I wish I could say that diabetes went away for us last weekend, and we didn't have to worry about it at all. Well, I guess that's kind of true -- we went away, and someone else got to take care of diabetes!
My husband and I just got back from a little trip this weekend. We didn't go far -- just a couple hours away, for just a few days, but it was a much-needed break! My brother and sister-in-law were kind enough to agree to watch the kids for us. It wasn't the first time we were able to take a break -- we have left Kaitlyn overnight before. However, it was a definite first for my sister-in-law. She's watched Kaitlyn many times during the day and is very familiar with the diabetes routine, but I was nervous to ask so much of her. It was already a lot to ask her to watch all my kids, but to ask her to be there round-the-clock and probably lose precious sleep for a couple of nights in a row… that was above and beyond the call of duty. Bless her heart -- she rolled up her sleeves, shooed us out the door, and told us she had it all under control. Amazing!
The first night we were gone, I kept waking up during the night, wondering how all of the kids were doing, how Kaitlyn was doing, and how my sister-in-law was doing. I woke up fairly early the next morning and texted her first thing to ask her how the night went. I was relieved to find out that everything went fine. Sensing I was pretty anxious, she told me to just relax. "Don't worry and enjoy your time away," she said. After that, I was able to calm down and enjoy myself. We had a great time relaxing and running around town without kids or diabetes to take care of. The next night, I made sure to fight the urge to wake up early and check someone's blood sugar. I slept in, and it felt wonderful. What a nice way to recharge my batteries.
I doubt I will ever be able to repay my sister-in-law in quite the same way, but I hope that somehow I'll be able to show my appreciation. Having family and friends that I can depend on for love and support (and a weekend getaway) is something that money can't buy!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.