My favorite thing in the world is being a wife and mother, but I must say, it's a pretty demanding occupation! My 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job requires me to stretch my skills in so many areas. I get to be a cook, a housekeeper, an educator, a nurse, a cab driver, a bookkeeper, a therapist... I could go on and on. Having a child with type 1 diabetes brings a whole new element of skills and abilities to the job description! Being a mother is not only physically demanding, but emotionally exhausting as well. I'm not worried about making a print deadline or drafting the next quarterly sales report, but I worry about my shareholders -- my little human beings that depend on me! Like any job, it's so important to take a break now and then to renew, refresh and keep from getting completely burned out.
When I think about taking a break from my daily duties of motherhood, my mind usually wanders. I daydream of sitting with my honey on a beach in Tahiti or taking a trip with my sisters-in-law to a villa at the southern tip of France. Although I have had several opportunities over my last almost 10 years of motherhood to escape from the kids and go on some well-deserved trips, it's not always practical to get away as often as I'd like. Major vacations are too few and far between to really be enough of a break. The everyday things I do for myself are what get me through the busy days, months and years of being a mom.
These are some of the things I try to do to refill my mommy tank:
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.