This was not an experience from one of my most recent ultra runs with 20 miles still to run in the dark until the finish and some rest (well, ok, it could have been, but it wasn't), I was actually only required to go to #2's bedroom and test her blood. She had had a hypo at around 11pm - we ate late because one of the kids had a concert - I cannot remember which one! - and then we got stuck in a traffic jam on the way home. Food, insulin, hypo, dextrose tablets, tantrums, and then the further glucose tests to make sure the levels were in an acceptable range to get her through the night. All at the end of a monstrously busy week with work, kids' musical and sporting endeavours and the usual homework and so on. Anyone that lives in MC will tell you that the school term times are absolute mayhem, and often we end up eating supper at 9pm during the week. The payoff is obviously the 3 months summer holiday, although during the holidays parents and sometimes the kids find themselves wistfully looking back at the school term and counting down the days until the "Rentree" (but we won't go there!).
Life is gradually getting back to some sort of normalcy. We went skiing. It was brilliant.
We are getting into a routine with the diabetes treatment - counting the carbs, testing, treating hypos and so on, and as such are becoming far more relaxed about things. However, at the end of the day, there is still a lot of stress involved, particularly when a pre teenage girl is thrown into the mix. We often see tantrums, the odd bout of self pity, and the endless negotiations and discussions about the nighttime snack (which varies depending on glucose levels, time of supper, what #2 fancies....).
Before diagnosis, Mrs R and I would often collapse into our respective arm chairs at the end of the day, glass of Sauv Blanc in hand, breathe a sigh of relief, switch on Dexter or Breaking Bad, and then wake up at the closing credits. These days sometimes we don't even bother to switch the tv on! Life is definitely getting easier for everyone involved, and although we definitely have good days and bad days, it is definitely nice to have some good days!