This post feels a little weird to me because I had a whole lifetime without diabetes before I was diagnosed. So to talk about life without diabetes is like "livin' in the ole days". But my day-to-day routine is so revolved around diabetes that there are some things that I've been staying away from strictly because I'm diabetic.
# 1: Go to Shipwreck Island Water
Some of my favorite memories as a kid were going to Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach, Florida. High slides, wave pool, snow cones, ice cream, lazy river! It was the highlight of my summers every year. The minute we passed the Florida state line, I would begin begging my parents, "We going to Shipwreck Island?! Please?! Shipwreck Island??!!" After at least a day of whining, they would give in and buy tickets. We would get there as soon as they opened at 10:00 AM and stay until the sun went down, then my sunburnt tooshie and I would go to bed immediately after dinner. I love this place!
A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to go back to my favorite childhood amusement park. Unfortunately, the first thing that came to my mind was "What about my pump?" I had just started with Arnold and hadn't mastered temporary basals much less disconnecting for a whole day. The opportunity ended up falling through, but I was verging on backing out anyway. Even if I didn't have the pump and went back to MDIs for a day, the constant running around the park and swimming would be a breeding ground for lows. Simply put, I was not looking forward to tainting all my memories by worrying about my next BG reading.
# 2: Take a vacation to Italy
My dream vacation is to go to Italy. I want to go visit the Coliseum in Rome, drink wine in Naples, and hang out on the beach in Capri. Trey and I have often talked about going before we have kids. But whenever we talk about it, I start stressing out thinking about the amount of insulin, pump supplies, and strips needed for an overseas trip. Not to mention the amount of carbs I would consume with a daily diet of pasta and wine. But I've already got the place set out that I want to go to:
This place is perfect. Local hotel located along the beach between Rome and Naples. Not to mention its own little town and shops.
So, those are the two things that I think about whenever the latest research article comes out with a "cure" for type 1 diabetes. And if we are blessed to receive a cure in our lifetime, you can bet that afterwards I'll be on the first European airline to Sperlonga.