Being a parent of a kid with type 1 diabetes changes you forever — at least, I’m convinced that it has changed me forever! You know, in some ways I’ve become a little bit crazy, expecting the worst to happen at times. On the flip side, being a D-parent has taught me so much and helped me to see the humor in life’s challenges. In the spirit of taking ourselves not too seriously, I’ve compiled a list of things that perhaps only D-parents can understand. We truly are an interesting breed!

Are you one of us? You just might be a D-parent if:

  1. You wake up every two hours to check on your child — and they’re not a newborn.
  2. When reading food labels, you look at carbs before calories.
  3. You know the school nurse better than your child’s teacher.
  4. You’ve carried measuring cups in your purse, like some kind of traveling baker.
  5. You’ve squirted pancake syrup in your child’s mouth at 3 a.m.
  6. When packing for a weekend trip, your child’s suitcase is bigger than yours.
  7. When someone says they’re thirsty or tired, you want to hand them a testing kit to make sure their blood sugar levels are okay.
  8. Being high means something different to you than it does to the concerned neighbors overhearing your backyard conversations.
  9. You own a food scale and you are not a professional chef or dietician.
  10. Your other kids joke that you have a child named What’s Your Number.
  11. You buy Smarties® and juice boxes in bulk.
  12. You know where the islet of Langerhans is located in the body and what it does.
  13. You’ve given more shots to children than most med school students.
  14. You’ve considered going back to school to be a nurse… might as well make it official!

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.

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