My son began to pile the items he needed to change his infusion set onto the table. I was impressed. He was a day late for his site change but finally, without a lot of nagging from his mother, he was going to change his site!
“Don’t forget to bolus for that soup first before you do your site change.” I reminded him.
“I can’t. I am out of insulin.” He replied.
“What? What do you mean you are out of insulin?”
“I’m out of insulin. Why do you think I am doing a site change?”
Exasperated, I responded, “Ah, maybe because it was due YESTERDAY!?”
My son looked at me like I was insane. I rolled my eyes and proceeded to continue dealing with things that I had to do.
“Where are you going?” he asked. “You can’t leave. I need you to do my site change.”
“Why do you need me? Where are you putting your site?”
“In my leg.”
Now it was my turn to look at him like he was nuts. “You don’t need me to do a leg site. You are perfectly capable of doing it yourself.”
“Yes, but Mom, you do realize that you only have four more years to do site changes for me right? After that, I will turn 18 and move on and you will never have this opportunity again. You should be savoring these times, just like you say how important it is to share each birthday with me before I leave home. Actually, think of these site changes as being just like my birthday but every three days! Treasure them. In fact, we can make it like my birthday if you want. You can even buy me presents for each site change done!”
His logic is interesting if nothing else!
Note to self, do not tell him how important it is to value time spent with a loved one again. Our idea of quality time seems to be very different!
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