Last week, my mother-in-law visited for a few days. She is also a Type 1 Diabetic and she brought her boyfriend with her who was a Type 2 Diabetic. We had quite the diabetes party :-P. It was my MIL’s first time visiting Richmond and she and her bf wanted to see a lot of Civil War sites.
Monday, we had a busy day. We started off at the Museum of the Confederacy. The museum itself was fairly small and included a lot of reading but had some cool artifacts that were nice to check out. The museum also included a tour of the White House. No, not that White House. The White House that Jefferson Davis lived in when he was President of the Confederacy. I enjoyed the tour of the house more than the museum. When we visited last Monday, June 3rd, it was actually Jeff Davis’s birthday so it was kind of cool to be touring his house on his birthday. We also went to Hollywood Cemetery where Jefferson Davis is buried.
Two other presidents are also buried there, Monroe and Tyler. We then finished the day at Tredegar Iron Works, which was a historic iron works that provided half of all the canons to the Confederacy.
We continued their visit Tuesday by visiting Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson.
It was a gorgeous day out-high 70’s and no humidity. We walked around the gorgeous gardens and took a tour of the house and ate at the cafe outside. We completed our visit with a stop at Blenheim vineyards, doing a tasting then getting a bottle of wine and sitting out on their pretty deck.
As I mentioned above, my hubby’s mom is a T1D. I was impressed with her good control as she was near perfect every time she tested (perfect for me at least between 100-130). Only on one day did she wake up with a high blood sugar of 266. Her bf on the other hand did not do as well. I only saw him test one day and he was 426. He didn’t even bring his medicine down on the trip with him. Although, he didn’t seem like he was struggling too much. If I had been over 400, I’m pretty sure I would be feeling like absolute crap. He took his high blood sugars in stride though and kept up with us over the busy couple of days and was in good spirits.
The visit was a good one but it also showed just how different each person with diabetes is. My mother-in-law seemed to have the disease in check, she even mentioned how her last A1C was 6.7, something I have yet to achieve. Her bf with Type 2 diabetes, while he didn’t seem to have good control, he managed to not let his high numbers ruin his trip. And then there is me. I struggle every single day with diabetes. I admit I was jealous at how easy it seemed to be for my mother-in-law and at the same time, I felt like I wanted to help out her bf with his diabetes but I didn’t want to stick my nose in his business.