Name something you can measure.  What do you measure it with?  How do you go about taking the measurement?
This was homework the other night.  My daughter had to choose 5 types of measurement about which to answer these questions.  She came up with length, weight, distance and temperature; answers most kids would write down.
Her final response, however, was unique:
You can measure blood sugar.
You measure it with a glucometer.
You put a new test strip in the meter.  You poke yourself with a lancet.  Then you squeeze a little blood out of your finger and put it on a test strip.  The meter measures how much sugar is in your blood.

The next day, there was excitement.  "Mommy, guess what?  I won an Einstein award for my glucometer answer!"  This is a prestigious and difficult to earn slip of paper, given for particularly bright and unique answers.   Third graders put them into a hat at the end of the week for a chance to win fabulous prizes such as  bookmarks and erasers.  She was thrilled.
You've got to love those rare moments when diabetes actually works in your favor!


  1. What a great story! My son is 10 and was diagnosed in Dec 2009 and has done that in his class too! You're right the moments are rare but they're there! I love your blog and can relate so much to it so please keep the stories coming :)
    Deborah from Brooklin,Ontario, Canada son Jake diagnosed Dec 21, 2009 type 1

  2. i just found your blog i plan to read along. my son was dx @ 8months, now 18months old. funny how veryyyy occassionally diabetes is useful for something. i used it as an excuse for being late to school and in an entry for a competition to win a prize via a poem. lol.


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