I was relieved the other day when another Mom used this avenue to vent about the frustrations of being a parent of a type 1 child. So for the very special occasion of "V - Day" I thought I would take the opportunity to do the same.
I am the proud parent of a type 1 little boy (5) dx 5/24/2011. This is our 2nd valentines day. Every holiday is hard, but valentines seems to be a little harder than the rest.
I have such good control and then a holiday crops up and I have to rethink my strategy. What am I going to feed my little guy that will make him feel like part of the group, but not make his bs go through the roof.
People look at me like why can't you just give him some more insulin and let him eat what everyone else is eating. But you see "people", type 1 is not like type 2 where you can just take a pill and the blood sugars are all back to normal. You can't (or shouldn't) give your child whatever he wants to eat, for one because his blood sugar will go on a roller coaster AND its not healthy for him and two he is still a little boy whose body treats calories and fat just like the rest of our bodies do and I have to take that into consideration.
I wish people would be more considerate of those of us with Type 1 kiddos. I am sick of people looking at me like I am micromanaging my son - I want to say to them "You try being your child's pancreas, trying to manage the intake of food to balance blood sugars out so he can be normal and then see how you manage."
I just want to take my kiddo away when all of this hoopla about candy, sweets and goodies starts up.
I know I am not alone, and hope that my rant was consoling to at least one other parent who is feeling the same way.
Thanks for listening.