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Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”. But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit. Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly! Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes. Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!
This weekend I was chatting with a friend's husband and while eating one my of super delicious chocolate chip cookies he asked me the following question:
Besides making awesome cookies, what other talents do you have?
I had no answer. I seriously don't really do anything well. I have no talents! I didn't play sports growing up, or dance or do gymnastics. I don't paint or draw. I really have no talents whatsoever. Sad, I know. I couldn't think of anything that I do well.
Then when I was trying to think of a diabetes thing that I do spectacularly for this post and it came to me.
That's what I do.
I do it all well.
Don't get me wrong ---- I'm far from a perfect pancreas but I think I balance it all so well that most of my friends forget what all I deal with on daily/nightly basis.
I think they forget that I check Nate's sugar 12-15 times per day, they don't realize that I have to make critical decisions to his well being at every single check, I change his insulin pump every 2-3 days (hell, I think 1/2 of them think the pod just sticks on his arm with the sticky tape ---- FYI --- there's a very large needle that inserts a ---- oh good hell never mind!), I do a lot of math, I am accountable for everything that he puts into his mouth, the list goes on and on.
What I do --
What I do spectacularly is . . .
that I make it all seem NORMAL and OK and EASY and like it is NO BIG DEAL.
I'm actually quite pleased that I've gotten to a place after almost 3 years where I can make it all look easy.
It's not easy. It is hard. It is exhausting. It is frustrating. It is bloody. It is painful. It is total and complete suckage at times. But I am glad that I make it look easier than all of that.
Here's how it really is for me and for all of moms raising children with diabetes ---
A beautiful post written by my friend and fellow D Mom, Meri from Our Diabetic Life
Sometimes we get a bad rap.
We are warriors.
We are D Moms.
Keep calm and D-Blog Week On ---
Making it look easy and effortless is hard, taxing...and a great triat!! Could you imagine if all 'D' mommas walked around miserable, hopeless, helpless...could you imagine that outcome? I loved your post and never thought about that. How you tackle it will be the outcome of our T1D'ers and how they tackle.
I am quite sure, especially being a T1D Momma that you have many, many, many other great notible qualities that lie in everything you do every day...besides make cookies! ;0) We 'D' mommas often times under-credit ourselves and over-critique ourselves without thinking twice.
Well written. D-moms are a unique breed, that is for sure, but you guys have to be. Not many other parents can say that they hold their child's life in their hands on a daily basis. You are all appreciated!
Just a Mom
I AM a wife.
I AM the mom of 3 wonderful children.
I AM my son's pancreas.
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