Half an hour of Joshua

Josh and I had some photo time this morning. It’s not like he can run away from me. Hee hee.. in my clutches.. mwah har har harrrr. I got a bit carried away. I apologise in advance.

Here’s a half hour of Child #1. (#2 was at a friends and #3 and #4 were mesmerised by the playstation, so Josh has my full photographic attention – poor kid) 

We give Josh jobs to do just like the other kids. Fair’s fair. #4 had done the dishes, #3 had tidied the lounge and #2 had cleaned the bathroom.

Josh’s job this morning was to sort the junk mail from the good mail.
Me.. I just take photos, and order the children around to run the house for me.

What mess? I don’t see a mess.

I guess he thought it was all junk.

I bet Coles and Woolies never thought this is where their advertising would end up.

I bet Coles and Woolies never thought this is where their advertising would end up.

No-one loves junk mail like Joshy does. The joy of scratching through each page, scrunching it up, flicking it and throwing it overboard.

Checking carefully to see what bargains are available this week.

Checking carefully to see what bargains are available this week.

Looking looking, ever so hard at the colours. It makes a cool sound if you scrunch it up close to your ear, and he makes himself giggle if he accidentally touches his ear with it.

and taste testing too.
and taste testing too.

it keeps him amused for ages.. and me too.

Gives "flicking through the mail" a whole new meaning.
Gives “flicking though the mail” a whole new meaning.

This kid works quick as lightning.

Yippee this is fun. What are you doing with your Sunday?
Yippee this is fun. What are you doing with your Sunday?

Anyone passing by just picks them up for him and pops them back on his tray for his playing pleasure. He is lucky to have brothers who will fetch toys and pick up lost ones. You really have to go through the junk mail at least 3 times to get the full benefit. After that, it’s too soggy for anyone to retrieve from the floor and the ‘gross’ factor prevents any further help from loving siblings. No matter how much love there is, if there is dribble involved there is not much chance.

Blood Sugar Level Machine and Finger Pricker.
Blood Sugar Level Machine and Finger Pricker.

Uh oh. The fun’s over. It’s lunch time and that means Blood Sugar Level time. (BSL)

BSL Record Book
BSL Book

Just imagine how many BSL’s this kid has had in his life.

He has filled books and books
He has filled books and books

Imagine how many books we have filled with numbers. He’s been diabetic for 12 and a half of his (almost) 13 years. On average 4 BSL’s a day. Some maths whiz would be able to add that up I am sure. That’s sure is a lot of pricks on little fingers.

Aren't these the sweetest tiny hands you ever did see?
Aren’t these just the sweetest tiny little hands you ever did see? Josh’s are cute too. Hee hee

 Very little fingers. The softest touch. Oh how I love this little hands.

ow ow ow
ow ow ow

 And oh how I hate to prick these little fingers to draw blood. Joshy doesn’t complain though. Not like I would. I would whinge and sook and try to get out of it.
I wonder how many little drops of blood that would add up to over the years?
Daniel says this photo looks like I have cut his finger off in this photo.. It’d be easier if that were the case, he wriggles a lot, but I assure you I did nothing of the sort. Now, as i am typing Matthew comes up and say oh Eww Mum, it looks like you are holding his finger, eww. I really should have thought more about depth of field in this shot. Sorry. Trust me… Josh still has his finger attached.

Testing takes all of 5 seconds

Testing takes all of 5 seconds

Uh oh.. not a great level either. That means that he will have to wait for lunch for a bit because he needs an extra shot of insulin to bring that level down a little.
Joshua’s diabetes is very ‘brittle’. He is up and down like a yo-yo and we are very used to lows and highs,  it’s all part of the day to day.
Mush made with love by Daddy

Mush made with love by Daddy

But now he can’t have his lunch.. he needs to be taken out of his chair for his injection in his butt. No fat anywhere else. Skinny little runt. May as well change him as well while we are there. I will spare you the photos of that.
I spot hidden toys. This is how he steals toys from school.

I spot hidden toys. This is how he steals toys from school.

When I pulled off his tray this is what greets me. More lost toys. Once they are out of sight, they are gone for Josh.  Time to come out of the chair.
Cheeky boy

Cheeky boy

But he doesn’t mind. Not a bit. He’d rather be on his bed than anywhere.
Happy as Larry, and no manners!

Happy as Larry, and no manners!

 He has a lot of built up energy from being in his chair. And by “energy” I mean the kinetic kind.. Wind energy.

Lettarip!

Lettarip!

Funny, stinky, noisy boy. You can’t help wanting to squish him. he is just begging for me to come and flatten him.
Humulog Insulin to get those levels down quickly.

Humulog Insulin to get those levels down quickly.

Doesn’t matter which way you look at it… needles are horrible. Someone please come up with a cure.
This will be Josh's second injection today, with another at dinner time.

This will be Josh's second injection today, with another due at dinner time.

After all these years I still hate needles. Even tiny baby ones like this. As thin as they come, as short as they come.
Happy boy.
Happy boy.

So this works within 5 mintues. By rights we should give him another BSL to make sure he comes down, but I can’t bear to. We know what the result would say, and it would be good, so that’s good enough for us.

Time for lunch .
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9 responses to “Half an hour of Joshua

  1. It would equal 18,250 BSL checks over 12.5 years. If 5 drops of blood equals 1ml, then Joshy has provided over 36 litres of blood to test his BSL.

    The average human body holds 5.6 litres of blood, with Josh say around 2.8 – 3.2. Therefore that blood-sucking BSL meter has changed is blood 11.4 times – or approximately once for every year he’s been alive.

    Think of all the kids (and adults) in the world that have to go through Diabetes. On the positive, Diabetes is said to be curable within our lifetime.

  2. Well, let’s hope they get there soon – Joshy is a braver boy than me. i would sook all the time – and I have way more padding than him!

  3. Really?? That’s a whole lot of blood. Knew someone would come up with a figure. Had to be you!

  4. I was wondering why he wanted to know how much blood was in the human body! Trust him to work it all out- sure does put a different perspective to it though.

  5. I wouldn’t have had a clue how much blood was in the human body! Not a clue! All those little drips do add up don’t they?

  6. What a brave, awesome, heroic little fighter of a kid! Makes you very grateful for all the healthy things in my life.

  7. Wow Tania….
    Thanks for a glimpse of your day…..
    What a brave little boy and an even braver family…..even if dribble can sometimes get in the way.

  8. Rachael – hugs to you. Glad things are looking up!

    Julie – Glad to share, but Oh the dribble… ew ew ewwww.

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