With special apologies to Clement Moore. I present a tradition……an updated, ‘Twas the Night Before D-Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with prayer,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.
The children were nestled from head to their feeties,
While thoughts in their head were no more diabetes.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, she prayed for the cure too,
A dad still wonders what else could he do.
Remembering this year; the so much diabetes clatter,
So many were still wondering what was the matter.
Away to the news wires we ran in a flash,
Devices getting hacked might it all crash.
As costs continue to rise on everyone’s supply,
So many wonder how they’ll get by.
D-bloggers continue to write of these capers,
It certainly can’t be left to all the newspapers.
Why many wrote on test strips and accurate numbers,
Who made the decisions on these stupid blunders?
To those with diabetes these really are not funny,
You’re playing with lives; it’s not about money.
As parents search for the docs and schools that really do care,
So much about this disease just doesn’t seem fair.
But as we turn and realize the continual fear,
I have some wishes for so many this year.
When you look outside at the fresh fallen snow,
Or out at the sea where cold you don’t know,
Think of those who inspire and soon you’ll see,
Those things have changed in the past and will continue to be.
Innovations like getting supplies to those in foreign lands,
There is AADE, IDF, and a Foundation of Hands.
There were great ideas to help our kids grow,
Even promising news from Ed Damiano.
We work very hard for a managed d-life to be,
And there is much help like CWD.
There was JDRF continuing in closing the loop,
And the ADA’s Stop Diabetes is still really a scoop.
There was TCOYD and programs were pooled,
And DRI’s BioHub news became very fueled.
There are so many camps that continue to say,
Spend a week with us for an even better today.
From Faustman, ViaCyte more news than ever before,
And stopping missed diagnosis will be the next score.
So as the year ends and criticisms comes quick,
Good things will come, and not all from St. Nick.
So listen carefully as you think of all that is run,
There is so much more work that needs to be done.
Don’t leave it to others; it’ll be just a few,
“Don’t do nothing” is what you really must do.
And if you think you’re done, tired, and feeling sort of sore,
Think of your loved one with diabetes, it’ll make you do more.
And if not for you, it will be for their sake,
We will stop it all when they get a break.
And then, in a twinkling, one day we’ll hear on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
And the only thing needed is Santa’s toy bag for sure,
When diabetes is gone because of a cure.
So we will all continue to work, the ‘where’ is up to you,
But you have to make the decision on something you’ll do.
And one day we’ll scream and exclaim, “diabetes is out of sight,”
The Happiest Christmas ever, and to all a good-night!
I am a diabetes dad.
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