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Thank You For Being A Friend

May 1, 2012

April was filled with synchronized swimming events.  Our annual water show occured in which the Masters team performed to the theme song from the Golden Girls.  It was so much fun to put this routine together, and it’s even more fun to swim it.  (I also know that you’re all jealous of our swim caps :) )

This past weekend was the Age Group competition in Worcester.  I might be older than the majority of the competitors, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not in awe of what they can do in the water.  They would kick my butt to the curb any day of the week.  There is a girl from one of the opposing teams who has diabetes and on a pump.  I first learned about her when I was in college.  I first met her when I was watching one day and I heard “Mom, MOM! She’s got one too!”  Her mother is also a coach, and seems to find support in my mother.  My mother, in turn, is always watching out for these two as well.  My mother and I were standing in the balcony when we saw the little girl and mom testing before warm-ups.  The mother turned around to us with a questionable look on her face and started to tell us the number with her fingers.  Before I even saw the last digit, I grabbed my mother and off to the pool deck we went.  The little girl had a BG that is generally considered right on target, but she felt low and in all other competitions she has been in the 300s.  They weren’t sure what to do.  She had a juice box, suspended her pump, and I stayed to talk to the mom for a few minutes.  The girl continued to warm up, while we talked about different possibilities for treatment.  The biggest thing that I took into consideration was that the little girl felt low.  The girl was going to be one of the first to compete and her routine was written about rising above diabetes (AWESOME!).  My response was this:  If she feels low, she’s going to be thinking about her low and how she feels.  She only has a few minutes to do this performance and one chance too.  Treat her, and you can deal with the high blood sugar later because you want her thinking about swimming, not about diabetes.  The mother was very thankful because as I was leaving the pool deck she told me that what her daughter was thinking about and how it would affect her swimming would never have crossed her mind.  I said I was happy to help and went up to the balcony where I watched her swim and swim and I was in awe the whole time.  I was also happy that I was there to help, support, comfort and give advice in a moment of “we’ve never encountered this before.”

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  1. mom permalink
    May 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    She was first in her age group for her routine, and figures. She has qualified for the regional competition. The smile on her face when she was announced for first for her routine was just great.

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