It's unnatural how "normal" diabetes has become.
- When we went for Alex's surgery last week, they needed to take blood. I looked around at the other kids screaming and crying during pre-op procedures. And then there was Alex...she pricked her own finger, held up the blood, and asked the nurse if that was enough blood or did she need more.
- We went to a salad buffet restaurant yesterday for Alex's birthday, and had to wing it with most of the portions for carbs. I leaned over to Alex and said "eh, maybe 20 grams?" A family member pointed out how times have changed from when she was first diagnosed and I was pre-measuring every morsel and pinpointing the exact brand of food to determine carbohydrates. I still don't like guessing, but I'll do it and I won't stress to hard about it.
- I set my alarm for 2 AM every night and I don't sleep through it anymore. Most nights I'm up before it goes off. Alex will sleepily ask for her number and tell me she'll see me in the morning when we test.
- It's not odd anymore to see needles or blood. I often forget that it IS odd for other people to see those things when we are out and about.