My diabetes is a baby.

My diabetes is a baby. It needs caring for 24/7, with no weekends, holidays, or even time off. The only difference with the arrival of diabetes and the arrival of a baby is that with a baby you at least had several months to prepare yourself.

My diabetes a baby. It wakes me up in the night, crying for food. Sometimes I have to set an alarm to check on it. I have to care for it before I let myself sleep. It’s the first thing I tend to when I wake up in the morning.

My diabetes is a baby. I have to make sure food establishments are suitable for us. I have to make sure my drink is suitable for it, and question the waiter about food content to make sure I’m not harming it.

My diabetes is a baby. I have to make sure I can work around the needs of my diabetes. I need to be able to check my blood sugar when I need to. I need to be able to run to the bathroom when nature calls.

My diabetes is a baby. I don’t choose when diabetes cries, and when it does it has my full attention. I can’t afford to do anything else but tend to it until it has settled. Sometimes this means missing out on things. Sometimes this means I have to wait out the storm on my own.

My diabetes is a baby. It’s one I’ve been forced to adopt, didn’t want, or can give up. It will never grow up, nor will it ever leave me. My diabetes is a baby, it’s my baby…for life.

Diabetes Blog Week

I wrote this post for Diabetes Blog Week – an annual blogging event designed to share different perspectives over the same topic, and to make connections and better understand Diabetes. Today I used a wildcard topic – ‘Diabetes Personified’ and aims to personify your diabetes so people can understand it a little better.

11 thoughts on “My diabetes is a baby.

  1. Ally says:

    Nice! This is the first wildcard I’ve seen so far. Perfect analogy- especially the late nights with diabetes! In my non-parent naivety, I often assume diabetes will always keep me up more than a future baby ever will!


  2. Kelley says:

    Great post! A perfect way to describe diabetes (although now that I have a 6 month old who is going through a sleep regression, I’m not sure which one keeps me up more!)


  3. Frank says:

    Love your analogy! The most agree with the first one though – if you hear me complain about diabetes, you’ll probably hear me say something along the lines of that.


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