Don't tell anyone, ok?
But the truth is diabetes has kind of taken a back seat the past couple of months.
Not back seat like, "Oh my gosh! I locked my kid in the back seat of the car with the windows up in 130 degree temperatures for 48 hours and I totally didn't notice!"
More like, "Oh my gosh! You were so quiet watching your movie that I forgot you were back there for a few minutes!"
Diabetes never lets you forget about it for long. Even if you actually TRY.
We've had so much going on. There hasn't been time to pour over numbers. Obsess about what's not working. I simply haven't had it in me to THINK about much of anything. It's been one foot in front of the other.
And that's actually not been so bad.
There's truth in that.
I haven't had time to deal with diabetes. Or the emotions that come with it.
And after a while... that pretending (or forgetting or ignoring or whatever) kind of stuck.
And it was nice to forget for a while.
But pretending can't last forever. Diabetes only stays in the background so long. It starts seeping in. Like it or not.
The flash of the meter. The trembling of hands. The stains of blood. A tear. A comment.
And all the pretense crumbles.
There it is. The pain, sadness, frustration, fear, anger, overwhelmed feeling is back.
Only.... it's different.
It's not quite the same. Not quite as strong.
Maybe it's knowing that you can survive just fine when you're not on your A game all the time. Maybe it's knowing that your child's A1c can stay exactly the same without all the obsessing. Maybe it's realizing that you can take a little mental break from time to time and everyone stays alive. Maybe it's seeing that you don't have to put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect, to be "ON" all the time.
Whatever the reason, I'll take it.
Another weapon to add to D arsenal.
** While I highly recommend taking a mental break from the pressures of the D life, I do NOT recommend giving your significant other a heart attack in order to do so. There must be a better way. I, however, am stubborn so it takes a lot get the point across for me! As always, this is not medical advice. Please don't leave your child in the car or decide to ignore diabetes completely for days on end. Although both sound quite nice from time to time - in reality they are very bad. You have been warned.**