Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our Diabetic Life: Puberty, in drawings.

Everyone knows puberty is a journey.

Living the journey is emotional

 Watching the journey is exhausting

But when Type 1 Diabetes is added to the sauce, the recipe to success becomes near impossible.

The outside of the body changes, yes. 

Emotional expressions become more aggressive, yes. 

But inside. INSIDE is where the real battle is fought...

 The need for insulin is increased as much as 400%. Which means you must give your child the same amount of insulin that would have surely killed him only a month before.

 And since you are pouring buckets of insulin into your child, the need for vigilance is paramount.

Thank goodness for blood sugar monitors, right?

But here’s the kicker:

The child, now in the puberty state, has completely lost the word vigilant from their vocabulary.  In fact, they’re pretty convinced they don’t have diabetes anymore.

 What are we as parents supposed to do?

We ask.

 We remind.

We beg.

To add insult to injury…they eat. Like every minute of every day.

So blood sugars go up, which means when they actually do check their blood sugars, they make no eye contact with you afterwards.

In the beginning this whole scenario was frustrating.

Now it’s a party.

The party doesn’t last long though. Eventually an Endo appointment has to happen.

Wah. Wah. Waaaaaah.

Thankfully, it doesn’t last forever. Even though it feels like it.

The eye rolls do fade and they begin to start doing things on their own again…

As a wise someone once said, “It all works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.”

Until then…keep watching them when they sleep. It’s super creepy, but they’re cute and innocent while in this state.

It will keep you going.

That's all I got.



  1. Love, love, LOVE this! My 11-year-old daughter is on the fringe of this, and I know what's coming. It's why I'm stockpiling wine and liquor. <3

  2. Boy do I feel this. I'm the giddy one when they check. It's obviously not I'll keep keeping on. Hugs, girl!

  3. Omg you just describe my life in the last year to a T! My son is 15 yrs old and was dx a month before his 10th birthday.

  4. So. True. Every word and cartoon. Wurd.

  5. Wow! This is our nearly 13 year old daughter to a tee! Love it!

  6. oh my goodness, this just made my morning that much better! Love the pics and humor! Have an awesome weekend Meri!

  7. So true. You are so right on.


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