Tuesday, February 21, 2012

And the numbers follow...

The fact that our son M will be a Senior next year has been hitting us hard. Time is flying, and the time that we have to force him to be with us is getting slimmer by the minute. Because of this, we have been making it a priority to go out on family "adventures." A couple times a month we try to go do things our family has never done before. Yesterday our adventuring took us to a couple tourist destinations in San Francisco.

I keep replaying the day back in my mind. It was a whirlwind of fun, and a great family bonding day.

But whether we like it or not, diabetes is part of our family too. That means it got to bond as well.

It occurred to me that every wonderful memory our family has made...numbers are attached to it. Take this picture for instance...

We were on top of Coit Tower, and B and L were running high. I gave them less insulin for breakfast because we had planned to climb 21 stories of stairs to the top. We arrived only to find that the stairs have been closed for quite some time so we had to take the elevator. (I was part horrified, part completely relieved if you can imagine.)

The picture below is our family in China town. Everyone's numbers were AOK by then...but still, they were there in every moment.

And then, when B and L experienced Benihana for the first time...can you guess who was low?

We can run, we can adventure...but we can't hide. The numbers find us. They are a constant swirl of information above us at every moment.

The fact remains though...we had an amazing time as a family. We laughed and shopped and ate like nobody's business...and even after all that Japanese food..the boys went to bed with 112, 130, 117. (That last one was J's. He ate lunch with us, and then later went to an all you can eat Chinese Buffet for dinner with his friends. HOW DOES HE DO IT!!! I almost think he is magic.)

Anyway...we made great memories regardless of the numbers. The smiles were priceless, and the frowns were easily melted away with some fast acting apple juice, kindly comped to us by the bar for L's low.

The memories of the numbers are trumped by the memories of the fun. It is always worth the risk to take a journey away from the home. Maybe diabetes won't play fair...but you can bet your family will overcome and find a way to make it all work out in the end.

Fighting numbers is no different on the fly as it is at home. It is worth the chance.

And definitely worth the memories...


  1. Your post made me miss SF! Elise LOVES Benihana... Especially the onion choo-choo train. For some reason we always get amazing numbers when we eat there.

  2. Nice post! Time really flies by doesn't it? You have inspired me to plan more outings like this more frequently.

    Their bedtime numbers made me totally miss Cale being on the pump! Sadly, he needs to go to bed closer to 200 in order to not wake up at 50! We CANNOT get the overnight numbers steady! I really wish he would want to give a different pump a try SOON!

  3. So happy that you are making these wonderful memories with your family, in spite of the numbers. You are awesome!

  4. Lived in San Fran and Berkeley in my early 20s. Definitely miss the area. Miss the Vietnamese and Indonesian food... it was better in that area than here in NY. Lots of beautiful coastline, beaches to explore within your area.... I envy you. Boys are rocking that Chinese food; never see numbers like those with Chinese. It will be hard to let the boys go, I know, they grow up so fast.

  5. This is such a cute post! And you are so right...I need to take more risks away from home and start making more memories with my little guy on the road, even if it scares the life out of me on most days!

  6. LOVE THIS POST and THE MESSAGE it sends Meri! Take chances, get out there and LIVE PEOPLE! Your family is adorable, btw.

  7. A senior? Oh my, that's scary! : O
    I love the numbers on your pictures-I have number memories too. : ) (good and bad..) ps-I would secretly love that the stairs were "closed"..21 stories is a lot!! Looks like you guys had fun! Miss you! : )

  8. This post totally reminded me of that cholesterol medication commercial that aired a couple of years ago. Everyone walking around with their cholesterol number up floating around their head . . . like it would be embarrassing for others to know something so intimate about you!

    Love that you are taking specific time to treasure the time as a family while you all are still under the same roof. AWSCHUM, MMMMmmmmmeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrriiiiiii


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