Diabetes: Wot so Funee?

Type 1 Diabetes - how a child is coping

Now I know what you’re thinking. What could possibly be funny about diabetes? And you’d be right. It’s not funny at all. Every single aspect of it is just bloody awful, and the fact that it is occurring to a child makes it infinitely worse. But you know what? She is doing it. All those fingerpricks, injections, snacking at odd moments, not snacking when she wants to – she is beginning to take it in her stride. And she has found things to laugh about – oh what a joy it is to see her infectious smile still there, to hear her finding humour in her affliction.

About 2 weeks into her diagnosis, walking home from school, my brave daughter totally floored me with this statement, out of nowhere:

Having diabetes is like buying something from a shop, then getting it home and finding it doesn’t work. So you take it back to the shop, but when you get there, the shop has closed down. So you can’t return it, or get a replacement.

She’s a whisker away from 10, but she says things like this. There’s a wise old head on her shoulders, and she breaks my heart and inspires my confidence in equal measure.

So there’s disappointment. Massive sadness about a broken toy she can never fix, return, or replace. A sense that she herself is somehow broken, imperfect, not what Santa intended when he packaged her up with so much hope and good cheer. And yet, an hour later she’s going through the Carbs and Cals book (her new bible) with a sense of irony that has us all in fits of laughter:

So between meals I can only have 10g of carbs at a time, right? So according to this I can have 10 cocktail sausages. That’s a brilliant snack! And look, if I only have 2 roast potatoes and 1 yorkshire pudding, I can have a full roast dinner as a snack!

I join in, wanting to prolong the joy of a good laugh as much as I can:

Hey, check this out. One slice of black pudding has exactly 10g of carbs! Shall I get some?

She gives me the look she normally reserves for her father when he dances.

No. Mother. But I can have 3 squares of chocolate, 3 giant pretzels, a mini Cornish pasty, or a bowl of Bombay Mix. What is Bombay Mix..?

She flicks through the pages, looking for more extremes:

A doner kebab has 80g of carbs. So that’s why Daddy needs a kebab when he’s had a few beers, right? Because alcohol lowers the blood sugar. Cinema popcorn is 160g – no wonder you feel sleepy after a film Mummy! And half a Victoria sponge is 79g. Who would want to eat that much cake?!!!

Who would ever eat that much Victoria Sponge?!

She starts to lose interest, and I move on, a moment of fun finished, and the necessary realities of the blood testing routine taking over as I begin to prepare dinner. Then she pipes up with one more cheeky observation:

Actually, I’m a bit peckish. Apparently I can have whole rack of ribs as a 10g snack. She winks at me. Stick the oven on, will you?

She’s perfect.

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20 thoughts on “Diabetes: Wot so Funee?”

  1. Sounds like she is starting to take it in her stride, and the person to go to for nutrition info. I suspect she’s learning much more than we would bother to know, good on her at such a young age. x

    • It is actually fascinating and has really made me rethink my choices when I’m going on a long run/understand what is happening to my body at various times. She will, as you say, know much more about nutrition and health, which is a good thing.

  2. Love it. Same goes for mealtimes in our house: “Mummy can you make me bacon and eggs? Go on, it’ll slow down the effect of Coco Pops…”

    • Heheh, they are canny aren’t they, to work this to their advantage somehow? I suspect my forthcoming birthday purchases have been rather influenced by this diagnosis too 🙂

  3. Fair play to her, for both learning to take her condition in her stride and finding humour in a difficult situation. It sounds like a complete nightmare, but she is dealing with it. You should be very proud! x

  4. Oh bless her! It sounds like she is getting to grips with it all, what an amazing girl! Such a life changing and horrible illness, I’m so glad that she can smile about it every now and then

  5. Children are amazingly strong at times, far stronger then us adults. We tend to stress more, feeling not only the stress of everyday life but the stress of our children. It is wonderful that your daughter can find humour as a way of coping, it tells us she will be fine after all.

    • I think you’re right. You feel it for your child, as well as for yourself. Plus as an adult you know the implications, but have to hide that fear from your children. So hard.

  6. She is great and I reckon she will continue to surprise you. Hard times, but I think you all have the strength to get through and go onwards. Thinking of you all

  7. In answer to the cake question – that would be me – I could eat half a victoria sponge in one go! Loving her observations about the roast dinner as a snack – just don’t tell my boys about that or they’ll be wanting roast dinner as a snack after school each day.

    She really does sound wise and brilliant! x

  8. Ah well done GG, you have really embraced the whole carbs n calls thing. A tip for you, Jack always gets to go into the kitchen at restaurants and meet the chef so the chef can show him portion sizes on his carbs n calls. He loves it, and has been in all sorts of great kitchen restaurants, his younger brother get so jealous.Also if you have a sweet tooth try the low fat Jelly sweets on my blog they are so easy to make and Jack loves then and can eat quite a few as a snack Tried to add the link but it thought it was spam

  9. She’s dealing better than many adults, and so are you! Really inspiring! Maybe you can reward her braveness… with a dog? They are tested to sniff sugar levels…. mydario.co.uk/blog/2014/11/10/can-dogs-smell-sugar-levels/


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