As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to talk about the lifelong influence a mother has on her children. I read stories every day on facebook from the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) about the sacrifice moms make for their Type 1 Diabetic kids. These are terrific moms who would walk on hot coals if they thought it would help. Each and every one of them would take on their child’s suffering if they could. They would trade places with them in a heart beat! That’s a mother’s love – and there is no substitute for it!
Today is NATIONAL TEACHER’S DAY but I want to recognize the mothers of Type 1 Diabetic children. They are so diligent, and in the process they are sleep deprived and frustrated with the disease, but they have their kid’s backs! They will be there if the world walks away.
Some parents of type 1’s have invested (and they are not cheap) in a service dog to help detect a high or low blood sugar in their kids. These special dogs really do take a weight of worry from the parents. As I understand it, there is a certain odor – sweet for high and a sort of metallic kind of odor for low – on the child’s breath. I can’t imagine how they train those dogs to do that, but I’m so glad they do.
Every mom is great, but the mom of a type 1 diabetic is vigilant! They set the alarm so they can do those lovely 3am tests and injections. Often I see a comment on facebook from one of the moms – something like – it was a bad night – and I need a nap! My thoughts and prayers are with them. It’s such a challenge but those kiddos are sure worth it!
All moms are great, but the mom of a Type 1 Diabetic is a Super Hero! ❤