Today is Day 8 of the Health Activists Writers Month Challenge
Today’s Challenge: If your health condition (or the health condition of a loved one) was an animal, what would it be? Is it a real animal or make-believe?
Ok it was me. I admit it. I suggested this post to HAWMC. Sometime back in March, I received an email that I read in the middle of the night while waiting on blood sugars for my kids. In the email HAWMC invited writers to suggest prompts. I was exhausted and had already watched two episodes of The West Wing (best series ever written) and I was a bit loopy so I started typing out an email with multiple suggestions for prompts. First I didn’t think my suggestions would make it onto the list but also I didn’t have any posts in mind when I wrote the suggestions. If you like all the prompts that I suggested – great. If not – please forgive me and my loopiness.
With that being said – I didn’t have an animal in mind when I suggested this prompt. I still didn’t have one at 3am last night when I had hoped to write the post. Then, this morning, I read a post by Christel who shares her life with D HERE. It is a coincidence that she also gives me a shout out in her post – mostly I stole her idea of using a children’s book to write my post because it was a fantastic post and it made me immediately think of my Middles (my middle son – also my only child without diabetes) favorite bedtime book. I bought this book for Middles when he was 2. He is about to be 11 and it is still his favorite bedtime book.
In this short story there is a young boy who hears a noise and believes it’s a monster. He calls for his mother. His mom helps the boy recognize where various sounds and shadows are coming from – all very non-scary. The young boy asks his mom to check under the bed. The boy believes his mom is oh so very brave because the monster could get her at any time. The mom fuses at the boy for all the clutter under his bed. Then she finds (spoiler alert) a mouse.
At which point she rushes the boy out of the room and barricades the mouse in the bedroom allowing the boy to sleep with her. The boy is tremendously disappointed that the monster is a wimpy mouse and the book concludes with the boy planning to catch the mouse so his mom won’t be afraid anymore.
You see where I’m going with this right. Remember I am a parent of kids with diabetes. Before diabetes I worked hard to prove to my kids that there is nothing to fear. That everything is safe and everything has an explanation. Then came the mouse – hiding under the bed. A monster that would squeeze through the space between the bed and wall to steal their teddy bears. Don’t misunderstand – my kids know how serious diabetes is they don’t exactly think it’s a wimpy mouse. BUT – they aren’t afraid of it like I am.
There are nights that the monster mouse scares me so much that I do have them sleep with me.There are days I try to barricade diabetes into a corner but (spoiler alert) like the mouse the barricade doesn’t work and the mouse still ends up in my slippers.
All that clutter the boy’s mom pulls from under his bed that’s me with constant reminders, questions and advice regarding diabetes that I share with my kids and like the boy in the story my kids all moan and roll their eyes.
My kids are brave and smart and will catch the mouse, tame it and try to teach it tricks. Sometimes they will be successful and the mouse will play nicely, other times it won’t but my kids aren’t gonna let some wimpy mouse get the best of them.
Thanks Christel for the idea of using a story book – not that I asked first. ;P
Now go read Christel’s post about a Spotted Snake.
2 thoughts on “A Monster Under The Bed”
I saw your blog and wanted to share a petition I started with my 12 year old T1 son’s future in mind.. Because of the media’s failure to clarify type, Type 2 has inadvertently assumed the name Diabetes. With this comes so much confusion for the general public. A name revision is needed. Confusion equals conflict. Our petition has 2,000 signatures in under 2 weeks. We are moms of Type 1 children who have filed a petition to revise the names of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes to more accurately reflect the nature of each disease. We tried to do this in a way that benefits both the Type 1 and Type 2 communities. We sincerely hope that we have accomplished our goal to make this petition benefit all of us. Please click on the link below to view our petition on change.org and please read it in its entirety before passing any judgement.
We respect your opinion if you choose not to support the petition. We apologize if we have offended anyone in any way with the language or purpose expressed in our petition. We truly tried to look at our petition from the position of all within the diabetes community and it was certainly not our intent to dismiss anyone’s feelings or needs. We thank supporters, and non-supporter alike, in advance for taking the time to read and consider our petition.
Jeanette Collier & Jamie Perez
Thanks Jeanette – I haven’t looked at the petition yet. I’ve seen it floating around here and there in cyber space but hadn’t looked into it. When my youngest was first dxd I would get angry about the lack of distinction in many media outlets. I believed it did hurt those with Type 1 – at least in the fact that it lead to stereo types and misconceptions. As the years have moved on I have spent little time or energy being angry. When a cure comes it will be for all those with diabetes. I will check out the link this weekend as today is my sons 11h birthday and I am behind on everything. Thank you for sharing and stoping by the blog.