I went to college and studied Elementary Education. I graduated and landed my first full-time job as a first grade teacher. For eight years, I taught first grade, kindergarten and Reading Recovery. I loved it!
But, when I was expecting my first child, Ally, I realized that I really wanted to change this full-time position of mine to Mommy. And so I did.
Five and a half years later, my job description changed again. Only this time it was not by choice. Ally was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and my new job description included "Full Time Pancreas Manager". This is a job that has become a part of who I am and it is definitely a full time position.
Even when Ally is at school I am perfecting my role. I am taking inventory of insulin, pump and cgm supplies, and don't forget Juicy Juice boxes. I am placing orders and calling in perscription refills. I am planning the next meal and looking up carb counts. I am scouring over Ally's logbook to make adjustments in her insulin doses where needed.
This is not to say that I never do anything besides think about diabetes. Yes, I do all of the normal life things too. But my pancreatic duties are intertwined within all that normal day to day stuff.
And today, with Ally at diabetes camp, I am lost.
Two down. Four to go.