Saturday, November 27, 2010

Listen to the Stewardess

Many of us will be massing at airports, dodging TSA friskings and eying the departure monitors this weekend as holiday travel plans demand it. It's easy to zone out when the flight attendant points out where the front, side and rear exits are on the aircraft.

One piece of instruction that I always find unsettling is what to do if the oxygen masks drop.The flight attendants always tell you to put your own mask on before placing one on your child. The rational part of my parent brain says, "that makes sense," but the emotional, heart driven part of me says, "Are you freakin' KIDDING me? I gottta take care of my baby first!"

Every now and again, Marinda and I need to take time to take care of ourselves and have an evening pretending there's no diabetes. It's important to recharge. Taking care of a kid with diabetes, makes it easy to make everything else take a back seat to blood glucose control. But if you don't take care of yourself, your marriage and your livelihood, it's easy for EVERYTHING to quickly go out of whack. And what good are you to your diabetic child if you're out totally off balance?

Don't forget to breathe.

Photo Credit: JFithian, Jason Fithian, Flickr, Creative Commons License

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