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What Have I Learned as a Parent of a Child With Diabetes

  1. If we had the choice between a long night of great sex or great sleep, we'd take sleep every time.

  2. We've become experts on the content of food.

  3. Glucose tabs may be more expensive than smarties, but in the long run, they are cheaper because everyone eats the smarties, but no one feels right about taking a handful of glucose tabs.

  4. We feel secure and comfortable from seeing a cupboard stocked with testing strips and a fridge stocked with insulin like we used to feel from seeing our savings account balance.

  5. A carb counting book in every car, in the kitchen, and in the dining room is about the right number to have.

  6. Instead of a chicken in every pot, we think glucose tabs in every purse, car, room, and relative's home is probably more important.

  7. We get more excited over new diabetes products than we do about who wins the World Series.

  8. We measure milestones, not by when our children lose their first tooth or take their first step, but by when they first test themselves, do their first injection, or put in their first site.

  9. Along with those routine drills about what to do if the house goes on fire, we make our children without diabetes show us with the expired glucagon and an orange what they would do if their sibling with diabetes were to pass out.

  10. We thank God (or whomever) for the good friends we've made as a result of having to live with diabetes.

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January 10, 2006

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