You know you're the parent of a child with diabetes when ...
- You grab the meter after cutting YOURSELF - that big drop of blood's just too perfect to waste!
- Everyone in the family comes to you to test their kids just to make sure.
- You test your non-D child whenever she begins drinking too much.
- You don't care about the nutritional content of the food you're buying, just how many carbs per serving it has!
- Your child is cranky and you ask "are you high?" and you don't mean drugs!
- You're proud when your 3 year old can 'aim' to hit the ketone test strip.
- You can't let your kid take an afternoon nap without first checking for a low.
- You've forgotten what the phrase "good night's sleep" means.
- Instead of whispering "sweet nothings" to each other in the middle of the night, you and your spouse are talking about blood sugar numbers.
- You sneak into your child's room at night just to make sure they are still alive.
- You are afraid to give them the freedom that you gave your other kids because "something" might happen.
- You clean the lint trap of your clothes dryer and find a bunch of test strips.
- "Let me shoot you up" has a whole new meaning for a teenager.
- You glance at the digital thermostat, which reads 68, and immediately run for glucose tabs.
- You look at all children's wrists to see if anyone else is wearing a medic alert bracelet.
- You and spouse play "guess the carb count" and keep score!
- You get suspicious looks from the cashier at the store when pointing out the "free" gum to your child.
- You base your entire self-worth on your kid's last A1C!
- You've ever accidentally used Cake Mate as lip gloss (and it was green!).
- Your spouse, you and your child place wagers on what the blood sugar test will reveal.
- There are test strips EVERYWHERE -- in the beds, under the beds.
- You look into your purse (now a back pack), and there are no longer brushes or makeup. It looks more like the doctors little black bag.
- You can't look at a plate of food without counting the number of carbs.
- You get up at 3 a.m. with the baby (non-d) and check her blood sugar before you give her a bottle.
- You realize just how nuts you look when you dip the ketone/glucose stick in a soda just to make sure that it is diet.
- It takes you three hours to go grocery shopping, because you are checking every label.
- Snacks are divided up into Baggies with carb counts written on them in black magic marker.
- Your husband's beeper goes off and the first thing you check is the insulin pump.
- You are able to set up the meter and get the lancet into the device half asleep with only one eye open.
- Your child has gone away for camp, and you start dreaming that you are the one that needs shots and blood checks.
- Test strips are everywhere! You know your child was somewhere because you found a test strip in the dirt by the garbage can, not to mention under the couch, bed, rug, car seats, etc.
- In a last ditch effort to get the carbs in, you consider a cupcake to be a food group.
- Your child doesn't want to wake up early on a Saturday morning it sends you into a tailspin looking for the meter. Previously, you would take this time to enjoy a few cups of coffee and the peace and quiet.
- Your child falls asleep on a road trip and you wonder whether he's low or just tired.
- Your non-D toddler comes and tells you her pump has come unclipped to get attention.
- You're on a first name basis with the nurse at your child's school.
- Your son's report card from school says that he has learned to manage his diabetes well during the second semester.
- You can't find a measuring cup.
- Your child with diabetes eats more candy than the rest of your kids do, and it for his/her own health.
- Your back hurts from your purse being so heavily loaded with carbs and diabetes supplies.
- You get at least one good night's sleep in a month because you forgot to set the alarm for 2 am.
- You hand out glucose tabs to the neighbor kids instead of candy treats.
- Other parents contact you to find out how you get your kids to drink more water than pop.
- You encourage your child to eat candy to bring them out of a low and then say, "You want a sandwich?"
- You have syringes in your purse that fall out when you pull your wallet out and get VERY funny looks. (REALLY a riot when you are showing ID to an officer!)
- Your child asks if breast milk is sugar free for the baby.
- People think your child gets bit by chiggars a lot on their arms from testing blood sugars.
- You tell your child to "check their sugar" and the kid next to them starts pulling candy out of their pockets to show how much they have.
- The latest styles and designs in kit bags are more exciting than purses.
- You tell someone your child's blood sugars and say they were high or low and they give you a look like "Oh yeah?" and then you realize you have to explain what the norms are.
- People don't understand when you get excited about a new diabetic product and can't wait for it to come in more than a new house, car, etc.
- Halloween consists of weighing the bag of candy to get an estimate of dollar worth in exchange for the treats.
- Holiday's consist of getting candy that will keep to treat lows.
- Your non D child says they are low to get candy too.
- Your non D child says they are low to get out of doing something physical (cleaning a room, etc.).
- Your child asks, "When am I not going to have diabetes anymore?"
- The top shelf in the refrigerator door is reserved for bottles of insulin instead of eggs.
- You have a list posted on your fridge with 20 different phone numbers to call "In Case Of An Emergency."
- You have the symptoms of hypo and hyperglycemia posted prominently in your home.
- You know what glucagon is and what it does.
- You refill prescriptions for strips and insulin just as soon as your insurance will let you, just in case!
- You supply the neighborhood with sugar free popsicles.
- You supply the neighborhood with flavored water.
- You are always handing 1 oz snacks out to your child's friends.
- Your teenager says "I've been really high today" and she means blood sugar!
- I'm out with the boy I wear a "fishing" vest. Lots of pockets loaded down with test kit, glucose, glucagon, snacks.
- Your car is full of food and juice boxes, and your pocketbook too!
- You know more doctors than your grandmother.
- People ask your advice on the best pharmacy in town.
- You lay awake at night wondering if those three glucose tabs you just gave him are going to rot his teeth.
- Your year is broken up into endo visits every quarter.
- You know which tech at the clinic can draw blood for an A1C with very little pain.
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