It’s just days away from Caleb’s second trip to Europe without me and my approach to preparation is not what it was last year. Although I’ve been putting things aside here and there, and he’s back to Looping as of a couple of weeks ago, it’s a significant change from the months of prep I did last year.
That’s okay, though, right? We learned so much from last year, so there is no reason to recreate the wheel. He’s got experience, so we’re both less worried. He’s traveling with people he actually KNOWS this year, staying in less remote areas and part of his trip is in England, so no language barrier!
I’ve got an emotional nagging inside of me telling me I haven’t put enough energy into this, but the logical part of me repeats the above paragraph trying to convince me there was no need.
The best outcome of Caleb’s trip to Europe last year is the huge advancement he took in self management. It’s like he was thrown into pool to sink or swim and he swam. He came back and continued to work autonomously. Where I use to consult with him on carb counts daily, there’s now rarely a time where I provide input, including the school lunches I pack. He used to text me daily and then that just stopped.
It’s a year later, but he seems like a decade wiser. Nevertheless, I welcome any wishes of luck and good fortune for this upcoming trip! I’ll still be anxious and not likely to sleep while he’s away - diabetes has a way of not allowing you to get complacent.