Having my child diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over two years ago led to an education that I never knew I would need,
This is what I have learnt…..
1. The appropriate answer to the question ‘did she get it from eating too many sweets?’ is probably one based in medical fact, however it is far more tempting at time just to answer ‘nope, that is obesity’ and walk away murmuring expletives under your breath,
2. Having a fear of blood is simply not acceptable when your child has Type 1 Diabetes. That goes for fear of needles and fear of hospitals. As a type one mum, you are going to make your child bleed, passing out during the process is going to make it awkward for everyone.
3. When everyone else was despairing about their vacuum cleaner being full of loom bands, I simply felt the world was sharing my pain as I stared at my vacuum which was overflowing with test strips.
4. Picking a test strip off your arm/leg/backside/back after your child has had a night of rubbish blood sugars and they shared your bed is not uncommon. Worrying where the rest went is normal.
5. Trying to say HbA1c after a few glasses of red is nigh on impossible
6. Asking your misbehaving, over excited kid if they are high whilst out dining at a restaurant is often frowned upon by the waiting staff.
7. Feeding your child sugar-coated sweets right before dinner because of a low, when dining out at a restaurant is often frowned upon by the waiting staff.
8. Type 1 diabetic kids can’t eat the following…..
1) food that has been on the floor – that’s just dirty
2) Anything with poison in it.
9. Doesn’t matter what grade you got in your Maths GCSE, after a few years of carb counting and managing insulin doses your mathematical skills will be close to Issacs Newtons ability.
10. Rummaging in the dustbin will become acceptable once you realise you have thrown away the packaging with the carbohydrate content on the back.
11. Checking blood sugars at midnight and seeing a perfect 7.5 can create almost orgasmic levels of happiness as you realise you don’t have to do the 2am check.
12. You will spend more time awake at 2am as a mum to a Type 1 Diabetic then you ever did at college.
13. When buying clothes for your Type 1 warrior you are always subconsciously thinking ‘where will the pump go?’
14. You can recognise the smell of insulin from 50 yards away.
15. If you ask my child to administer their insulin in a toilet, I cannot be expected to control my parental wrath.
16. Posting blood sugar levels on Facebook whilst everyone else sleeping is often a way of reminding everyone around you that it can be tough being a parent to a child with diabetes.
16. Kids with Type 1 Diabetes remain true warriors, they make it look easy, it isn’t.
My daughter Molly, has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over two years. She is simply an inspiration.
In just under two weeks I am trekking up the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to raise money for Diabetes Uk to help find a cure. I am terrified of heights, not that find of walking and not 100% sure my walking boots fit.
If you want to sponsor me, please do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/Jane-Blackmore2/