Having diabetes is hard enough without your parents always worrying about you, right? Well, here's some thoughts on what they're thinking and feeling that might help you understand why they act the way they do. Everything here is from real parents of children with diabetes.
My Child Has DiabetesWhen you were diagnosed with diabetes, your parents were probably really scared. They probably didn't know much about diabetes, but they sure knew that you'd been sick for a while. When they learned it was diabetes, they might have been very upset. They weren't mad at you. They were mad at the diabetes.
Since they love you so much, they were worried about diabetes hurting you. Some people who have had diabetes for a long time develop more problems with their body because of diabetes. These are called complications. Doctors know a lot more today than they did even a few years ago about preventing complications. So if you work hard at maintaining good control, you can help make it less likely that you'll get complications when you grow up.
Blood Tests and ShotsBlood tests and shots aren't much fun, but they are very important. Your parents know that you must have your blood tests and shots at certain times everyday, and at other times too.
Sometimes kids are too busy playing to remember to do their testing or take their insulin. This can upset your parents because they know how important it is to test and take insulin when you're supposed to, so you can keep your blood sugar in control to prevent complications when you grow up. You see, your parents think about you growing up a lot, even if you're too busy with friends and school. So if they're always reminding you to do your tests and take your insulin, it's because they want you to grow up as healthy as possible.
Insulin ReactionsThere's nothing scarier than watching your child suffer from a severe insulin reaction. After it's over, you'll probably feel a little tired or have a headache. But soon you'll be ready to go again. Your parents, however, will probably take longer to recover than you will. So be understanding if they want you to stay close to home until they're sure you're okay. Now you know it's really to be sure that they're okay.
One dad told a story of shopping for a new car with his diabetic son, who was about 12 years old. The dad hopped into the back of a car in the showroom and closed the doors. But the back doors had child-proof locks, so he couldn't get out! And he could see that his son was having an insulin reaction. The father kept banging on the glass to get out! It took several minutes for someone to notice what was going on and to let him out. They found the boy wandering around in a daze. After some sugar, he was fine. But it took that dad a lot longer to recover.
SchoolWhen children with diabetes go to school, some parents worry that their child will have an insulin reaction at school and no one will be there to help. Even though you've got friends to help you, your parents might still worry. So be sure to let your teachers know that you have diabetes if your parents haven't. Especially your gym teacher.
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:17:21
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