Read Part 1, here: http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/like-every-type-one-i-also...

I first started seeing Dr. Nancy Bohannon a few months after my T1 diabetes diagnosis. As a kid, I never thought of doctor visits as painful, wastes of time, or tedious in any way. But with Nancy, things were different. She was more of a friend, who wanted to solve the daily riddles of type one diabetes with me. A partner in crime, so to speak, who listened just as much as advised with her clinical and scientific knowledge. I remember her candor and enthusiasm over my efforts to get those daily blood sugar readings under control (the 80-120 range). Nancy provided that type of comfort, security, and guidance that made me feel normal and grounded with my condition. She was a great friend, one that I greatly miss to this day. I will contact her.

Here is Nancy's website: http://www.sugarnancy.com/

Aside from frequent doctor visits, being a type one diabetic in grade school, and then later in middle school, wasn't quite such a big deal. I became just as good of friends with all of the school nurses as with my peers. The thing about being the only diabetic in a group of 14 year-old Goonies (80s movie reference), is that you don't really think about telling anyone how your blood sugar levels were, or how cloudy your NPH, 12-hour insulin was prior to injecting it into your skinny tricep.

In other words, kids don't have the time. Kids need to be kids, no matter what kind of affliction they deal with on a daily basis. That's for the parents to deal with and offer support, at the home base. Home is where you need to recover, and figure out why your blood sugar numbers were, or were not, within normal range. In a world according to a kid, you look up to what makes the most sense to you, and remember what your parents, doctors, dieticians, athletic cousins, nerdy friends, and teachers tell you. Because as you grow older and build your sense of self when entering adolescence, you pick and choose your battles. For a type one diabetic, the biggest battle is getting through the day, and your arsenal consists of your blood sugar meter, different types of insulin (one that works in the background to maintain a normal blood sugar level, the other one for meals), lancet needles, syringes, and those white colored, orange-flavored glucose tablets that taste better than an 8th grader's lunch.

So, those are the kid years, and the first year or two of adolescence.

Views: 35

Comment by shoshana27 on May 18, 2013 at 8:59am

well said . i did not grow up with all those things like testing pump glucose tabs etc... in the 30's & 40's those things did not exist...t1 since i was not yet 3...79 now...

Comment

You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes

Advertisement



REsources

From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Partners with HelpAround in an Effort to Connect People Touched by Diabetes

  Leer en español Technology has the amazing ability to ease the stress associated with diabetes; It simply makes our lives a little more bearable. That’s why we are excited to announce DHFs partnership with HelpAround. This new application will help Read on! →

La Diabetes Hands Foundation y HelpAround uniendo las personas tocadas por la diabetes

  Para nuestra comunidad de diabetes la tecnología ha venido a llenar muchos vacíos y a hacer de nuestras vidas un poco mas llevaderas. Eso mismo nos proporciona una nueva aplicación de geo-localización llamada HelpAround (Ayuda a tu alrededor). HA Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Bradford (has type 1)


Administrators

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)

 

LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word

Loading…

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service