Well... today has finally arrived! The LAST DAY of November NaBloPoMo!
I truly didn't know if I could do it.... but I did. A post every.single.day in November!
Do you hear that? That's the sound of all the bloggers to the right exhaling!
It actually was a lot of fun and a lot less stressful than I thought it would be - even including the ER visit, bad sites, flat tires, strep and all the other nonsense we've dealt with this month!
I'll do it again... someday!
For my last November '10 NaBloPoMo post, I'm writing about an idea I got from a friend and fellow D Mama on Facebook.
Over the weekend, she asked for advice for a family dealing with a very new Type 1 diagnosis.
By the time I got to her post, there were already many, many people who had responded. And all left such wonderful words of wisdom.
And it made me think....
It was such a wonderful blessing to read that. Such a nice reminder...
And we ALL need that from time to time. Because we all go through slumps. We all go through hard times.
It doesn't matter if you've been living with D for one minute, one hour, one day, one year, one decade, or more.
It's still nice.
And it gave me an idea....
What a wonderful resource to put on my blog.... The wise words of Mamas and Papas and PWD's... A place you could always go to refresh and replenish your weary soul.
I'll compile your wisdom and make it into a tab that will always be available above.
So - let's hear it! I need YOU to make this work and be successful.
Leave me a comment and tell me:
What advice would you give to a newly dx'd family or person?
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
You can leave your name or go by Anonymous. You can leave your dx date or not...
I'll go first...
I wish I had known that the road ahead would not be a straight line - but a road full of dips and curves. You don't magically go from point A to point B... You take a few steps forward and then a step back... but just keep walking. Or crawling. Or being carried - FORWARD.
I would say that it's ok to feel whatever you feel. You don't have to put on a brave front or be "Miss Mary Sunshine".
Know that you are not alone. There is a wonderful community online to support you - when you're happy, sad, angry or up in the middle of the night.
A nurse told us at Dx, "She's going to be fine. She's just going to take a little more care than before."
Well, that was quite possibly the understatement of the year. BUT - she's right. You will be fine. It IS more care. But you can do it. You may not think you can - but you can.
We've all been there. Not one of us ever thought we'd ever have to stick a needle into our child's flesh. Certainly not every dang day, many times a day. We know you may hold back tears as you do it. We know your heart breaks a little every time. We know. We get it.
I could keep going... but I won't.
Because it's YOUR TURN!
Tell me what you think.
No, scratch that. Tell the person or the family sitting in the hospital RIGHT NOW. Right this very minute. Hearing that T1D is now in their life. Forever. It's not going away. There's no pill. Holding their baby. Scared. Confused. Sad. Overwhelmed. Angry. Frightened.
Tell them from your heart.
(I have no idea who these people are... Especially not the kinda scary guy - or guys - in the back. I found the pic online - and the message was perfect... so....just focus on the words, ok? Thanks!)