Tonight I had a great night and dinner with the family, as we were finishing up dinner "Care Bear" took a napkin and started to clean the table. She then saw my hands and cleaned them, as I turned my hand over she saw my diabetes tattoo and tried to wipe it off. At that moment it hit me, how the heck do I tell kids about diabetes. I have spoken in front of large crowds numerous times about diabetes, how is that I'm so scared to talk to a child about diabetes. I have plenty of time to figure it out but I don't know where to start. I mean I can talk to my own children but what about their friends. I have a feeling that after a baseball game the kids will be lined up to get candy and I will be throwing them out of the way because my blood sugar is low. I can hear it now "Your dad is weird, why is he sweating and craving skittles?" "Why does your dad run or ride his bike to all of your games?"
At what age do you tell a child about diabetes? I don't know, how do you put it in a way that they can understand the basics. What about when they ask about an insulin pump, I can't get all scientific and get in to the science of it. Right now my plan of attack is to use the bike to try and help explain it, I don't want to use the word broken at any moment but I think I have to. Broken seems to be a bad word when talking about diabetes but is a word that children can understand. After that I'm totally lost, I mean do I come out and say I ride my bike and run so much because that helps me live? The last thing I want is for a child to think that I'm dying.
I'm sure a lot of people have had the diabetes talk with their children. As you can tell I'm lost when it comes to the subject, I know that I'm not the only one with a fear of telling kids about diabetes. Anyone that has some experience or ideas I'd love to hear them!!!