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One Good Thing: Simple

May 15, 2012

Living with diabetes (or caring for someone who lives with it) sure does take a lot of work, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves if we aren’t “perfect”.  But today it’s time to give ourselves some much deserved credit.  Tell us about just one diabetes thing you (or your loved one) does spectacularly!  Fasting blood sugar checks, oral meds sorted and ready, something always on hand to treat a low, or anything that you do for diabetes.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate doing well!

When I was little, people would ask me “What is diabetes?” and I would say “I take insulin and I have to eat every two hours so my blood sugar stays where it’s supposed to.”  It wasn’t until I was older that I realized I didn’t really know what diabetes was, but I knew the hell out of how to take care of it.  When you’re diagnosed at three years old, people don’t worry about telling you what IT is, as much as they want you to know how to take care of it.  So that’s what I know.  As an adult, yes I do know what diabetes is, but it is still much harder for me to inform others about.

This is the thing though, I can simplify diabetes.  I’m really good at that.  It’s not because I’m not smart and it’s not becauase the people I’m around aren’t smart either, but they are young.  I explain diabetes to Boy & Girl Genius all the time; as they ask questions.  “Briley, how come you get to have juice and we don’t?”  “Briley, what’s that beeping sound?”  “Briley, how come you sit down at the table then immediately stand up and start pushing buttons?”  “Briley?  Briley?  Briley?”  I hear stories too.  I feel that when I’m in a room with adults, I can explain diabetes in the way that most adults understand, but I can also explain in a way to children that is not overwhelming, confusing or intimidating.  Sometimes I don’t want to answer these questions, especially if I’m low, but I’m so glad I get asked them.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    “but I knew the hell out of how to take care of it”

    Love that. 🙂

  2. May 15, 2012 12:23 PM

    Great post, Briley! It sounds like Boy and Girl Genius ask a lot of good questions. And I’m sure you give them great answers. 🙂

  3. May 15, 2012 8:21 PM

    Glad I found your blog! I like the “how come you get to have juice and we don’t?” situation. I had a lot of those questions from friends when I was in middle school. I got to have snacks in class, and they did not etc. I agree, explaining the situation to the younger crowd is easier. I think some older peeps have pre-conceived notions about diabetes too, so there is always a bit more to explain.

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