One of our family's favorite games is "Would You Rather." It's especially great for long trips in the car, long lines at an amusement park or anytime we need a little something to help pass the time. It's a very simple game. All you do is ask, "Would you rather…" and then give two options. It's fun to see what questions people come up with as well as what responses everyone gives. The other day I asked my husband, "Would you rather be completely bald or have hair that grows so fast that you would have to cut it every three days?" He picked the fast-growing hair. I didn't know hair meant that much to him!
I decided to play the game with Kaitlyn. This is how our game went:
My Question: Would you rather have me test your blood sugar or you test yourself?
Her Answer: Have me test myself.
My Question: When you're low, would you rather have juice or candy?
Her Answer: Candy! Have any peach rings?
My Question: Would you rather let me brush your hair and put it in a pony tail or get a shot?
Her Answer: Shot!
My Question: Would you rather have a pump or do shots all day long?
Her Answer: Pump! The shots kind of hurt a little bit.
My Question: When you're at school, would you rather test your blood sugar in front of the other kids or when you're by yourself?
Her Answer: Not in front of the other kids. They ask too many questions!
My Question: When you're going on a field trip, would you rather have me or Nurse Laura come?
Her Answer: I would want you to come, Mama, but I really, really like Nurse Laura!
My Question: Would you rather eat broccoli and carrots or noodles?
Her Answer: Noodles. But later I would eat the broccoli and carrots because I want to be healthy!
My Question: Would you rather go see a movie at the movie theater or go to your hospital to see your diabetes doctor?
Her Answer: Hospital! Wouldn't it be fun if there was a movie theater at the hospital?
My Question: Would you rather brush your teeth or test your blood sugar?
Her Answer: Test!
My Question: Would you rather have diabetes or have to clean your room every day?
Her Answer: Diabetes! Cleaning my room every day is boring!
I was a little surprised at a lot of her answers! It really puts into perspective how type 1 diabetes is so much a part of her life that it is hardly an inconvenience. For her, testing and dosing and going to the doctor are just things that she has to do, and she prefers these tasks to many other things! I think we often have the tendency to feel sorry for these kids who have to deal with managing diabetes every day, but we don't often feel sorry for making our kids learn good oral hygiene or making them pick their toys up off the floor. I can see now that with the right attitude, diabetes can be a natural part of life.
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.