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We don't have many diabetes ready babysitting options, and so we don't go out very much by ourselves. I'm sure that sounds familiar to a lot of you. Earlier in the week I found myself wishing that Kelly and I could get away for a couple of hours and then it dawned on me... Arden and I are managing her blood glucose so well via text messages from school with no adult involvement, why couldn't we do the same with her at home and me in a remote location?!

I enlisted my mother to babysit and told her that there wouldn't be any diabetes related decisions to be made. So with the comfort of knowledge that our New School Plan has brought, Kelly and I made our way to the cineplex and saw a movie that didn't have one, not one, talking animal in it!

It was the opening night of 'Argo' and so the theater was packed. Since we couldn't find a seat without a direct neighbor, I felt like I owed the person sitting to my left an explanation for why I'd be texting during the movie. A few moments before the trailers were about to begin I excused myself and spoke to the woman sitting next to me.

"Hi, I'm sorry to bother you. Our daughter has type I diabetes and I'm going to be helping her manage her insulin by text message during the movie". I was prepared for about a thousand different responses, every possible reply except for the one that I got. "Us too, well, our daughter has type I too", she said. "She's older now... how old is your daughter, when was she diagnosed?". We chatted for a few moments about our girls and then she said not to worry, put her hand on mine and told me that she hoped we enjoyed the movie. I smiled and said, "you too". It was like twitter, but in real life.

I guess we can get out more often now... It's been so long, pretty excited!

Oh, and both Kelly and I thought that the movie was excellent, really, really well done. Suspenseful and tense, even though we knew the outcome.


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Wow - what a fortunate meeting! Sometimes these encounters just happen to happen at just the right time, and we wonder how and why it happened, and if it really happened just because of dumb luck and nothing more.

I'll bet you contemplated skipping the movie altogether and having a nice chat with this person. Then again, that wouldn't quite have been the diabetes "getaway" you were looking for. Would it?

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

A Dmeet in the wild and & great movie - Sounds like an A+ night to me!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterk2

Awesome. I had my first T1D encounter with a random stranger this weekend. I was getting the girls a snow cone and I asked 5 times, "Are you sure that's sugar-free?" and I always feel like I'm being judged because my kids are SKINNY so I always qualify it with, "my daughter has T1D" and the guy standing in line next to me said, "Hey - me, too!" and whipped out his Minimed Pump. It made my heart smile.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy McMomma

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