Yesterday was Father’s Day, but today I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout-out to my dad – and all fathers – who care for children, young, fully grown, or any stage in between, with diabetes.
All dads, generally speaking, don’t get enough credit for all that they do for their families. I know that I am fortunate enough to say that growing up, and to this day, my dad (and mom) provided me with everything a child could ask for: a loving home, plenty of food to eat, and endless support, to name a few.
But on top of that, my dad took care (and continues to take care) of both his child and his wife with diabetes. He does everything in his power to make sure that we want for nothing and has dealt with alllllll the highs and lows – and everything in between – over the years.
My dad has always been the “fixer” in the family. When a problem pops up, he just wants a solution to it. So it’s no wonder that he’s felt helpless on the occasions that there’s literally nothing he can do to help with diabetes except wait for the insulin or sugar to kick in (depending on whatever the case may be).
But the other thing you should know about my dad is that he gives everything in his life 110%. Professionally and personally, he never half-asses anything. And I’ve always found that extremely inspiring. He’s a role model for me in that his give-it-your-all attitude and work ethic has taught me to give my diabetes my all. For that, and so much more, I’m thankful.
My dad – just like my mom – is the real MVP. He has done so much for the both of us during this stay-at-home situation, between picking up groceries each week and running all of our errands for us in order to limit our time out of the house. My dad deserves credit, and so do all other T1D dads: You’re doing great. As you help us navigate this new normal, we realize that there’s already so much you do for us. You’re doing your best in these weird times and your loved ones see that and appreciate it more than you could ever know.
Thank you to all the dads out there, but particularly mine: Thank you for helping to keep me grounded during this “challenging time”, and for, well, everything else you’ve done for me in my 27 years (both the non-diabetes things and the diabetes-related things).
2 thoughts on “A Shout-Out to Fathers of Children with Diabetes”
My dad was a great teaser. When I was Dx’d, my dad came to the hospital knowing full well the issue, he asked why i was being hospitalized. I could hardly wait the joke. I said well dad I have diabetes, , he looked down and said, damn boy you need ot get that fixed. We burst out laughing Later when i had open heart surgery, he saw me off on the morning of surgery, same thing< hey boy you better get that fixed. Again a good laugh.
When he was 78 he was Dx'd with cancer. I thought i would return the joke. So I asked hey dad what the hell is wrong? He said listen you little smart ass (I was 56), do not come down here and give me a long line of shit about getting this cancer fixed, I said oh dad, I do not want you to get this fixed, I just want to know where the will is. We laughed for an hour.
Dad passed about a month later, one of my last memories was that great fun we had with a running joke that lasted 39 years. It takes a great comedian to keep a joke going for 39 years
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Thank you for sharing that story, Rick! Now I know where you get your sense of humor from! 🙂