Friday, June 22, 2012
No, I didnt feed him too much sugar
I accompanied my daughter to a playdate with a kindy friend. Sweet. The 'friends' mother ran into one of her friends. We were introduced and she was invited to stay. This lady asked me questions and said things about diabetes that challenged me. Challenged me not to yell at her. In a previous blog I mentioned how talking about it, telling people, educating people is where Im at. I dont cry anymore..but I may out of frustration.
What on earth did you feed him?
I had started to answer, he was a baby. He predominantly breastfed, but had some finger foods and puree fruits and veges.
Then, the penny.dropped.com.
Suddenly I saw where it was a going - a wicked winding path leading me all the way to self guilt and blame. [Which btw I never bought and never will]. Was she trying in all her splendid maternal superiority to be sure she wasnt such a bad mother and caused her child to 'catch' type 1 diabetes through too much sugar.
Duh. The public needs more education, dude.
Yup I pinned him down and jammed copious sugar into him at 8 months. Yup thats it, you got it. Clearly she didnt know that type 1 diabetes isnt a lifestyle disease like type 2. I tried to say simply that food has nothing to do with it until the diagnosis and managing the disease.
As for the amputated legs/Dad died at the driving wheel while hypoglycaemic/cousin went blind I zoned out. For her safety.
Long story short, its just a thrilling part of the rollercoaster that is diabetes in our toddler.