It happens, probably, somewhere in a household every hour……maybe even more. It’s diabetes. Hypoglycemic reactions, well, they come with the territory. No one wanted diabetes and no one certainly wants to deal with a low or a high……..but they happen. They do happen. And they will happen to you.
My child had a severe low in the middle of the night. It was a disaster. Stayed up all night. I cried. It was a close call. All I kept thinking is; WHAT COULD HAVE happened.
Any of this sound familiar? Sure it does. We have all been there.
A long time ago, I tried my best to ‘redo’ my thinking when it came to a hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic reaction. I made the ‘could have been’ the ‘what it was’. Now that may seem a little strange, but every time it happened I made myself think, “that was it.” There was no almost, or might-have-been, or could-have-been, or a we-dodged-a bullet-this-time—none of that. Each episode got the attention needed and believe it or not, we moved on.
Over the years everyone in our house has been in some doozie car accidents. Cars destroyed. Sometimes a hospital stay. Self-check: Alive. We recover and we move on. Life awaits no one. Back in the car, hesitant at first; but soon driving again.
Life is so much like getting behind a wheel of a car. The comparatives are many and this is another one. After a crash, we get back on the road. We do it quickly, and get our kids back out there quickly, because we have to or we never will again.
When our kids had a glycemic reaction; we did what we had to and got them (and us) back on the road again. The ‘freak-out’ became shorter lived each time because why spend a whole lot of time on something ‘that might have been’? The truth, we learned this with each episode, is that we DID WIN. This time. And we moved on.
Now this thought process took some time to achieve but glycemic reactions will happen. Deal with it…be scared…..but move on. We were under the absolute belief that if we totally freaked out over an episode, our kids would pick up on it. That’s not good. “dealing with” is better than “freaking-out over” any day of the week.
When we get the call that our child was in a car accident, our heart stops. They get better and we get them back in the car again as soon as possible. Honestly, there is not much in this life that sucks much more than seeing your child become very, very low or very, very high (there are some things but this is bad enough). Get them through it.
Should they get through it, which they will in most cases, celebrate that you won that battle and move on………..trust me; another one will be coming. And you can live your life waiting for them in fear or take them as they come.
No one stated that living with diabetes would be easy……..but do not let it rule your life with fear either. It should not be an “Oh my God it could have been so much worse….” It should be, “We’ve got this, and if it happens again, we’ll have that too.” Because the alternative is not a viable option.
After 22 years, we almost have it perfect. But it isn’t easy……….is it?
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