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October 22, 2016
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I Don’t Know What it Will Do to You

It’s a fairly common thing for us to say to Charlie. New foods are sometimes like stepping foot on a new and unexplored planet. Is the air safe? Can we breathe? Will blood-thirsty aliens devour us and discard our carcasses like half-eaten chicken wings?

On the Jersey shore, salt water taffy is a popular sugary treat. Charlie spotted a large bowl of complimentary taffy upon checking into our hotel and also made quick discovery of the colorful candies positioned neatly on our pillows inside our room.

“I don’t know what it will do to you,” is the usual default response. This is normally followed by, “I don’t even know what your blood sugar is!” In essence, we are intimating the sheer preposterousness of an 11-year-old boy wanting a piece of candy. How dare he even inquire!

Looking at it objectively, it’s not always a fair response, but Charlie fires sugary carb requests upon us relentlessly and it’s often overwhelming.

Wanting access to the refrigerator before our room was actually ready, I played the diabetes card and mentioned Charlie. The woman at the front desk mentioned a niece or a cousin or a friend (I can’t remember exactly) with diabetes.

“Type 1 or type 2?” I asked quickly to see where we were going with this.

“Type 1,” she said.

She was super sweet and kind enough to let us put a few things in the refrigerator, but her parting statement left me with a sour taste in my mouth as I left the office with plans to hit the beach.

“Make sure that diabetic gets plenty of water.”

“That diabetic?”

There has been some talk in the blogosphere recently about complications. This coming after a very popular member of the D-blogging community wrote very eloquently and honestly about an issue her doctors discovered.

The unknown is very difficult to deal with as a parent of a child with diabetes as I’m sure it is with a person with diabetes. As hard as we try to keep Charlie healthy and safe, the questions about his diabetes remain.

I don’t know what it will do to you.

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