Friday, July 10, 2009

"Control" The Dreaded, Overarching Theme with Diabetes

Wow! Control is such a loaded word in diabetes care.

1con·trol
Pronunciation:
\kən-ˈtrōl\
Function:
verb
Inflected Form(s):
con·trolled; con·trol·ling
15th century
transitive verb1 a: archaic : to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments b: to incorporate suitable controls in controlled experiment>2 a: to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate b: to have power over : rule C: to reduce the incidence or severity of especially to innocuous levels <control an insect population><control a disease>
In diabetes care, it isn't that simple. My daughter (8, almost 9) feels very in control of her situation. I am very proud of her, but my husband and I have very consciously worked to empower her and have made LIFE first, diabetes second.
I would LOVE to hear from parents who have figured out the "control" balance; parents who give their kids space to be, take care of themselves and found a way to "let go," so they can fly.
Please share your stories, I have readers who desperately need to hear from you. How did you move away from diabetes running your lives and go back to living?