Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ask a 4 Year Old!

If only diabetes was as simple as it is described by a child. As we get older everything gets a lot more complicated, but I do wonder if it is just because we make it complicated. The simplest things can just be the hardest to adults and our communication skills always leads to frustration and well, miscommunication.

For children it's much easier because they tell you how it is, they don't leave out words to be lazy and they tell you the truth without worrying about making it sound 'sweet'. I think that's why I love working with children because you can just be you without worrying because that is exactly how they are going to act.

Diabetes; however, is a disease that you don't have to be an adult to get. So children with diabetes instantly have their own ideas and thoughts about the disease without having to listen to the doctor's jargon. I don't know what it is like to be a child with diabetes but I can probably guess that they were not really thinking about the medical mumble jumble; they were just simply working with what they had.

Having diabetes as an adult is where things get complicated because an adult worries more and thinks way beyond reasoning. I really should speak for myself but I am sure I am not the only one who worries about what it's going to be like with diabetes when I am pregnant, diabetes when I get married and diabetes complications. These are things that will come with time, and being nineteen now, I shouldn't be worrying; however I do.

We really don't need to put extra stress on ourselves, diabetes or not. Things will come with time, and we just have to roll with the punches. If we were all children again we wouldn't be worrying about these things, of course these things were bound to hit us eventually but not soon. We were happy with simple things and nothing was MADE complicated.

To Josh, a 4 year old I babysit, my diabetes is only in my stomach. I only have diabetes when I give myself needles, and the needles suck out all my sugar. Of course this isn't true but it works doesn't it! It's not complicated nor a big issue and the best thing about it is that there is something to help me and after I give myself a needle everything is all good!

I guess what I am trying to say is that stress gets the best of us all, and it's way too hard to eliminate it but if we try baby steps to make things a little less complicated we may relieve some stress! Just ask a 4 year old.


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