6 Things I’d Like People To Know About Diabetes

It’s DBlogDay and this year’s topic is 6 Things Hannah and I’d Like People To Know About Diabetes.

1. Hannah would like every non-diabetic kid to know that just because she gets to carry gummy bears around and eat them at certain times, even if it’s close to dinner, it doesn’t mean she’s lucky.

2. I would like the parents of those kids to know that I can teach you what you need to know to allow my child to come to your house for the afternoon to play. (And to those parents that have openly taken on that responsibility, I love you!) For the most part, Hannah’s friends come here because her diabetes is overwhelming to the vast majority of them. Believe me, I know just how scary and overwhelming it can be. I had no choice but to face it head on, you just get to borrow her for a few hours AND you get me as backup! What a deal!

3. Hannah is not sick nor do we treat her as if she was. She is an active, normal, healthy kid who happens to have diabetes and needs to be very in tune to her body. We should all be this in tune to our body actually now that I think about it.

4. She can eat what she wants. Please do not give me the you’re a rotten mom look when you find out I fed my diabetic kid pancakes for breakfast. She can have them, I happen to know to the gram what the carb factor is on those pancakes. Why? Because I weighed out the whole mess the first time we made them just like I do with everything we bake or cook for the first time. The running joke in our household is it’s really easy to tell if we’ve made a recipe recently. If we have, it has pencil scratchings of carb counts of all the ingredients in the margins. This then corresponds with the spreadsheet taped to my fridge which both of my kids practically have memorized anyway.

5. Hannah (and I) would like our insurance company to know that she (and I) really want her to have a CGM. This BS about children not needing them is just that. Her glucose is in such flux due to hormones and growth that I can’t think of a better candidate. Seriously.

6. Your questions are welcome! I relish your questions and I will talk to you all you want about diabetes. Let’s discuss rumors, myths and old wives tails. I’ll debunk what is debunkable and present you with the truth from science and research. Knowledge is power and if we can educate one more person on truth vs. rumor and speculation about diabetes, I’ll be very happy.

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9 Responses to 6 Things I’d Like People To Know About Diabetes

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  2. Patty says:

    Best list of six things I have read so far! And I hope the insurance company decides Hannah can get a CGM. I don’t have one (yet) but the more I read about them, they seem, after insulin, like one of the very most important things every diabetic should have.

  3. Laurel says:

    Thank you Patty, your comment has put a smile on my face!

  4. I can’t even begin to imagine how much better my diabetes would have been if I had a CGM when I was a child. I definitely think things would have been much better and easier for me to understand what was going on with my body. Hopefully insurance companies will get on the ball!

  5. Mike Lawson says:

    I like number six…because I like to talk about it too. I’d prefer you ask me questions about my D than just assume things. Assuming, I’m told, makes an ass out of you…or something like that.

  6. Laurel says:

    I’m loving the comments, thank you everyone! (and yes, Mike, I hate being an ass.)

  7. Kerri. says:

    I think this list was awesome, but I have to admit – the bit about the gummy bears made me tear up a little bit.

    I hope that CGM comes your way ASAP!!

  8. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  9. Amy says:

    I get tired just reading no. 4. Oh, the counting of new recipes! My cooking has definitely gone downhill since my son’s diagnosis as I try to avoid all unnecessary math…

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