I wasn’t able to watch the episode until 1 am last night because I was otherwise occupied (cough… One Tree Hill… cough) during the first airing.
When I was accurately diagnosed, I was in my senior year of college. Although, I moved back home for graduate school I went to all my appointments alone and basically learned about this disorder as an ‘adult’.
That does not mean that my parents did not cry their own tears and worry about their child. I have a feeling no matter how old we get, our parents will worry about about their children – diabetes or not.
Add diabetes to the mix and that just gives them all the more to worry about. I would also think that giving your child control over something that actually means life or death to them is very hard. John’s parents were dealing with a lot. Some of John’s issues, and some of their own issues. Someone on one of the diabetes message boards said that he wasn’t dealing with any part of his life, not just the diabetes and that it was just a lot of hype that it was a story of a “diabetic out of control”. Part of me definitely agrees with that.
I just wish – for once – we got a REAL profile of diabetes in the mainstream media.
Here are some of my other thoughts on the episode (written in order as the show aired):
- I think they focused too much on John’s food choices. I know it is hard to give someone making poor choices control, but I think he also was rebelling a little from his lack of control in the other areas of his life.
- Was John’s primary problem his diabetes, or was it his depression and social frustrations? Feeling like you have nothing to live for and feeling like you have the absolute power to control that in your hands?
- Wow he looks thin! I wonder how often he was dealing with crazy high numbers and DKA…
- Not really relevant, but man was he using an old meter!
- That family pretty much hit the auto-immune jackpot didn’t they?!
- The dad’s got diabetes too. Gee, Intervention, thanks for the note about how well controlled he is. No offense, but he is probably a much easier to control Type 2 (no offense readers, but it is easier to control).
- I wish they would have hired a different ‘interventionist’. This guy does a lot of the episodes and I wish they would have had someone who knew a little more about the emotional implications of diabetes.
- “If you don’t take accountability for your actions, you will kill your mother”. What the heck?! I cannot see how they thought that would help. The kid is trying to kill himself and is obviously upset about his mother’s condition. That is why they needed someone with a working knowledge of diabetes.
- I am upset he was dismissed from treatment, but it looks like it helped him along the path. At least he looks like a normal weight now.
- “He has maintained normal blood sugar levels since September 29, 2008” And I’m the Queen of England! At the beginning of the episode they themselves said normal was between 80 and 120 and then when they show him testing post treatment he was at 78 (and about to do yardwork!).
- I wish they would not have wrapped the end of the episode up in such a nice, neat, perfect little package for him. That’s not what diabetes is and that does nothing for the friends and family who think we just have “a touch of the sugar”
On an somewhat related note, I have two doctors appointments tomorrow. 10 am at the endocrinologist for the I-pro (MM CGMS where only the doc sees the results) and 11:30 at the podiatrist for my toe. I will continue to keep you posted on both – whether you like it or not!
Please keep in mind this post was written between 1:15 am and 2:15 am if parts of it don’t make sense!