Feel like we've hit a couple of milestones this summer. Samantha didn't have any diabetes-related problems while playing softball & that's huge! Last year, we just learned by making mistakes. I also took Sam to a softball showcase in Va Beach during the 100-degree heat wave & she didn't even have to sit out due to the temps! Huge! But the biggest advance was for me. I didn't tell any coach or anyone assisting at the tournament that she had diabetes. I just sat on the bleachers with my bag of supplies.
Last year, I told the coaches right away. Then I felt awful that I practically made that her introduction. "Hi, she has diabetes, but she really wants to play college ball." (Not exactly like that, but close enough). Maybe I told them because I was nervous? This time I held it in. She's going to go away one day & I won't be there to to hold the bag, so I need to get used to her handling it.
Big Milestone: Sam turned 16 & has started driving. Also makes me very nervous. Not just teen driving, but teen T1 driving! She dropped to 53 one night while driving -- because she got nervous. But at least she can feel it when she drops. I'm putting extra meters & glucose tabs in all of our cars. Have to learn how to balance how serious T1 can be with the fact that she's a normal teenager.
Some days I feel overwhelmed & I know she does too, but we're doing ok right now. Back to the endo in a couple of weeks & also starting her junior year in high school.