never has a journey felt so long.
Once home I made a dash for the bathroom and after an hour or so went to bed and dozed.
All plans to look at the pump went out the window with my lunch.
Next day Andrew had to work and I was OK but weak.
The only thing I had eaten that was different to the boys was a tuna bean salad.
Damn those ready made salads!

Then to round off the three days of lively times Andrew came home on Wednesday with a letter notifying him of the fact that he has six weeks until he will be made redundant.
However, we are fine!
One would think that this would be the worst week to hear such news but no.
Having a child with Type 1 Diabetes, for me anyway, puts much of life's other difficulties in perspective.
It's not as trite as the awful"don't sweat the small stuff" idea but there is a sense of gentle perspective.
All will be well.
All will be well.
Tomorrow we try the pump on Frank for 24 hours and then again as much as we can after that.
Next Wednesday we go "live".
Let's hear it again:
All will be well.
I am hosting my book group here tomorrow evening.
I chose Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Little House in the Big Woods" and "The Little House on the Prairie".
Reading these books brings perspective too.
Love to all and huge great big and enormous thanks to all who wished us well.
Thank you.
I am so grateful for you.


  1. "All will be well," as long as you stay away from the tuna bean salad.
    Sounds like a wondeful pump start!

  2. You have a wonderful attitude. I'm holding "all will be well" in my heart for you.

  3. ALL WILL BE WELL!!!! Jules!!!!!!!!!!! And I am with Colleen - no more tuna bean salad...btw, that just sounds "F"ing nasty as a premade salad anyway. (((HUGS))) and sorry you got so sick.

    P.S. I LOVED Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a child. They were my favorite.

  4. What a trip!! So much information, and before you know it, it will feel like it is all engrained into your genetic makeup!

    I'm glad you are feeling better, good luck on your pump journey, we will be here for you every step of the way!

    PS I just read Jane Eyre...a good classic, and a new version of it is due out in theaters soon!

  5. All WILL be well. It's one of my favorite sayings of all time and I'm glad it is yours as well. It gets me through the rough times, when I know, in my heart, it will all turn out. You have such a good attitude Jules and it will rub off on Frank, you will show him the way to takes the hills and the valleys. Beautiful pictures and keep on keeping on, it sounds like you are off to a great start, ok, not the throwing up part I mean :0)

  6. I was so glad to see your post..I have been thinking about you this week! Despite the tuna bean debacle, sounds like you are off to a great start! I think you will find this next chapter gives you even more strength and bravery! Looking forward to hearing more as the journey unfolds..XO

  7. I'm glad both you and Andrew are in better health. Health problems suck.

    -Zane of ontario honey