* DON’T WORRY MOM – by Cecile Bell
Posted by loiswstern
When Adam was initially diagnosed, I thought I couldn’t let my 7 year old son out of my sight. Always asking, Did you do a blood check, do you have a snack with you; did you take your insulin? Always the same questions – like a broken record irritatingly repeating itself – Did you….? Although meant to be loving and helpful, my spoken words had become a nagging routine. His constant response: Don’t worry mom, I’m fine, seemed increasingly spoken in a tone of irritation. How many times in the past 12 years had I heard those words?
I cautioned everyone around him – neighbors, teachers, and classmates – about his diabetes. Watch him closely to see if he acts funny or cranky, or if he suddenly seems sleepy, as he could be having a reaction and need to be treated right away! I made his friends promise me they’d watch him carefully and act as surrogate guardians. Our relationship was clearly suffering and as the parent of a diabetic child, I needed to calm my own fears.
Early on, we had to learn how to balance Adam’s medication, food and exercise; constantly making adjustments with the diabetic educators.
Many times I felt a sense of guilt having to wake him in the middle of the night for blood checks or give him some juice. That first summer, I dared to entrust his care to Camp Needlepoint; a juvenile diabetic program providing medical supervision and education in addition to outdoor sporting activities. These experiences were inspirational for Adam both socially and physically. For the first time we didn’t feel so alone with this disease.
I was told I would have no contact with Adam and that I would only be informed in case of an emergency. The camp was fully staffed with doctors, nurses and certified camp leaders some of which were diabetic themselves. This was a very uneasy week for me, however, it provided much needed time for me to rest my anxious habit and focus on my three younger children. Adam came home with a new attitude of confidence, not feeling so different from everyone. He also had lived and survived without ME!
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Cecile Marie Bell , a freelance writer is a current Florida resident, active with the Sarasota Writers Group and Voices of Venice. First published in 1996. Produced a small play performed at the Minnesota State Fair for a small community in northern Minnesota where she raised her family. She restored and maintained a lakeside hobby farm established in 1856. This was complete with Horses, cows, chickens and extensive gardens. Her mentor is Scheherazade. Now working on an inspiring book for Juvenile Diabetes and her short story collection.
About loiswsternI was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.
Posted on January 11, 2013, in "Tales2Inspire Writer's Contest", Tales2Inspire, Tales2Inspire Contest, TALES2INSPIRE WRTERS CONTEST and tagged "authors helping authors project", "authors helping authors", "inspirational stories", author, Lois W. Stern. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.