Mom Wants A Diabetes Cure

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Lucky 7 Ends With a Shot of Lantus

So much for 7/7/07 being a lucky day. But first, here's what happened to Jeff and Brendon at the Fishercats baseball game last night:

As they're walking to the ticket counter, a man approaches them with 2 tickets and says "I'm not selling these, I'm just looking for a father and son to give them to. Here, take them. The seats are right next to where I'm sitting." So Jeff takes them and he and Brendon sit next to the guy and his 20 year old son.

The man tells Brendon he'll catch a ball for him. Brendon is excited at the prospect.

Jeff and Brendon go to get some hotdogs and come back to their seats. As Jeff is making his way to his seat, he feels something land on his arm with a big thud. As he's relaying the story to me, I say "A ball landed on your arm?!!"

Brendon chimes in and says no, "It was a squirrel!" and laughs hysterically.

A squirrel came out of the air from no where and landed on Jeff's arm, scurried for a few seconds and ran off. He was stunned and wondered where the hell it came from as did the other spectators sitting around him. They were all looking up and couldn't figure it out because there is nothing near them where the squirrel could have climbed up.

OK, so a little later, Jeff hears beeping and is getting annoyed that someone won't shut off their cell phone or pager or whatever it was.

He takes Bren to the bathroom, and he still hears the beeping, so he has him take out his pump and sure enough, it's run out of batteries.

So they go to an EMT on duty at the ballpark, but he doesn't have a AAA battery, so the EMT accompanies Jeff to the exit so that he can make sure he gets back in. Jeff stops at a little souvenir shop near the exit and asks if they have any AAA batteries. They say they don't sell them.

Jeff spots a remote control for the monitors to view the game and asks what size it takes: It takes AAA. The EMT says he needs them for a medical emergency and Jeff takes one to pop into the pump.

Jeff and Bren return to their seats and the guy who they were sitting with who gave them the tickets hands Brendon a baseball....that he caught! The man didn't lie. The man's 20 year old son said, "I've never gotten a baseball at a game before." I think he was jealous.

Well, the pump starts acting up again, but they finished out the game, saw fireworks and came home.

I won't go into detail, but basically the pump's battery cap is crap. I tried another cap that is supposed to be used for the meter attachment we have for the Cozmo that we never use. But that didn't work.

We of course called the company and told them to send us a meter rather than just the cap.

They'll send it out on Monday to arrive on Tuesday. After midnight last night, we woke Brendon and told him he has to get shots for a couple of days everytime he eats something. He doesn't remember what it was like to get shots like he did for that first year he was diagnosed. Last night, Brendon got his first shot in over 3 years. 15u of Lantus. He took it like a champ.


  • Lucky strike! A baseball!
    Flying squirrel, that was strange, lol? I am still laughing.

    Bravo brendon for handling the day and the shots with grace!

    By Anonymous tongue in cheek, at 7/08/2007 10:02 AM  

  • Of course he took it like a champ!
    Well you know about those flying squirrels as i have explained before. Or he could have been a really old squirrel with excess baggage.
    The squirrel was looking for a large surface to land on thats why he chose Jeff's arm. If i was there it would have landed on my chin (or one of them).
    Its great how we all turn into survival mode when we need to.
    Good job Dad.

    By Blogger Chris, at 7/08/2007 11:35 AM  

  • Terrific story, Shannon!

    I'm still laughing at the image of that squirrel on Jeff's arm. Too funny.

    And hey-- kudos to that boy of yours!
    Especially given how long it's been since he had a shot.

    Yup, he's a champ all right. :-)

    By Blogger Sandra Miller, at 7/08/2007 2:17 PM  

  • Lmao at the squirrel!! I would have freaked right out. That was pretty nice of that man to give Jeff and Brendon those tickets and a baseball!!

    Way to go Brendon for taking those shots like a champ!! Great story Shannon!!

    By Blogger Jenn, at 7/08/2007 2:57 PM  

  • Holy crap - a squirrel? WTF?

    By Blogger Scott K. Johnson, at 7/08/2007 3:49 PM  

  • Flying squirrels? How bizarre.

    What a pain in the ass about the pump, but it was very cool of the EMT to help like that.

    By Blogger Major Bedhead, at 7/08/2007 9:13 PM  

  • What great story! Kind of funny about the jealous son. Congrats on the shot. My daughter often says,"I want to go back on shots," until I have to give her one for an occlusion.

    I was on shots for ten or 11 years before the pump and I don't miss it for a second.

    Thanks for your post on my blog. That was a very trying day and it is sometimes hard to admit how emotional all this can be.

    By Blogger Wendy Morgan, at 7/09/2007 10:20 AM  

  • Hey that must have been the zombie squirrel that taunts my blue bear. Squirrel stories are always funny.
    I am glad your boys had fun at the game and that everything worked out ok with the pump. I am sure it had to be hard to give that first shot, even though you have an incredibly brave and strong patient.

    By Blogger Vivian, at 7/09/2007 10:41 AM  

  • For some reason the thought of Brendon getting a shot after all these years makes me want to cry.

    It's great that he's taking it all in stride. I know I've said this before, but our kids amaze me.

    By Blogger Penny, at 7/09/2007 1:42 PM  

  • Of course he took it like a champ. He's Superman.

    And flying squirrels are disturbing animals. One morning, Darrell (my brother) woke up with one asleep on his pillow. Apparently it came in through the window to take a nap. Darrell woke up, freaked out, and the squirrel went for a sail to his closet.

    It was an eventful morning, to say the least. :)

    By Blogger Kerri., at 7/09/2007 3:22 PM  

  • wHAT THE???? Were your son and husband on the set of a 1980-something John Candy movie? I mean, minus the whole diabetes emergency part. Not usually fodder for humor films.

    Great post. Great kid.

    By Blogger Carey, at 7/09/2007 5:14 PM  

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