A couple of my sisters-in-law and I recently took a trip to Disneyland…without kids! It was an amazing and fun day—totally different from the times that we’ve had the kids (and strollers, extra changes of clothes, jackets, backpacks, snacks, diabetes supplies, etc.) with us. We love Disneyland, and we love to take the kids, but once in a while it’s so fun to take a day to be a kid yourself and enjoy a relaxing day without pushing strollers, changing diapers, and managing tantrums.
We didn’t have to worry about which kid wanted to ride which ride and getting rider-switch passes for those who had to wait with the kids. We didn’t have to hear the kids beg for every giant balloon and bubble gun toy that they passed. For me, I had peace of mind knowing that even though I wasn’t managing Kaitlyn’s type 1 diabetes all day, I would still be alerted if her blood sugar were to go out of range while I was gone, thanks to her CGM and my smartwatch!
Kaitlyn was safely at home with the other kids doing a fantastic job of taking care of herself with minimal help, and I was able to walk around all day at Disneyland without wondering and worrying about her numbers. It was actually a perfect diabetes day! She stayed in range all day, which hardly ever happens for us. I called several times to make sure Kaitlyn was calibrating her CGM with actual finger-stick blood sugar readings and that she was eating and dosing for good meals, but other than that, I didn’t really have to handle anything. Via my smartwatch, I looked at her numbers all day long—as we were walking, as we were eating, as we were talking, and even as we were on rides and roller coasters. I remember looking at my watch during the Space Mountain® ride!
I have to say that I really love having a smartwatch. I’m actually not a techy kind of girl at all, and the only reason I spent a lot of money on a watch was so that I would be able to have this kind of peace of mind when I’m away from Kaitlyn. It’s amazing how much more often I look at her numbers on my watch than on my cell phone. Believe me, I’m on my phone all the time just like everyone else, but even still, a flip of my wrist happens so much more often than pulling my phone out of my pocket and tapping the app.
When Kaitlyn was first diagnosed, I remember doctors and nurses telling us that diabetes management technology would continue to improve at an accelerating rate. I think it’s great that I am seeing that statement come to pass on a day-to-day basis!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.
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