"Make sure you get up with your alarm in the morning and start your own breakfast."
"Why? What's up?"
"Nothing. I just have to be out of the house early as well tommorrow to get that Holter Monitor put on."
"That thing that you wear with all of the wires and the pouch?"
"Yep. Its a real pain. I guess its one way for me to know what you feel like carrying around your pump all of the time."
"What its like for me? Are you kidding?"
"I know, I get to take it off after 24 hours and I don't have to bolus or anything. Its just there."
"Yeah, and you don't have to worry every minute if you are going to live or die. Diabetes is serious stuff you know! You never know when you are going to go low and you might never wake up. You feel horrible and sick when you are high. You just can't understand what its like."
Yes, that was my young drama king. No he does not worry about living or dying every second like his conversation suggested but maybe he is getting the message that diabetes is serious stuff. We have recently been dealing with a serious health scare of a family member. Amongst other problems, this person has diabetes. He has been able to see how it (and other diseases) can rob you of so much far too soon in life.
After the conversation we did laugh a bit because I called him on the fact that he does not think about his diabetes every second of his day nor does he worry about how it could kill him. If he did, I pointed out, he would remember to test and bolus with a lot more diligence than he currently does. Oh well, the drama of a 13 year old boy can still give you a good laugh at the end of the day!