When I was a tween . . . well . . . when I was a tween the word “tween” didn’t exist, actually. But that’s beside the point. Anyway, when I was a tween we had a favorite game at sleepovers called “What Would You Do If . . . “. Shocking scenarios were imagined and we had to confess what we would do. For example, “what would you do if you were walking home from school with insert name of current crush here and . . . HE TRIED TO KISS YOU?!?!?!”. As you can imagine, our tween selves did a lot of giggling and blushing but not a lot of sleeping at these sleepovers.
As silly as this game was, it turns out What Would You Do If was somewhat useful. Because living with diabetes kind of has me in a constant round of WWYDI.
What would I do if my blood sugar crashed at 2a.m.? I keep a jar of GlucoLift on my night table.
What would I do if I was traveling and my bottle of insulin broke? I pack a spare bottle or two.
What would I do if my blood sugar went dangerously low and I passed out? We have glucagon in Pete’s dresser drawer and also in my purse. And it isn’t even expired!!
What would I do if my pump had a major meltdown and stopped working? I have a old pump as a backup. I also have some syringes and long-acting insulin. (But I'm pretty sure that has expired . . . )
Living with a chronic illness means I need to prepare for the unexpected and consider what I would do in various situations. It’s a good skill to have, even though the diabetes version isn’t as silly or fun as our tween sleepover version. So what’s on your Diabetes What Would You Do If list?