Every hour that ‘ticks’ by each and every day; we have to be ready to grab the emergency glucagon.
When this one expired, Jill left it for me, which means she took the last one, and used it ‘to practice’.
She has written the note numerous times since September 26th, 1992. We sort of have glucagon everywhere. You know why…….just in case. Right?
93,936 hours we have been at this and at each and any moment we wonder, will it be needed at the next hour, minute, today, next week, or whenever. After 93,936 hours I still ‘have to practice’ to make sure that the next time it is needed I can get it right.
Through the trembling hands, the shaky body, and the adrenaline that will be all hitting my body at once I need to know that I can do the steps necessary to save Kaitlyn or Rob’s life.
We do this each and every time one expires. If you are just discarding yours, I strongly suggest you work through the steps so this is second nature to you when, and if, you ever need it. As much as second nature it might be. May you never…….but that is a crap shoot we all know about….don’t we?
I am pretty sure most people practice with it when it expires, but even if just one person says, ‘Hmmmmm, never thought to do that”…….well that would be worth the entire column today. (Obviously ‘practice’ means to mix the ingredients only…inject into an orange if anything; not a person—check with your medical professional if you need further explanation).
93,936 hours……waiting to do something at any given moment……..just in case. I’ll remember that the next time I am told (again) “Well, it IS ‘just diabetes’.
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