I Would Not Tell You What To Do….no…No…NO!


Two friends are having lunch.  A third person joins them and says, “Hey, did you see the clown out front?” One friend responds, “Was it a real clown or one dressed as one?”

My point; people hear (or in this case, read) something but do not catch the full meaning.  I posted something two days ago which in many circles became a very healthy conversation.  In others…….not so much.  A few people posted what they thought my blog was about and the discussions took off from there. 

I, (I would like to say never but my folks taught me never say never) try to take the pathway that does not tell anyone how their diabetes should be managed.  It’s a very personal choice for people with diabetes and for parents managing their kids.

I certainly would not want it done to me, and I try VERY HARD not to do it to others.  Motivation?  Get Involved? Don’t do Nothing?  Yes that I do.  Management? NO.

My post two days ago entitled, My Child, When Low…Will Wake up…..Right?  Um…..Not Necessarily was in no way meant to; or suggest that one should or should not wake up in the middle of the night for night-time blood checks.  A few people commented in various places and it was ‘off to the races’.

Whether you do or don’t is up to you and your choice alone.  My purpose of the post was only to say that I always thought that a low blood sugar would wake up my kids as it has……..but relying on that; I needed to take another look.

If blood sugars are at a level that you are comfortable with at bedtime and you are okay with that; that is fine by me.  I have no right to say otherwise.  I was pointing out that I ALWAYS thought my kids woke up…..and I now question that IN OUR LIVES.

What you do is up to you.

I share this because the purpose of my blog is to make people think and inspire when possible by shining a light on the so much so many do every day with that asterisk called diabetes.

Never misunderstand or mis-communicate my words……….diabetes management is up to you.  MDI, Pumps, CGMs, insulin, meds, dogs, no dogs, —-it is not my place to tell you what to do—-and no one else should either. 

I have been astonished at the wonderful feedback which I thoroughly have enjoyed over the past few weeks since I started this blog as over 11,000 people have read what I have written.  I just wanted to set the record straight how I like to work/write and know that I’m an open book and I can be asked anything at any time.


I’m a Diabetesdad.

3 replies on “I Would Not Tell You What To Do….no…No…NO!”

I think you meant to say “take the pathway that does *NOT* tell anyone” in the third paragraph. (Made me giggle just a little considering the subject of the post.) It was clear to me that you were talking about how YOU always thought they would wake up and what that meant for YOUR family. Always a hot topic and an important one to keep discussing I think.

You are SO very right on this point. Having lived for my entire life with my father having Diabetes and then to have my son that is 12 now be diagnosed just before his 3rd birthday it is for most people a very personal journey and there is more than one way to get from point A to point B. If someone gets up in the middle of the night or not is the way they choose to do it. Whether it is giving a good bedtime snack that holds them over until morning or knowing your child and how there body works. I know people that also set a 2:00 am alarm on the clock to get up and check their child. Again it is a personal choice and not one way is better than the other. People try and instill their view, because it is their way works for them and so it must be the correct way of doing it. In life it is about knowing your situation and make the best decision you can for you and your child. Will you make mistakes going down the road yes you will and you will learn from them that is how we/you get better in all things we do. So before someone criticizes and looks down on someone for how they are living and teaching their child how to LIVE and I do mean LIVE with diabetes and not just survive with diabetes remember from where ever you are in your journey there is always more than one way to get to where you are going.

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