Things a Diabetic Mom Says




I say a lot of things to my kids that my parents said to me growing up.  But It just occurred to me I say a lot of things I never heard them say.  Such as…

“No sweetie, don’t throw my insulin vial!”

“Nooo! Don’t put that test strip in your mouth!”

“Yes it has fun buttons but that meter is not a toy.”

“Mommy is giving an insulin shot, can you say i-n-s-u-l-i-n  s-h-o-t?”

“Sorry I can’t pick you up right now, I’m high”

“Hold on to that book honey, mommy needs sugar right now”

“You want more water, son?  More?  Don’t worry me, please child.”

“Aww, you handed me my syringe, thank you!”

“No biting the medical alert bracelet please, I might need that.”

“Go with your daddy, mommy needs to test”


Some of these will be fun to say in public!

I can see my kids are going to know a lot about diabetes by the time they are five.  It will be as natural as my hair color- (cough!) 

Seriously, those of you who have diabetes and have children, do you hold back on diabetes talk with your kids or does it tend to just come out?  I don’t even think twice about it.  These things are natural to my life and therefore I imagine when my kids think of me this stuff will just be a part of it.  Not the most important part but ever present. 

As your children got older did you explain more about diabetes or do you think we should protect them from all the details?  I’m going back and forth.  My kids aren’t even two yet but these are things I think about…

3 thoughts on “Things a Diabetic Mom Says

  1. Reyna Maher

    OMGosh, I never thought of all the funny things from a mommy PWD perspective that get said. I don’t know about what you should/should not tell them. I have found that with Joe and Bridget simple, honest explainations as they are ready and/or ask seem to work the best.

    GREAT PIC of you and the kids Sysy!

  2. Debi Henson

    I don’t think I ever stopped to think about it. My girls grew up playing doctor with my empty vials and used syringes (no needle!). I would tell them that it was my medicine and that seemed to be enough for them. The trick was when I was low, and I would eat Skittles or something, and they would say ‘that’s not fair’ and ‘that’s not medicine!’. It took awhile, but they caught on. Yes, I did eventually share my Skittles…

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