Wednesday, June 14, 2006

To Parents of CWDs Everywhere


You amaze. Really. You guys need an award. Or a club. A country club. Something. Cause you guys rock.

I was 19 when I was diagnosed. My parents chose to ignore it. Then deny it. Then tell me to just stop eating sugar, and I won't need my pump. The one thing they refused to do was learn about it. They just didn't want to. It was too hard. So I deal with it on my own and with the support of the OC, a few message boards, and a few close friends. I am grateful for the support I do have.

But to hear what you guys go through. Field trips with kids. Camping trips. Filling reservoirs so your child doesn't have to deal with it. Helping your kids to realize where their out of range blood sugars come from without being judgmental. Showing up at every clinic appointment on time with your kids helping them to communicate best with the doctor.

You guys are amazing. Your patience, your problem solving, your support. I'm envious of your kids.

Pricking their fingers even though you don't want to. And they certainly don't want you too. But being as gentle as possible, and just making it part of life and easy as cheese. Changing sites or giving shots even when you don't want to. And again, they don't want you to. Even if they beg you not to. Even if you think missing one shot won't hurt. Because you know it's what's good for them. And as a parent that's priority. Staying up late at nights for 3 am checks. Losing sleep because you care so much. And never want anything to harm them. Recognizing it's not just the here and now. But the future. And praying for a cure for their future. And ours. And putting those prayers into real life action at fund raiser after fund raiser.

So as we are here in between Mother's Day and Father's Day, a special kudos to all you parents who deal with your sweet kids, while making your non-d kids never feel left out.

High five. And then some.

10 comments:

Scott K. Johnson said...

I agree - very well said.

I also have a lot of admiration and respect for most parents in general, but magnified manyfold for those who are parenting kids with diabetes.

julia said...

Wow. Thank you. That was lovely to read. I'm all sniffly and teary-eyed now.

Jamie said...

Ok, you made me cry ..... LOL - there goes the mascara *sniff sniff*.

Thanks for writing that - it really did make me feel good :) I'm sorry to hear that your parents haven't taken an active role in your Diabetes care - even though you are all grown up ....

Take care, hang in there and someday there WILL be a cure .... just wish I knew when ...

karondaray said...

Thanks so much for this, this is what parents want to hear right now from thier children. But i know it will be many many years before i hear this from thier mouths. Its great to be thought of like that. Thanks

Shannon said...

You really hit the spot with this post.

It's a shame your parents weren't willing to help support you. But like you said, you have support from the OC and I for one will always be available day or night if you ever need to talk (aka email).

Sandra Miller said...

Megan, thank you.

I'm writing through tears. This was just a beautiful post... and well, thank you for it.

Vivian said...

Thank you Megan. Just know the OC is willing to be surrogate parents for you anytime you need us. Of course we will have to discuss the whole issue of allowance.=)

terrilynn said...

What a sweet post. Thank you!

Kelsey said...

Great post Megan!

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog within the OC community. And bookmarked this wonderful community! (We're new to pumping since my 9-yr-old was just hooked up 3 days ago).

Thank you for that post! I saved it to read again whenever I'm feeling a bit down.
Bless.
:)
~Diana