Summary: This month’s excerpt from Kids First, Diabetes Second comes from the chapter “Comfort for Kids.” Because diabetes is a day in and day out medical condition, it’s great to find ways to make it a little more fun.
That’s right, I said we should celebrate. When the one-year anniversary of my child’s diagnosis came, I didn’t mark the occasion. After interacting with people I had met online, I realized that celebrating small victories can really help us get through this with a more positive attitude. Many people mark their d-anniversaries, also called diaversaries by some, by having cupcakes, which I am finding is a very popular dessert among people with diabetes. (Just remember to bolus for them!) Anniversaries of the diagnosis date don’t have to be somber occasions; rather, I like to think that we are marking yet another year of living … and living well, despite diabetes.
There are other milestones you can mark with your child. Perhaps you use a sticker chart as an incentive for them to take on a certain diabetes task? The reward doesn’t have to be a large one, but filling that chart and saying “job well done” can go a long way.
I know I’ve said there are no bad blood sugar or good blood sugar numbers, but some people like to play a little game with their meters. Every time a “100” pops up on Q’s meter we take a photo of her showing off that perfect number. Some parents give their child a dollar for every 100. Of course, that’s an arbitrary number, but it’s a number that is probably within the target range of every person with diabetes. Q gets excited every time. Recently, she even had the assistant principal call me at work because a 100 popped up! Similarly, you can celebrate a “no-hitter,” which is a day in which all blood sugar checks are within target range. It may seem silly to you, but finding small victories to celebrate can add highlights to the otherwise routine diabetes tasks.
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Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.