Whenever I met my husband, one of the first things he told me was that he was a type one diabetic. Up until that night, I had never even heard of type one diabetes. As I soon found out, type one diabetes is diabetes that most commonly affects kids and researchers don’t understand why.
My husband was only 2 when he was diagnosed and, at the time, he almost died. The symptoms of type one diabetes are often overlooked in children and many times they are passed off as other illnesses.
Till this day, doctors screen kids for everything but diabetes. In fact, many times parents don’t find out their kids are diabetic until it’s too late, or almost too late. It’s a startling fact, but as a mother, the thought of a child dying because of undiagnosed diabetes is so upsetting.
While diabetic research has come a long way since my husband was diagnosed, 29 years ago, diabetics still need your help to find a cure. That’s why I feel it is important that people understand what it’s like to live with a type one diabetic.
There is Constant Beeping
Whenever your spouse is a type one diabetic, there is always a lot of beeping. You’ll wake up to beeping. You’ll go to bed with beeping. And, you’ll sleep with beeping. It’s almost like the beeping NEVER stops!
Most type one diabetics carry insulin pumps around with them to deliver their insulin. These pumps beep anytime the amount of insulin is getting low, batteries get low, or whenever their blood sugar needs checked. As if that wasn’t enough beeping, most type one diabetics also have sensors that beep whenever their sugar gets high, goes low, or start to fall or rise at fast rates.
Although some days the beeping annoys the heck out of me, these beeps have saved my husband’s life numerous times.
You NEVER Leave Home Without Extra Supplies
Leaving home without a handful of supplies is unheard of. As a wife of a type one diabetic, I know that you can’t get extra diabetic supplies at a regular pharmacy. Whenever we leave home, we always have to account for the fact that my husband’s pump could fall off. Without extra insulin supplies, my husband’s only option is a vial of insulin and begging a pharmacist for a needle.
Unlike parenting where if you forget something at home, you can buy new, whenever your loved one is a type one diabetic, you always have to leave home prepared.
You Worry About them Waking up in the Morning
Whenever your spouse is a diabetic, especially a juvenile diabetic, the possibility of their sugar going low at night is real. Waking up and having to stab your spouse isn’t something that is just done in horror movies, it’s life and more than likely something you’ve actually had to do before.
In fact, you’ve stabbed your partner with needles so many times that every night before bed, you worry about them waking up in the morning.
Advancements in Diabetic Technology Excites YOU!
My husband doesn’t know what it’s like to live life without needles and tubes. Whenever new technology comes out or articles are published about advancements in diabetic technology, you get excited. You hope and pray every day for a cure. You know one will be found, you just pray they will get to experience the cure.
You’ve Watched Your Little Kids Give Up Halloween Candy for Daddy
Whenever you live with a type one diabetic, it’s a family affair. Kids always know their daddy has diabetes and they worry when daddy’s sugar gets low too. In fact, you’ve watched your kids give up their Halloween candy just so daddy’s sugar would go up.
Everyone Has a Hilarious Story About that One Time…
As the wife of a type one diabetic, I have heard many stories about my husband that took place when his sugar was low. Fortunately, he usually doesn’t remember what happened, but everyone else always does.
Your Kids Have Been Checked for Diabetes More than Once
Whenever you have children with a type one diabetic, you are always overthinking everything. When the kids drink a little more than normal or urinate more than average, you immediately have them checked for juvenile diabetes.
Sugar Readings of 30 and higher than 300 No Longer Phase You
While most normal people would freak out when they see a sugar reading in the 30’s or higher than 300, we don’t. After being a diabetic for so long, my husband has had his share of low and high readings, so many times, that we don’t freak out when it happens, we manage it.
I have even seen my husband function normally with a blood sugar reading in the low 30’s!
You Can Tell When Their Blood Sugar Goes Low
After being with a type one diabetic for so long, I can tell when my husband’s sugar is low without any technology. It may sound weird, but I can usually tell when my husband’s sugar is low, even before his sensor starts to beep.
They are the Youngest People at the Endocrinologist & Podiatrist Offices
Whenever you walk into an endocrinologist or podiatrist office with a type one diabetic, they are almost always the youngest people in the room.
You Can’t Go Without Health Insurance
There is one thing families of juvenile diabetics can’t go without, it’s health insurance. Health insurances help to pay for all of a diabetic’s life-saving necessities. Without health insurance, many families couldn’t afford the rising cost of diabetic medicine and technology.
And, a lot of times, even with health insurance, many people still can’t afford it.