You know you're the parent of a child with diabetes when ...
- In your search for change at the bottom of your purse to pay for an item at the register, you also find used test strips.
- The first thing you look at in the Sunday paper is the drugstore ads to see which meters are on sale.
- In conversation, your husband describes his personality as Type 1 instead of Type A.
- You are doing calculations at work and your fingers automatically punch in the carb factor for calculating your son's carb bolus instead of the numbers in front of you.
- Your d-daughter knows the Girl Scout cookies with the fewest carbs per cookie and uses that in her sales pitch to everyone---diabetic or not!
- You keep your insulated diaper bag because it makes a great insulin carrier, even though your youngest child is 6 and 1/2.
- Your child starts saving used pump tubing, site covers, and cartridges to make a "here's what it's like to be diabetic" sculpture.
- Your three year old who doesn't have diabetes is pretending to read the carbohydrate information on all the boxes at the grocery store and is saying, "Nope too many carbs for sister" on everything she picks up.
- Most of the cleaning in your house is done on an ad-hoc basis with alcohol wipes.
- Your 4 year old NON-diabetic child comes in at night and says, "My blood sugar was 65 and I need to eat something" and uses that as an excuse to stay up late!
- The coffee pot or other kitchen appliance beeps and your child says, "That wasn't me!" (Quote from my 3 year old after beginning pumping.)
- You come home and ask you son how he is doing and he answers with a number.
- Your child never gets the broken crackers from the box -- it's too hard to count carbs on those broken pieces!
- You ask your child, "Did you test?" and the child nearby says in a panic, "What test? When was it?"
- Your 7 year old announces at school that he has lost his "site" and his classmates think he has gone blind!
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