What is Diabetes Blog Week? For those of you who haven’t participated before, the idea of Diabetes Blog Week is that bloggers sign up to post about a set topic each day for a week. This way, readers can jump around the D-Blog Community and get a plethora of different perspective on a single topic.
“Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one’s daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don’t see?”
My daughter is not a number. She is not another face in the crowd, or just one more diabetic kid. She is the only one like her. She is smart, and kind, and compassionate, and driven. There are many other children out there just like her, but she is the only one that lives with her actions and the consequences of those actions. Our doctors have given us a treatment plan for her diabetes that we follow to the best of our ability, MOST of the time. There are times that we make adjustments as we see fit, based on external factors. There are even times when I have made adjustments based solely on my maternal instincts, which I have yet to regret. I am not a doctor, but our doctor is not a mother either. He has laid the foundation for a plan that will carry Olivia through life in the healthiest, most productive way possible. We must also remember that while Olivia is the same child that she was in March of 2012 when she was diagnosed, her likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies have changed drastically and will continue to do so in the years to come. There is absolutely no way that our doctor can spend enough time with each of his patients to give every one a completely tailored and individualized treatment plan. Honestly, that would require him moving in with us and being with us 24/7. Since that’s not going to happen, it becomes our job as parents. We are forced to do the job of our doctors with no previous notice, experience, or consent. Things such as making insulin dose changes, preforming blood tests, deciphering how food in medicine are working (or not working) together in our children’s bodies, how exercise, illness and stress factor into all of these,(because Lord knows they do!) and so many other elements, become a part of our daily life with, literally, a moments notice. Our wonderful doctors have years of academic as well as personal experience by the time our stories cross their desks. Not to detract from the importance of these things, but nothing is more powerful, or more motivating than the love of a mother for her child. We learn through trial and error, but we do our very best and every decision is made with our child’s best interest at the heart and soul. If I could say anything to our doctor (how ironic that we have our check up tomorrow?) it would be THANK YOU for giving me the foundation and the confidence to keep my sweet girl happy, healthy, and productive. Thank you for giving me the ability to make sure that Olivia and her twin sister Madison are presented with the same opportunities and can share the same experiences in life. More than anything, THANK YOU for saving my baby’s life, and giving me the knowledge, the tools and the POWER to continue to do so on a daily basis.
With that being said, if my doctor never finds out that I feel accomplished if I actually remember to change all of the lancets once a week, we will probably all sleep just a little easier. Choose your battles, right?