On Motherhood and Diabetes: Bittersweet

First and foremost, allow me to say: I am glad it’s me. I CANNOT IMAGINE trying to manage diabetes for my kid…

How do you make them understand what all of the pricks are for? How do you create them stand still? And who the hell knows what a 2yr-old (or even a 5yr-old or even 7yr-old) will eat? Or has consumed? When I am fighting to open the can of Spaghettios using the bagels smoking in the toaster enclosing hunger cries above the TV and ringing telephone, I am certainly not worrying about just how many carbs are coming at them…

And it has to hurt. The night seizuretherefore, that the lows at school, the “large talk” concerning the impacts… my God, as if we didn’t worry about them enough! With their defenseless little mussed heads up, and their enormous trusting eyes… my heart as well as my utmost respect go out to all those parents (this means you, Martha! And you, Shannon! And all those in the podsquad, along with the JDRF, and Diabetes123, etc., etc..)

But to be brutally honest (when aren’t I?) , it’s not always a picnic trying to manage my own diabetes while mothering, either — especially when the Disney videos have been blaring, the water is running along with feet REALLY LOUD upstairs, and I am crying: “No sitting in the garbage!!” Who the hell knows what I’m going to eat? or have eaten? Or have recovered, for that matter?

Thankfully, they are also able to be soooo sweet. They make me “wheat-free cookies” from playdough, and kiss my “boo-boos” once I test, and (try to) return respectfully when I take my “med-sins”… Love goes a long way towards fostering good health.

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