When you have a sister with diabetes

Dear Reader,

I have been thinking about what it means to have someone in your family with type 1 diabetes. I always knew that it would change us all. Some changes are good and some are bad. But for my non-D kids I think mostly it is good. It teaches them to be more compassionate, to think of others, that their needs don’t always come first.

This list is from the perspective of my five-year-old daughter. Her sister was diagnosed before she was born so having D in the family is all she has known.

When you have a big sister with type 1 diabetes . . .

-you know which foods have carbs by age 5

-you are not allowed to cry at vaccinations and blood draws

-you check your teddy bear’s blood sugar

-you know “50” means you might get a snack too

-you root for low numbers (see previous point)

-you get hand-me-down shirts with attached pump pockets which then become your treasure pockets for goodies like cool rocks

-you can sleep through mommy coming into your room at least once a night

-if you wet your bed (which of course being a big 5-year-old almost never happens anymore) mommy pokes your finger too. It hurts but you aren’t allowed to whine about it.

-sometimes whatever you need has to wait because that silly number is low again. On the plus side, maybe another snack is coming.

This post is my May entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/may-dsma-blog-carnival/



2 responses to this post.

  1. That is a really sweet list. I love the “treasure pockets” in the hand-me-downs!!


  2. […] five year old daughter made a cute list about having a sister with […]


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