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[IP] Re: vent over do
In a message dated 4/7/2001 9:08:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
> I'll second that thanks to Brian and to Renee too.
> Diabetes has changed everything in our household. I was a carefree kind of
> mother - loved La Leche League, no schedules, ....and when my 15 month old
> nursling was diagnosed with diabetes EVERYTHING changed. Shots, dictated
> meals, weighing food, even NURSING on a schedule (dietician said my on
> nursling could now only nurse with meals -- arrrggggggg).
> At night when my son is stirring, I wonder if his bg is low and whether or
> not I should get up and check his bg...and when he goes to the bathroom
> one time at night, dare I ask him to check his bg or can he just bloomin'
> to the bathroom without being reminded of his diabetes even in the middle
> the night, at least just this once? So sometimes, rather than disturb him,
> stay awake and worry and hopefully let him have a few minutes peace of NOT
> thinking about his diabetes. Of course, then I stay awake and worry
> or not this was the right choice.
> I detest that the first thing in the morning I need to know what my son's
> is before he gets ready for school. Then the questions that have to be
> "how much insulin is in the cartridge, do you have something on you in case
> of a low bg, did you take all the insulin for the huge breakfast you just
> ate, where's your medic alert bracelet? yada yada yada!!" How awful that I
> have to force myself to converse about other things before getting into
> burning questions I have to ask before I can feel safe about sending him
> to school and I can go to work. Everytime my cell phone rings I skip a
> breath and panic - this is MY PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM that I don't want to
> along to my son.
> Why is it that when we go for checkups at the endo's office, it's all about
> bgs, A1C, bloodwork, weight, height, ..........yet nothing about how this
> disease wreaks havoc on the psychological well being of those living with
> this disease.
> Yes my son appears to take it all in stride as he has NO memory of life
> without diabetes. But it has to take its toll. I encourage him to vent.
> encourage him to to find humor too in his life with diabetes (we love the
> cartoons in Diabetes Interview).
> I love the support I've found in cyberspace living with a child with
> Very sincerely yours,
Ellen your post made me cry. It made me cry because I could have written
that post exactly. I feel exactly like you do & your fears are mine!!!!
Kim...........Mom of Ashley(diabetic for 5 years & not pumping yet)
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