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Sunday, October 27, 2013

When the Caregiver is Sick

My last post was about how early in the year it seems for all of "this illness" to be going around. Kids seem to be getting sick left and right! And guess what happens after the kids get sick? Yep! You guessed it! The parents get sick! 

So, that is what I have been doing for the past week. Surviving. 
Because being sick when you have kids is hard enough. 
Being sick when you have kids with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes is an entirely different thing all together. 

When most people get sick they feel terrible, as we all do. Head pounding. Coughing. Fever. Aching. Can't move. 
The key difference is when you take that heavenly dose of NyQuil at night after a dreadful day of suffering and can't wait for your head to hit the pillow for some rest, you would expect to finally get some rest. But after hours of feeling terrible and you are about to drift off into some much needed sleep, the big D-MONSTER decides to creep in and pay you a visit! Head delightfully twirling and ready to drop off to sleep you hear the glucose monitor alarm! AAAHHHH!!!! 

I would have to say, I feel I am a pretty good sport about going sleepless almost any other time of the year. That being said, it is worth acknowledging here that most parents of T1Ds are sleepless either many or most nights. But sometimes, you just NEED to get some rest and do you know what? There is no break from type 1 diabetes. 

When that alarm goes off (indicating a high or low blood sugar), it must be dealt with properly if you don't want to see adverse and unsafe things happen. Feel well or not. Walk or crawl to the next room on all fours, that high or low blood sugar must be corrected. Now, this isn't to say I won't be more tolerant of a stubborn 200 at 3am than I would normally be because, well, we are talking about a sliding scale of my discomfort to her safety level here. Will things slide a little bit depending on my level of pain or discomfort? Sure. No matter how much I hate to admit it, I am not superhuman or invincible. I am not perfect. I can only accomplish what I am capable of accomplishing. And as long as I am keeping her safe and healthy and her physicians concur, than I can be pleased that I am doing a good job. 

So, I break out the trusty fail-safe cures and power-through...

 I hope everyone out there is staying healthy! This was a nasty cold/virus/whatever it was! I leave you all with germ-free wishes for upcoming weeks (and months!)