Summer in October
Yesterday, I ventured out of suburbia and headed west into the farmlands of New Jersey to visit Wendy and her family’s farm for their harvest festival.
After outsmarting Mapquest, which tried to thwart my attempts by giving me faulty directions, I managed to stumble across Wendy’s farm. Much to my surprise, it was huge! The fire department was on hand with food, there was an animal farm, a corn maze, produce, pies and homemade jams and butters to buy and a hayride to the pumpkin patch! There must have been a few hundred people who came out on the sweltering October afternoon.
Our group, however, was made up of myself, Wendy, her friend Charlotte who lives on Long Island, Kim and her children, including Gena, who has diabetes and looked to be about 9-years-old. Oh, and we also had three dogs with us. After the group met up near the animal pens, we took a hayride to the pumpkin patch where we each picked out a pumpkin.
When we came back to the farm, we decided to venture into the Corn Maze. Wendy took a couple of maps in with us, but Gena was determined not to use them and instead we decided to use Lily, one of the dogs, as our guide through the maze. While we did make it out of the maze in about thirty minutes, I’m pretty sure Lily was just following the sounds of the people in front of us.
Gena and Lily leading the way.
Once we made it out of the Corn Maze, it was time to test. Whipping out our glucose meters – well, I did as I was the only Minimed pumper in the bunch. Everyone else had Cozmo and just used the Cozmonitor in their insulin pump. Being the only Minimed pumper is very atypical for me! Gena was low and I was still riding down a high from earlier. While we were all chatting amongst ourselves, a couple of girls next to us asked Wendy and Kim if we were diabetic. They started talking and the girls, who were sisters, told us that they had diabetes too! They were visiting their father who lived in the area and we just happened to run into them at the farm!
We chatted for a solid forty-five minutes about insulin pumps, being a young person with diabetes, how often we do – or in most cases don’t – change our lancet, fundraising, the Walk to Cure Diabetes and even how the weather affects blood sugar! Apparently the dramatic swings in East Coast weather can cause some blood sugar roller coasters. Since Oregon’s weather is pretty much a constant 40-45 degree wet winter for five months, I’ve never picked up any changes in blood sugar when it comes to the weather.
Eventually the girls and their dad took off for the movies and we gathered our things and headed to Fudruckers for dinner. Before leaving, we picked up our pumpkins and made a couple additional purchases. I bought apple caramel bread (baked by Wendy!) and homemade pumpkin butter, which are both delish!
All in all, a very satisfying afternoon – in more ways than one!