Acronyms for parents of kids with Type 1 Diabetes Part 1

We can be funky too! There are so many funny acronyms out there. They are constantly evolving and a reflection of the world around us. This got me thinking about how parents of young people with Type 1 Diabetes should have their own set of acronyms.

So many acronyms start with FO (Fear of). So where do we start?

FOS-Fear of Sleepovers. There is no fear of missing out (FOMO) in this house as my son does everything but I do worry when he has sleepovers. He is bright and sensible but he is also a teenager and I have learnt that I cannot always rely on others to be there for him. All this said, he has had lots of sleepovers and lives to tell the tale. In order to deal with my FOS, I have become a …

HOS – Host of Sleepovers. Yes, don’t you just love it after a week of work! Teenagers raiding your stash of chips and biscuits, and messing up your house. But, your child is home and happy so it’s all worthwhile!

FOBNO- Fear of Big Nights Out. Moving on from sleepovers, my boy is now hitting the party scene with all its fun and temptations. Why shouldn’t he? We have run through scenarios on what to do in different situations. We have driven many kilometres at godawful hours of the night, dodged kangaroos on country roads, been a total embarrassment in unattractive night attire, so we can pick him up and bring him home to sleep in his own bed.

Now onto Love!

LAHOS -Love and Hatred of Sport. That familiar feeling of wanting your child to be sporty and active but knowing with certainly that the start of a new sporting season heralds crazy blood glucose levels, extra checks done during the night while insulin levels are adjusted and the need to be ultra organised when packing for a sporting event.

LODE- Love of Diabetes Educator. We are so lucky and as my boy grows so does his appreciation of what this amazing lady does for us. She is our guardian angel, has seen us at our best and worst but never judges or makes us feel anything but special.

WDD- Worry Deep Down. We learn to live in the present, enjoying what we are doing yet supporting the gnawing presence of WDD. It’s an amazing skill I have observed in parents of kids with particular health issues. We are the ultimate multi taskers. We can LOL and WDD at the same time.

The most common acronyms are universal when related to diabetes. Constantly living with NFI not knowing WTF is coming next!

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Sourdough, Simplicity and Sisterhood.

I’ve been learning how to make sourdough and slowing down enough to enjoy the steps involved has given me lots of thinking time.

There’s a real simplicity to the process which would have frustrated the hell out of me a couple of years ago but I am enjoying it. If I rush, I get it wrong and the sourdough does not work out. I keep the starter in the fridge and on days when I’m not making a loaf, I try to remember to feed this precious starter in order to keep it alive and thriving.

I wake up at crazy times, hoping that the proofing process has worked its magic overnight and that the dough has risen nicely. It’s the best way to start the day. I put the oven on, heat up the cast iron pot in the oven and a bowl of water on the oven floor to create the atmosphere which results in the perfect crunchy crust. 

It’s a very low tech procedure which modern technology has not replaced. It seems to thrive on the love and care! Am I turning into some crazy old hippy?

All this puts me in mind of parenting! The other word for the starter is the ‘mother’. Those who are into making sourdough guard their ‘mother’ with care. Some have been on the go for generations, feeding entire families for decades  I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.

The mother must be nurtured and cared for or the bread will not work and what is produced will become inedible.

I am nurturing three teenage sons. This requires a lot of effort, consistency and care to produce the desired results: good men! I need to be on form for this to happen. If I am not taking care of myself then I cannot look after my boys. 

As part of what I do, I am the mum of an almost 17 year old son who has Type 1 Diabetes. Whilst his brothers are equally loved, there is an extra element of care needed here. It is what it is! He takes care of himself and I’m looking ahead and trying to envisage a time when he leaves home. In the meantime, I am catching a few early morning lows as I get up to put on the oven and the thinly sliced sourdough and egg combo that we’re having for brekie seems to be agreeing with his bgls. That’s what we call a win, win!

The Diabetes Australia #WDD2017 campaign #SuperSHEroStrong caught my eye today just as I was kneading my sourdough and so I would like to send my love, my thoughts and a whole heap of sassy sisterhood out to all the women in the diabetes community: those who have diabetes, and those who support others with diabetes too!