I remember the day like it was yesterday. We had been potty training my daughter when she started getting up numerous times after we had put her to bed to go potty. We knew that as kids are potty training that it takes a while to understand their body signals. However, there was always something that was at the back of our minds. You see, my husband was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when we were in college, so the symptoms never left our mind especially once we had children. We decided this particular night to check her blood sugar using my husband’s glucometer. I was almost shaking as I changed the lancet just thinking about the possibility. I couldn’t imagine having to give my baby daily injections and pricking her finger. Waiting for the glucometer to count down to show her blood sugar reading seemed like ages. The moment the reading popped up on the screen I knew our lives would dramatically change. I remember looking at our joyful full of energy three-year-old who was looking at us with the biggest smile on her face thinking how much her life would change. It was so scary even though my husband had lived with diabetes for 11 years; pediatric diabetes is an entirely different ballgame.
Fast forward ten years, my oldest daughter is now 13 and what once rocked our world has become our normal. She has pricked her finger since she was four years old and says it doesn’t hurt. She transitioned from multiple injects to an insulin pump about nine months after she was diagnosed, which makes life much easier. She lives a completely normal life, and diabetes hasn’t stopped her from playing multiple sports or anything. Limitations come into play when it comes to different foods and timing of when she eats them. Because she is insulin dependent occasionally she can indulge in various desserts.
We ran by Walmart last night after my daughter’s softball game to grab a gallon of Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom ice cream. Not only is it sugar-free, but it’s also available in many different varieties such as vanilla, chocolate, Bunny Tracks, Butter Pecan and Strawberry to name just a few. This girl has worked hard all season. Last week, after her softball game her coach came over to talk to us. He wanted us to know how much he enjoyed having her on the team because she is such a good kid. He said she’s always happy, comes ready to play, will play any position he puts her in without complaining and is always respectful. He even mentioned that on the first night of practice when he asked her what position she usually played she said, “I’ll play anywhere you want to put me (even though she loves to pitch).” Needless to say, we are so proud of her for making these choices, especially as she is getting older and having more freedoms. I don’t know about you, but I think Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom ice cream was the perfect treat!
Just in time for summer, there is a new $1.00 off printable coupon that you can print (see the bottom of post). Also, make sure to check your ValPak envelopes that come in the mail for an additional $1.00 off Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom coupon (not available in CA or LA). Coupons are redeemable at Walmart stores.