This post probably will not win me any popularity contests with the PWD in the DOC and I'm just going to have to be ok with that. Don't get me wrong --- I love PWD. Really, I do!!
I also love reading PWD blogs and getting a glimpse into how Nate's life will someday be . . .
BUT . . . there are a few out there that have criticized the way the parents of CWD are raising these little ones.
The latest was a blog post which has now been taken down. Sadly, she is a nurse, a camp counselor, a mom, and a fellow Texan. Those are 4 things that I wish she had considered before blasting parents of CWD and calling the students at the camp "pusses" which she later changed to "wusses". After reading Wendy's post about the same person I have decided not to link to her blog and although I really wanted to call her out and link to the camp -- I won't. I will say this . . . it is a very popular camp here in Texas and the fact that she posted from the camp during the 1st session of diabetes camp made me steaming mad.
Here's the deal --- it's not the 1st time I've read a PWD criticizing parents of children with diabetes. I'm going to be quite honest with you ---- I don't give a rat's patootie if you had an a1c of 12.6, had to pee on a stick, wait 5 minutes to find out your bg, or use harpoon size injection needles. That's just not what we do now. As my friend Reyna always says --- when you know better - you do better.
Why are we being criticized for making diabetes a little bit easier for our children?
Who cares if we use EMLA or ice packs and who cares if we don't. Yes, we put our babies on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors --- are you telling me you wouldn't?
We check Nate's bg multiple times per night --- why does that bother you so much? He sleeps for 12 hours. That's 1/2 of his a1c and a heck of a long time to go without a bg check. Oh yea --- and he's 3. He's growing at an unimaginable rate which makes his blood glucose levels CraZy.
I wish that people would just stop and think about things before they start to openly criticize a parent. First, if you are not a parent then you have know idea just how hard being one is so please just shut it. If you are a parent and a person with diabetes then how can you not put yourself in my place? I mean have you really not one time thought about your own child being diagnosed with type 1? Would you not want the very best for your own child? None of us are perfect. We are all just trying to survive the everyday ups and downs of parenting a child with type 1 (and many of us have multiple children with T1 or other diseases/disorders) the very best we know how.
My son, Nate was 14-months old when he was diagnosed with type 1 and although we have never used EMLA I am not opposed to it. For six months after his diagnosis he was receiving 3 or 4 shots per day. We were holding him down while he was SCREAMING, BEGGING, CRYING for us not to hurt him. It was heartbreaking. You cannot explain to a 1-year old that you are helping him live. He's now 3 and wears the OmniPod and Dexcom and yes he still occasionally cries about site changes but he is no WUSS! Let me say that again . . . my son does cry but he is NO WUSS.
Just thinking about that post I read has me all fired up again --- how dare you call any child a puss or a wuss? What kind of person does that? Much less, the children these parents have entrusted you to look after and guide through diabetes camp!
Believe me if Nurse Mom from Texas is still on the counselor list when it is time for Nate to go to camp we will be taking our son elsewhere. Nate is way too wonderful to be brought down by that kind of negativity. I truly hope the children at camp this session were able to enjoy themselves and not be made to feel like they are anything less than spectacular!
That is all. Stepping down from my soap box now.
Keep calm and carry on -