Not really a sentence you want to hear … ever. Gavin made this announcement today on the way home from school. I asked where he got that idea from.
Gavin: You have diabetes!
Well yes, I guess you’re right. I have a disease. But I really hate that word because it has a very negative connotation. He told me he learned that in science lab today as they watched some movie about germs.
A movie about germs taught my child that I have a disease? Now I’m mad. I told him that germs did not cause my “disease.” Navigating the afternoon school pick up traffic was not really the time to explain my “disease.”
A couple lights later I had breathed enough I suppose that I was able to ask, “What did the movie say about diabetes?”
Gavin: That it’s an example of a disease that people can’t get from sharing germs. What’s the word?
Gavin: Yeah. It’s not contagious.
Me: Is that all they said about diabetes? Just that it’s an example of a disease that’s not contagious?
Ok fine. Cancel the order to send a nurse educator to the science department! Still. Some days I hate being diabetic. Well, more than most days of not enjoying this “disease.” And some days I don’t want to talk about it either. Some days I don’t mind and I will wear my CGM sensor on my arm and turn myself into a little walking brochure of diabetes technology.
Today was not one of those days.
Today I am just grateful for the advances in diabetes management that I can be a mother of three. I certainly didn’t want to hear the exclamation, “Mom! You have a disease!”