A few months after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I moved back home so I wouldn’t have to work multiple jobs while in graduate school (thanks Mom!). I was still getting used to the highs and lows of diabetes at that time and because I was taking the notoriously difficult NPH, the lows came pretty often.*
*side note: I used to think diabetes meant a person was low every day at lunch tie because I was – EVERY DAY!
One night around the holidays I was just hanging out on the couch when I suddenly felt low – desperately low. I yelled for my mom to come help me. She told me that she would be right there after she finished moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer. My (low) brain told me I couldn’t wait that long so by the time she found me I was halfway through a gift box of chocolates intended to be given a few days later to a friend. All that chocolate was not the best low treatment and I am sure now that I could have waited two more minutes for some help.
I had difficulty communicating my need for help during a low blood sugar at 22+ years old so I can’t imagine trying to communicate diabetes needs with someone who doesn’t yet have any words. That’s why I was so in awe listening to the parents in the newest group video from the You Can Do This Project. These parents all managed diabetes in their children under the age of 2.
I loved listening to the wisdom and words of encouragement and support from this group and think that they have great advice to share with anyone living with diabetes, no matter the age at diagnosis.