Have you ever wondered what it would be like to deal with Diabetes. As a parent and a spouse, I have spent untold time trying to learn what highs and lows feel like and understand what a lifetime of dealing with this disease means. After reading a Calvin and Hobbes book, Erika made a good analogy. Fighting T1D is like Calvinball. I have included the Wikipedia explanation of Calvinball for those who don't remember...
Calvinball is a game invented by Calvin in which one makes the rules up as one goes along. Rules cannot be used twice. No Calvinball game is like another. The game may involve wickets, mallets, volleyballs, and additional equipment as well as masks.
There is only one permanent rule in Calvinball: One can't play it in the same way twice. For example, in one game of Calvinball, the goal was to capture one's opponent's flag, whereas in a different game of Calvinball, the goal was to score points by hitting badminton shuttlecocks against trees using a croquet mallet. An apparent rule in Calvinball is that one must wear a black mask and that one isn't allowed to question the mask. Another apparent rule is that any new rule made up by each player must be accepted. A third apparent rule is that you cannot make any plays you made in a previous game.
Erika's Analogy: If you are familiar with Calvin and Hobbes (a boy and his stuffed tiger), one of their favorite activities is a made up game called Calvinvall. Calvin and Hobbes are constantly changing the rules in order to be the one winning. As I read about Calvinball, part of me wanted to laugh. A larger part was just a little sad, as I realized that Calvinball is just like having T1D. When I was diagnosed, my parents and I learned the “rules” to diabetes. We learned to test my blood sugar, to count carbohydrates, we calculated my insulin ratios and many other things. As things leveled off, we thought for a little while we could be winning. Unfortunately, diabetes is just like Calvin and Hobbes. Diabetes constantly changes the rules without any notice. Just like that the game changes and I have no choice but to learn the new rules. My one advantage over T1D is my Dad has played his own game with T1D for over 25 years. He is the best coach and mentor I could have.
To this end, it is time for the annual Austin JDRF Say Boo to Diabetes Walk. We have registered Team WE and hope that you will consider joining us. Diabetes research has had many breakthroughs in the past few years and a cure is closer than ever. A cure would mean so much to our family. You can make an online donation
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Cliff and Robin Cox