Every time school gets back into full swing, I look forward to all of the different little projects, stories, and poems that come home with my kids — back-to-school night crafts, autumn leaves, and of course Thanksgiving activities. One of my favorite items (that usually gets prime real estate on the fridge) is the acrostic poem. What’s an acrostic poem, you ask? I’ll give you an example with the word “school”:

So glad it’s back in session.
Can I sleep in for five more minutes?
Haven’t we already packed you a lunch?
Oh my goodness, we haven’t.
Out the door! We’re late!
Late again…

Well, I don’t want my kids to have ALL of the fun … So, because it’s Thanksgiving season, Kaitlyn and I now present you with our type 1 diabetes acrostic poem of things we’re “thankful” for:

Test strips stockpiled for an emergency
(We are thankful for mail-order pharmacy orders, which allow us to build a stockpile of critical diabetes care supplies.)

Haven’t had to make a trip to the emergency room yet
(We’ve had a couple close calls with persistent lows, but we’re grateful that we’ve been able to avoid the ER so far. Hope we never have to go, but if we do, we’ll also be thankful for the emergency room personnel!)

All of our family and friends
(We’ve got loving, supportive family and friends who have our backs. We love them and are so thankful for all they do!)

Nighttime monitoring gets easier and easier
(I’m remembering nights during the first year after diagnosis. I’m so thankful that we now have a continuous glucose monitoring system — it makes nighttime so much better.)

Kaitlyn is the bravest girl we know
(We are thankful for how brave this girl is! Most adults would cower before the number of pricks, sticks, pokes, and prods Kaitlyn has had to endure. She’s amazing.)

Finally had a day of blood sugars completely within range
(It doesn’t happen often, but when it does we are THANKFUL for the bliss.)

Understanding more and more as time goes on
(We are thankful for the medical scientists and healthcare providers who work so hard to understand this disease and find new ways to make technology better! We’re also grateful for the increased understanding and perspective that we’ve gotten as time moves on.)

Love for our sweet girl Kaitlyn
(We are thankful for her. She is such a joy in our lives!)

I can’t exactly say that I’m thankful for diabetes, but diabetes has definitely made us thankful for many things!

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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