Tuesday, August 14, 2012

That's Just... Love.

Saturday morning was an early one, as the alarm went off at 4:30 am. Why so early? It was JDRF Walk Day, yo!

With Jess' help, we brought the You Can Do This Project to some of the hundreds of families in attendance. We spoke with kids, parents, and adults alike. We met a mother whose son had been diagnosed just three weeks ago - they were there to meet other families, and to see what insulin pumps were all about. We watched the light click on behind people's eyes when we transitioned from "people are telling me about something" to "people who know" - as soon as I'd spot a pump on someone, I was quick to gesture to my own. All of a sudden, they were much more interested in what we were saying.

It was also fun, as it always is, to have a buddy with diabetes on your team. When an adult with type 1 mentioned how difficult it was for her to battle post-breakfast highs, Jess and I clicked on our Dexcom receivers and showed her that she wasn't alone. (Oh hi, 323 mg/dL.)

We also encountered a woman at our table who was just acting... funny. Her words weren't making much sense; her eyes darted all over the place. She spoke louder than necessary, even with the crowd. A Medtronic pump was clipped to her pocket. "I should really do [a] test, but I don't have my glucometer. Left it at home", she mumbled, and we got to work: Jess quickly offered, "Do you want to use mine?", and the lady readily accepted. While Jess lanced the lady's finger, I fumbled through my bag for glucose tabs.

A 44 mg/dL flashed on the screen. "Oh. 44. That's low", said the woman; acknowledging and then immediately dismissing the information. She picked up a marker and began writing on one of our marker boards.

"Hey... why don't you eat some glucose tabs first, okay?", one of us cheerfully suggested. I thrust a vial of tabs in front of her; the top popped open and ready to go. She stuffed two tabs in her mouth and chomped away; trying to make conversation at the same time.

"Oh! These are actually good! What kind are these?" (They were GlucoLift Wildberry - I still had a sleeve of them in my purse from FFL.) Just then, her daughter (or at least someone that age that knew her) walked up, and wanted to know where to order the tabs. (Amazon, yo.) I was still sifting through my purse, trying to find more glucose for her - a bag of fruit snacks. Down they went.

Whether she started feeling better or not, we weren't sure, but she was ready to take off. "Thank you so much, you guys. Thank you. I needed to test, and you even poked my finger for me. Thank you. That's just... love. You guys are so nice. Thank you."

That pretty well summed up the feeling all morning - love.


  1. All you need is love...and someone with a meter and glucose tabs. :)

  2. I cannot wait until TCOYD to see this in action :)

  3. Awesomesauce. I wish YCDT was gonna be at the Manhattan walk in September! :)

  4. Karen's got a point... there are a bunch of us out here (not necessarily trustworthy, but we ARE here). Maybe next year you can "franchise" the YCDT Project across the country!

  5. kim-

    i am so, so happy that i was able to be there to help out. totally worth getting up at 5am!

    that day was all about love, and i found myself tearing up more than once. the video is amazing! thanks for doing all you do. <3

  6. chills!! Love that you guys are out there doing this...helping in more ways than just with bracelets and videos (and those are both TOTALLY important things!!!)

  7. Amazing video along with two amazing young women!
    Thanks for the smiles!

  8. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see you at the Little Rock Arkansas JDRF walk :) Amazing video and amazing job I love you guys and the you can do this project!!

  9. I am LOVING THIS!!!!

    Phoenix -- 11/3 -- COME ON GIRL!!!!!!

    Nerds, anyone?

  10. So awesome!

    Loved the messages from the kids. :)

  11. Great post! My brother (also T1D) lives in Omaha, maybe next year I'll drive down and we can do the walk together (I'm in Minneapolis). Also, a comment about the post-breakfast highs. I know it's not as delicious as pancakes or french toast, but I've started eating eggs in various forms (omelet, scrambled, etc.) and pair it with bacon or sausage links (low fat versions). Most mornings I don't even have to take insulin to cover this or I just take 1 unit. Going "low or no" carb in the mornings has made all the difference in the world for me.


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