As a mom with T1D, my personal goal is to never ever need my children’s assistance with my bg. I do not want them to feel responsible for my well-being. I do not want them to feel like they have to keep an eye on me. Maybe my grip on that will loosen up as they get older…thinking tween or teenager…but they are too young in my book right now. I have not yet ever passed out. I hope to never pass out. I don’t even ask them to grab me tabs or juice boxes. But they do see this stuff stashed around the house.
Having said that, T1D is a big part of our daily household life. They see me test, inject, change pods, etc. My 5 year old is SUPER tuned in to my diabetes. He asks questions. He always double checks where my pod is before he snuggles up next to me on the couch. He asks if different foods have a lot of sugar in them.
Today as he and I were getting ready to take our dog on a long walk, he informed me (in his adorable little speech delayed enunciation) that he had packed Sweet Tarts in his pocket for me in case my blood sugar needed it. And he double checked whether I had my pump supplies (he means my PDM) with me. These points amazed me because he clearly knows Sweet Tarts have sugar in them…but they are not ever something I eat or use to treat lows. And he’s never asked about me carrying my supplies with me.
A few weeks ago, my five year old came out to the garage with me when I was hanging curtains. He let me know that he had grabbed two juice boxes and put them on the toolbox in case I needed them. He never seems worried when he says these things. Just matter of fact.
I love that he is situationally aware. I just don’t know how I feel about him seemingly taking this on as a responsibility of his.