“…my 11 year old daughter who was diagnosed with diabetes a few years back?”
That was the question that was posed to me just a few weeks after I got out of treatment – by a pharmacist in Reno.
That’s a hard question I thought to myself – 1 thing. 1 piece of advice. She’s the age now that I was when I was diagnosed – some much from those tween years had helped form the rebellion in me against diabetes that led me down a path that took me to treatment.
I stood there and I thought quite hard for several moments.
In the end I told her – I wouldn’t tell your daughter anything – the one piece of advice I would give – I will give to you; for you.
“Let your daughter eat what she wants, just make sure she appropriately doses for it.”
What came next broke my heart.
“Really?!?!” she said “We limit what she can eat – make sure she doesn’t eat sugar or other bad things that cause her blood sugar to rise.”
I reinforced what I had said – but the anger swelled inside my head “seriously! it’s been 20 years since my diagnosis – so much has changed – we know better now!!! why is this miseducation still circulating?!?!?!?!????”
I guess that is why I’ve begun blogging about my trip to The Center for Hope of the Sierras; because even with the advancements in what is known about diabetes and the different ways we can care for it; there’s still a world of miseducation out there – and that old thinking – the old thought processes – are just as destructive today if not moreso than they were 20 years ago.
I think if I hadn’t just stepped out of a residential program regarding my diabetes – my answer might have been different – but based on her response to what I told her – I know I said the right thing.
What advice would you have given?