Our D-history:

My daughter, *Rosie, was five years old when she was diagnosed on September 19, 2008, with Type I Diabetes. We started out on MDI, but in October 2010 we switched to a pump. We also added a Dexcom CGM in May of 2011. In February 2014 we changed to the Medtronic Enlite system- a pump and CGM all in one.

*Rosie is not her real name... I let her pick her own pseudonym for the blog!

Monday, November 7, 2011

NHBMP: What gets you down?

Today's Prompt: Case of the Mondays. Write about something that gets you down, burns you out, or makes you sad. Purge it in a blog post.
Turn it around at the end. Tell Tuesday why you’re ready for it.

The thing that gets me down about Rosie's diabetes is that it's always there.  When she's at a birthday party, I am hovering in the background with carb counts at the ready.  When she's running around the park, I'm there with a meter and juice box, making her take a break while her friends keep playing.  When she's peacefully sleeping, her Dex is buzzing to alert us that she's going low.   It's always there, lurking in the background.

But, you know what?  That's also the thing that keeps us going.  Because she doesn't let diabetes stop her.  It's there, sure, but it's just a minor speed bump in her daily life.  She DOES go to birthday parties and to the park.  She does sleep peacefully, knowing that her technology (and her parents!) are keeping an eye on those pesky blood sugars. 

Diabetes is always there, but it doesn't stop her from enjoying all the things any other 8 year-old enjoys!

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days.

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Next to the doctor's office, I think some of the best diabetes tips I've ever gotten have come from discussions in the comment sections of diabetes blogs. :)