Others have already written about the power of the green bracelet. It represents the community of people with type 1 diabetes visible at the Friends for Life conference. Continuing to wear it after reminded me of some of the best parts of the conference – support, encouragement, and friendship.
My green bracelet this year was with me through quite a lot.
It was on my wrist (in color-coordinated fashion) as I sat out by the hotel pool during the conference (thanks for the pic, Chris).
It was with me while I worked the first-ever You Can Do This Project booth.
It braved a hiking and camping trip with my family.
It protected me when I met a questionable mascot.
It toured a test strip manufacturing plant.
It spent a few hours in an airport including a visit to a candy shop wearing a coordinating t-shirt with a friend.
After about a month, it didn’t look too bad. I had added a little Flexifix when the adhesive started to fray. What’s the point of having a medical supply company in your closet if you don’t use for other important purposes.
I wore it both day and night (obviously), despite some interesting morning results. You could say I am a restless sleeper.
Over the past few days it appeared that the tape was the only thing holding the bracelet on. I really wanted to leave it on until the next time I am my DOC family – but it became obvious it was not going to last until my trip to TCOYD in Des Moines.
I gave the bracelet a slight pull and it basically fell right off. I guess it was time.
The green bracelet may represent the best of the diabetes community but I am so thankful that I don’t need to wear it to feel the support.
61 days or
1 month 30 days or
1464 hours or
87,840 minutes or
Next bracelet in
306 days or
10 months, 3 days or
7344 hours or
440,640 minutes or
Not that I’m counting.
P.S. Please continue to support the Schuhmacher family financially if you are able.