Today I attended the Closing Day of the Auburn International Film Festival.
Auburn is a bit of a hike for me, so not exactly my local cinema - but the trip was well worth it.
You see, Premiering today at the Auburn International Film Festival was "the first narrative film ever made about Type 1 Diabetes."
As a parent of two kids with T1D this film was ALWAYS going to be a tear-jerker for me.
I was at the AIFF with a fellow T1D Mum and a new friend I met through the iBGStar trial. We sat through the first five short films, which were all wonderful in their own way (especially "Ezzy & Cleveland"), waiting patiently for "our" film to start.
As soon as I saw the name of the Director (Dan Masucci) come on the screen I knew we were up, so I handed a tissue to my fellow T1D Mum sitting on my right.
The opening scene had me going, of course. The sound of an alarm clock, blurred at first and then coming sharply into focus: 3:00am.
Masucci's film gave an incredibly accurate and poignant insight into what has become routine for me and so many other T1D families, the 3am BGL check. Not just a "let's check the numbers" thing - so much more for parents, who hold their breath while the meter does its job; wondering whether they have to wake their sleeping child to feed them against their will, or give them more insulin to bring down a blood glucose reading that is already doing damage to their young body.
A BGL, to a parent of a child with T1D, is so much more than just a number.
Not only does this film share the feelings of a parent of a child with T1D, it also give us a glimpse of what our kids are feeling, the frustration with having to be so careful, always having to do the right thing, knowing what to do but also knowing that no matter how well you manage things it's not always going to turn out right.
I hope that this film will be distributed to schools world-wide. It may just help in the never-ending battle to educate people about what our kids go through every single day, and why we, as parents, worry so much.
Thank you Dan Masucci, your film was outstanding.
Below is the official full length trailer for DxONE.