The diabetes question is one that is a lot easier to answer as you are laying in bed asking the question to yourself. I had done that numerous times, I would think of an appropriate age to talk to them about my diabetes and slowly introduce all that goes with living with diabetes. It was easy...at least I thought it would be.
In two days I have not fully answered the question that "Minnie" asked. Right now we are at the point where she knows that the tattoo is for diabetes and lets the police and paramedics know that daddy has a disease that needs medicine. I clearly over thought my answer as I started to explain about how daddy will be fine but needs medicine I was interrupted as "Minnie" said "the thing (Caduceus symbol) looks like the thing she climbs at the playground.
Later at dinner I would take my insulin "medicine" and explained that Daddy needs to do that whenever he eats so that he will feel ok. "Kind of like how I take my vitamin?" It might not be the same but the connection is being made. I never imagined explaining diabetes would be this tough. It is certainly getting me ready for other talks that "Minnie" and I will have down the road. I'm still nervous and probably over analyzing everything that I want to say but I love that "Minnie" is asking so many questions.