"Do my doopities?"
I still remember the first time my daughter asked this question. She was very low. She had some juice. I breathed a sigh of relief.
Within a couple of months of being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 13 months, my daughter had made up this word. "Doopities" meant checking her blood sugar. Nonsensical? Absolutely. But when it was time for food or bed, we'd say, "let's go check your blood sugar," and she'd say "doopities."
"Do my doopities?" The first time she asked this out of the blue, she was maybe 24 months old. She felt low. She knew what she needed to do. It was a bittersweet moment for sure. Mostly, though, I was relieved.
From the day we brought her home after being diagnosed, we spent every waking moment watching her like a hawk. Was she slowing down? Were her eyes glazy? Was she pale? Why was she crying? Was she lying in the grass because it was fun or because she didn't feel well? Was it o.k. to let her play in the sandbox by herself 40 yards from where I was weeding the vegetable garden?
After this first request for 'doopities,' we were not, of course, home free. She was 2. We watched her like a hawk for several more years. We still usually picked up on lows before she did. We still needed to be responsible for keeping her safe. Yet at that moment, we turned a little bend which brought us all the way to where we are today.
Now that's she's 12, it's increasingly rare that I'm the one suggesting she check her blood sugar. Once in a blue moon there will be excessive crying. Those eyes still noticeably glaze over sometimes. More often than not, though, she catches lows on her own.
But these days she just says, "I need to check my blood sugar."