Our trek across Canada was not without it’s trials but we played it safe, travelling during good weather and staying put when the weather got nasty. Which was often.
|Frosty prairie morning|
A word about the prairies: COLD.
How cold? I’m talking scary cold; the kind of cold that makes you thankful for shelter. And central heating. And cars that start, regardless of hell freezing over!
But along with the breathtaking temperatures came the equally breathtaking sunrises. The sun coming up over a distant, flat horizon on a crazy-crisp morn is an incredibly beautiful sight to behold. It almost made the early morning wake-up calls and the frozen-together eyelashes and nose hairs worth it.....almost.
|A prairie sunrise|
The girls were incredible on the road! I had purchased a few road-friendly activities at a craft store and kept them hidden away until I was desperate for a diversion - something to keep them occupied and help pass the time. My scheme worked surprisingly well. But with that many hours of driving, even the most engaging activity couldn’t guarantee a trip completely free from the occasional bout of restlessness and boredom. The girls had their moments, especially during the final leg of the journey. But overall, they did far better than could be expected.
How did the D behave? Not too shabby! Jenna’s numbers stayed in or near target for the most part, with the help of raised basals. There was one day I forgot to raise her basals and, as you might imagine, with sitting all day in a vehicle, her blood sugars crept up into the mid teens. It served as a reminder of how important activity is to good diabetes management. The guilt I felt also served as a healthy motivator to remember to raise her basals.
|Beautiful sunrise in northern Ontario|
So yeah. We made it. And now begins the process of starting life anew - registering the kids for school, setting up a case conference to address Jenna’s needs at school, finding G.P.’s and endocrinologists, signing up for provincial health care...life is busier than ever.
But life is good.