In honor of it being Mother’s Day, I want to dedicate this post to my mom. She has been supportive my whole life, but everything she has done to help me manage my diabetes and the sacrifices she has made in doing so, mean so much to me. Every step of the way, she has been there for me. Through every low blood sugar, every high blood sugar, the tears of frustration, the joys of my record low A1C. She’s been there for it all.
My mom gets the brunt of my emotions. She’s the person I cry to when I am so tired of the up and down blood sugars and am completely exhausted. She’s the person whom I yell at and argue with when I don’t realize my blood sugar is low, and she is trying to get me to test because she can clearly tell that I am low. She’s the person who tries to calm me down when I’m stressed and fed up with everything that comes with managing diabetes.
Every night, my mom sacrifices her sleep by waking up every few hours to test my blood sugar so that I can get a full night’s sleep. At night, she makes the critical decisions of when and how much juice to give me if my blood sugar is low or how much insulin to give if I’m too high. Sure these are decisions I make everyday of my life, but she’s learned enough about diabetes that she is able to make these decisions just as well as I would.
She’s the one who gives me a bite of her dessert or candy bar before she eats it. She keeps me on track during my sick days by making sure my blood sugar is checked and that my blood sugar doesn’t go too high. She always makes sure I have all the supplies I need before leaving for the day.
My mom is my cheerleader, my biggest supporter. I don’t know what I would do or how I would manage type 1 diabetes without her. Thank you for everything you do, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!