Monday, May 2, 2011

Job burnout. And he's 7.

Last week when it was time for L to check his sugar at school, he announced, "Time to go to work AGAIN! I'm so tired of my job!"

He's burning out.

At the Endo's office on Wednesday he spent the majority of his time sitting on the OUTSIDE of the Endo's office door. He just didn't want to talk about it. He didn't want to be there. He didn't want to answer her could see it all over his face. Burn out city.

It isn't a stretch to say that diabetes is a job. He works all day! The VERY FIRST THING he does in the morning is check his sugar. The VERY LAST THING he does at night is check his sugar. And in between is filled with blood sugar tests and constant button pushing. Sure, I take the graveyard shift...but his part is a big responsibility for such a little guy.

He is 7.

He has been "on the job" for 5 years now.

He deserves some time off for good behavior...right?

So on the suggestion of Julie from Pumpwear, I'm going to give L a week off. Well, not completely...he'll still have to check his sugars at school...but when he is home, I won't be asking him to check his own sugars. I will just go to him and do it for him. I won't ask him to bolus for his food, I'll grab his pump and do it for him.

He needs a little break. And since I'm in the position to give it to him...I will. That is, if he'll let me.

I'm going to run my plan by him in the car after I pick him up from school.

I'll report back next week.

Now if I can just find someone who is willing to take over my laundry "job" for a week...


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