Thursday, November 7, 2013

PWD vs Parent of CWD

PWD = person with diabetes. 
Parent of CWD = child with diabetes. 

Which would I rather be? I'd rather be a PWD hand's down. I can't imagine being the parent of a CWD. I worry about my kids enough as it is. Now I do know that if any of my children wound up being diagnosed with diabetes that I would do what I needed to do, but I hope and pray that never happens. 

I think parents who get up several times a night to test and retest, plan meals and schedules, count carbs, and do all of the things they need to do are amazing. I know they're "just doing what needs to be done." It's still amazing! They have mama worry/guilt at a whole 'nother level!

As a PWD, I don't have to sit at home worrying if my kid has too many or too few carbs, if glucose levels are high or low, if someone got into the Halloween candy, etc. I know what my diabetic is doing every single moment of every day - because I am that diabetic. Now I will say that I am blessed that my mother is still around and she still worries about me, but she also has a different diabetic that she cares for 24/7 - herself. Yes, we were both blessed with Type 2 genetics. However, as people who like to be in control, it is somewhat less stressful for each of us to be the diabetic instead of the parent responsible for the care of a diabetic.

Tonight as I get ready for bed, I plan to say a special prayer for all of you parents of children with diabetes, regardless if they're young children, teens, or adults. Whether newly diagnosed or an old pro. May God bless you and keep your CWD safe!

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