Woman, Independent Parent, Artist, Advocate, Artifical Pancreas.... and EVERYTHING in between.

I am blessed to be parenting two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven. My youngest nearly lost her life at age six (August 2010) to diabetic ketoacidosis: an often fatal consequences of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. This is OUR journey: raw and sometimes, uncensored.

Thank you for visiting wishing good health and a cooperative pancreas to you and yours.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sometimes..... I Get A Good Feeling

There are some songs that hold SUCH a diabetic message for me. Songs that obviously were NOT written about diabetes. This is one of those songs for me. When glucose levels cooperate, we're ketone free, and it's smooth sailing, indeed.... sometimes I *DO* get a good feeling! A feeling that I've never ever, ever had before.

Florence and The Machine's "Dog Days" are also another of my favourite "diabetic" songs. I *know* it wasn't written about diabetes. I do. But it's the message of the lyrics that have been transferred to my experience of raising a diabetic child.

How so? Try the lyrics: "coming towards her. Stuck still, no turning back" reminds me of the monster from the shadows invading my little girls pancreas, when I stood ignorant to what was happening.

"She hid around corners, and she hid under beds" reminds me of our first week home from the hospital. Rowan, not realizing that the needles would be following her home from the hospital, and would be a crucial part of our daily routine from here on in. She hid EVERYWHERE that I couldn't possibly reach her, and it could sometimes take up to an hour to lure her out for her insulin injection.

"She killed it with kisses" reminds me of all the heartfelt kisses I would give her in the hospital, after every finger poke, after every injection.... (which by the way, I still do! lol)

But my favourite part of this song "The dog days are over" because the dog days will INDEED be over when our cure is discovered!

"Run fast for your mother, fast for your father, run for your children, for your sisters and your brothers." reminds me of the efforts we put into fundraising EVERY year for the TELUS Walk To Cure Diabetes.

Yes.... this song will FOREVER remind me of raising a child living with type 1 diabetes.

"Happiness, here it comes.... like a bullet in love"

Yes... indeed, on the day that the cure is found, you will be able to find me in the middle of the streets, dancing naked with screaming with unabashed delight that "THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER!!!!"

What songs remind YOU of your diabetic experience??

With much love and respect for yourself and your own personal diabetic journey. May everyone's glucose levels cooperate!

Krystin and the LadyBugs
Woman.... Artist.... Mother.... Advocate..... Artificial Pancreas.... and everything in between.

1 comment:

  1. Pink's song Perfect used to bring me to tears thinking about my little girl.