Some people do not realize the work it takes to care for a diabetic child. My daughter is 7, was diagnosed Sept 13, 2010. She still needs help to care for herself. She can do a lot by herself but she is still 7 and needs guidance.
She is spending the night with her grandparents this weekend. I educated them when she was first diagnosed but they have never had her all day and all night. I believe they were a little taken aback by the 2 full pages of notes and "just in case" notes I gave them. She is still on the old school insulin of N and R so her eating schedule is planned out for her. I think they were willing and able to get it done, but I am curious to find out if they are half as exhausted as I am after one day. hahaha
There are some people that do not understand that I cannot just walk out the door and do things spur of the moment anymore. Everything needs to be planned out. I keep a bag packed of emergency supplies and meters but what if she needs her insulin? What if its a meal or snack time? Perhaps I am overly sensitive but I cannot stand it when people just assume its easy. "She just has to avoid sugar." RIGHT! I forgot it was that easy! hahaha
If I go anywhere between the hours of 4-8 I am loaded down with 2 bags.....Allie's "meter purse" and her JDRF backpack that includes: insulin, dinner, 8pm snack, syringes, alcohol swabs, fast acting carbs, free foods and an extra snack just in case. That doesn't include the diaper bag for my 2 year old and my purse. Yes it looks like I am traveling somewhere or carrying overnight bags.
So many people have taken the time to listen and get educated that it isn't as easy as avoiding sugar and it is a lot of work......but there is still that handful of people that haven't and won't take the time. Am I the only one experiencing this?