Monday, May 16, 2011

Wods of Advice to an Unlikely Person...

Should anyone be parent/caregiver/family member to a recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic teenaged vegan, this may be of slight interest to you. (Especially if you are not of the vegan persuasion.)

Listen to the initial request of your child/family member/friend/etc. when they ask you to incorporate more meals that you all can eat TOGETHER into family life. Eat healthier foods with them.

Pay attention to what they eat- even if their dietary choices (seemingly) threaten you in such a a way that you love to put them out of your mind. It gets very disheartening to have to recount that yes, you've already ate and that you ate ___ and yes, ____ should have a decent amount of carbohydrates. In fact, it wouldn't hurt to actually look into how to best deal with teenaged vegan diabetics/plain old diabetics/plain old vegans.

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Can I admit my anger here? I am not just disappointed. I am not disheartened. I am angry that my parents have taken no steps to help me with my diabetes or my lifestyle choices short of giving me cash to purchase my "special foods" and by picking up my supplies and bringing me to my doctors' appointments. If I lived elsewhere, I would mildly wish my parents were more involved. Because I live in their home, the whole matter depresses me: they shall not change, and neither shall I... And if they cannot realize that I am offended and hurt, I shall not tell them. It's likely my fault, anyhow.

1 comment:

Marvin the Martian said...

I'm so sorry you're not getting your needs met! If you've already talked to your parents about your dietary needs and your desire to eat together as a family, then you've done all you can do. Focus on the fact that your parents love you and are doing the best for you that they know how to do. And, you are loved and cherished by God (and others) regardless.

You have only a couple more years at home. Then you can live your life on your own terms. Until then, remember that God gives us only the burdens He knows we can handle. And by now you know there's no burden you can't handle. ;-)