Hello everyone. My name is Wendy - I am a newbie to this site and I am very glad to have found this forum. I am mum to a 14 year old Type 1 who was diagnosed two and a half years ago. .These past two years have been a huge learning curve for me, my daughter and the whole family. (I am married to Andrew and we also have a 22 year old son.) Sometimes I tend to let my thoughts roam around my head and isolate myself - I have found diabetes to be a misunderstood and underestimated condition. So I turned to the internet to try to connect with others. I started a blog, Time for T. Yesterday, I was writing about some of the frustrations I feel when friends or acquaintances rush in. This is part of what I wrote:
“I find it frustrating when well meaning people offer glib and simplistic advice on a subject they know nothing or little about. I know they all mean well. I try to smile through it and take the good (that they are interested and concerned.) I even try to tell them a little bit about what it is like to parent a T1 child. Sometimes though the comments that say " Oh well, type 1 , type 2 same thing” or “she’ll outgrow it” or " does she still have to test and inject?" or “but she is so skinny” make me feel more isolated. I am getting better at laughing off ignorance - there is so much I don’t know, I can hardly be critical of others. It has made me more sensitive in my own language use though - I try not to presume other people’s feelings and ask rather than express an opinion. So that’s good!"
The blog is probably mostly just a personal space - I chat about Kate’s friends, some school experiences, the horror of her diagnosis (her glucose reading was 45), how resistant she is to the pump and other such topics that are important to me. Please have a look if you are interested, and feel free to make comments about anything! You can find it at Time4t1.blogspot.co.za
From the address you will see I live in South Africa (Cape Town). Andrew and I run a small electronics company, and our son is about to start his masters in mathematics. Kate has just started high school and we are quite a creative, whacky bunch!.
I hope to see you on the blogsite. Many thanks.