Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt asks for my favourite of those that I have written. Seriously? That is a challenge!! First, I don’t write thinking,” Wow, I am awesome!” I used to write thinking that no one would ever read what I had to say.
As I realized that they did, I just wanted to post things so that other parents would know that they were not alone. I tried to find humour in some of those events.
I have written posts that have come from my own struggles and guilt as a parent of a child with diabetes. The post written after my son told me that he wanted to move back with his father for his final two years of high school was definitely one of the hardest to write. Trying to find a balance of honestly, emotion and not sounding as lost as I felt was a huge challenge. The positive comments made me feel better for sharing.
I have tackled topics that many of us want to ignore like Dead in Bed but lately I have tried to educate through posts like my most recent Dear John and Jane Public and looking at the cost of diabetes care if it were me and not my son with the disease.
What is my absolute favourite? What makes me smile? Any post that shows my son’s great attitude and quirky sense of humour. There have been many comments over the years that have come out of nowhere. Some of them I have caught and published like when he told me…”“You know Mom, if I had to explain to someone what it felt like to be high or low all I would have to do is tell them to watch Suzie and Sweedums eat breakfast. Suzie is what its like to be low and Sweedums is what its like to be high.” Suzie will demolish a bowl of food before I have put food in Sweedums’ bowl. Sweedums will eat one piece of food at a time, analyzing it and taking over to a mat to eat every single morsel.
The one post that will make me smile every time is when I described my son’s logic when it came to site changes. He was a day late doing his site change. I was leaving him to it when he stopped me asking me why I was leaving? When I told him that he was more than capable of doing a site change he replied…
“Yes, but Mom, you realize that you only have four more years to do site changes for me. I will turn 18 and move on and you will never have this opportunity again. You should be savouring these times just like you say how important it is to share each birthday with me before I leave home. Actually, think of these site changes as being just like my birthday but every three days. Treasure them. In fact, we can make it like my birthday if you want. You can even buy me presents for each site change done!”
Ironically, he is right about me missing it that is. I still get to do site changes when he visits. I don’t miss diabetes or harping on him to do a site change but since it is a part of him and I miss him, well I do kind of treasure those times when I did do his changes.
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