I find it extremely interesting that no matter how much we store in our kids’ rooms for night-time lows; no matter how many juice boxes, gels, cookies, glucose tablets, and whatever else we store; the counter in the morning reveals that a blood-sugar-low led them to waking up and making their way to the kitchen.
It is a clear reminder to all of us when our kids go low they will do what is natural and not what we think is convenient. Because they don’t think of it when they need to; they go to what they need and know.
As I wipe the counter off, again, I wonder what it would be like to be a parent without any children with diabetes again. I would love to get pissed off at them for leaving the counter a mess, yet again, as many parents would do if their kids were just eating to eat–but mine do it to stay alive. I’m being a bit melodramatic about that point I admit, but it’s how I feel today.
But on a particular morning, as I wipe a counter, it is a labor of love to clean the counter because I know that they did what they had to do; cleaning up after them is not on the ‘must-do’ list after a low. And I am okay with that.
The more I am at this, I find myself knowing that the little stuff just doesn’t annoy me that much anymore. I also know that there was a time that the little stuff did get to me, but diabetes changes that in a person. Just too much THAT DOES matter to sweat every little thing any more.
How I wish to have back the times when diabetes was not around.
I am a diabetes dad.
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