Silver linings (in a purely random order):
- Sáin is amazingly aware of EVERYTHING she eats
- Sáin can speak very well in front of large crowds
- We don’t have the portion control problem many people have. All our food has to be portion controlled
- No one in our family is afraid of needles. As a matter of fact, we have to do a sweep through the house before anyone comes over because we’re a little too comfortable with sharps and leave them lying around.
- I’ve learned the plunger from a syringe works really well if someone accidently locks the bathroom door
- We’ve met the most amazing people through JDRF
- I understand RF technology a lot better now that Sáin has the pump. This comes in handy working where I do.
- We probably would never have met all the politicians, celebrities and researchers if Sáin didn’t have diabetes
- Sáin and Aidan are learning at a young age how to fight for a cause
- If it weren’t for diabetes I would never have known the pure joy in receiving a donation from a complete stranger
- Both kids can count by 15s (carb exchanges are counted by 15)
- Midnight blood sugar tests give me an excuse to stay up to watch The Hour every night (and really, is there a better way to end the day than hanging out with George Stroumboulopoulos? Okay – George after a hockey game is slightly better.)
- The looks I got taking sharps boxes into the downtown needle exchange were priceless and I never would’ve gotten to do that before Sáin was diagnosed.
I’m sure there are many more positives but that’s just a few.
I promised Sáin a message in French so this is to her:
Je vous aime ma belle fille et je suis très fier de tout vous faites.