As Joe was soaking his big toe (another story that diabetes overshadows and that will most likely come to text in the next day or two) in a warm saline infused tub of water, the children seemed to be winding down from a busy New Year's Day. They were both agreeable to participating in the interview that Jonah, from JonahDiabetic had done with two of his brothers. Jonah's brothers were quite deep in their interviews. Actually "The Tree" was deep and if memory serves me right..."The Bed" was brief. Bridget (aka "The Bridge" goin' Jonah-style here) was neither short on words nor on depth. My favorite parts were where she describes diabetes as an "adventure that goes on forever" and when she says "Dad is a little helpful" in the whole "d" routine. Sorry in advance about the couple of references to death ...oh...and the hiccups...and the Oscar crotch shot...and the laugh at the "Dave dig" (hehe Renata).
2. What has been the worst part of having a brother with diabetes?
3. Has there been anything positive for you about having a brother with diabetes? Bridget mentions a "basal assessment" in this answer. For non-D-Peeps and non-pumpers, a basal assessment is where you limit activity, no carbohydrates are consumed, and you check blood sugars every hour to every other hour to determine if your underlying insulin rates (basal rates) are adequate. She apparently is a big fan of the "watching Tv" part to keep Joe still...hell it is either that or a "velcro suit" to keep his activity idle!
4. How often do you think about diabetes?
5. What would you say to somebody who just had a family member diagnosed with diabetes?
6. Anything else that you would like to add? Yah..you betcha - Like mother like daughter!
A day-in-the-life of being the sibling to a person with type 1 diabetes.