Day 2's topic is to write a letter and the criteria is "You can write a letter to diabetes if you’d like, but we can also take it one step further. How about writing a letter to a fictional (or not so fictional) endocrinologist telling the doctor what you love (or not) about them. How about a letter to a pretend (or again, not so pretend) meter or pump company telling them of the device of your dreams? Maybe you’d like to write a letter to your child with diabetes. Or a letter from your adult self to the d-child you were. Whomever you choose as a recipient, today is the day to tell them what you are feeling." Here is mine:
Dear (favorite CDE),
You have been there supporting us from the beginning. You were there with me the day my world was falling apart, not only was my daughter lying in the hospital bed next to me, emaciated from a disease that tried to take her life, but my husband was not able to help me physically or emotionally as he was so very sick. My other kids weren't fairing well and I distinctly remember as I was nursing David while trying to listen to the information you were giving me, he bit down hard and I thought I was going to loose both my mind and my nipple in one fell swoop. That is now a moment we can laugh about.
You, yourself have T1D and know first hand how difficult managing blood sugars can be. You have always been like a cheerleader for us. Every time I leave your office, I feel good about myself and my daughter. I know that Bekah can still live life to the fullest when I see you. You have a contagious joy about you and don't ever let diabetes get you down or so it seems from the out side. (I'm sure like all of us you have tough days too) You always share information with me in such a down to earth fashion and are confident in my ability to implement whatever it is you are teaching us at the time.
I also think you look like a grown up version of Bekah and the moment that you were leaving our hospital room will forever be etched in my memory. There you were standing at the bottom of Bekah's bed you looking at her and she looking back at you and this surreal feeling came over me as if my daughter was looking at her future self trying to sort this new life out.
I'm glad that we have you along our journey to stand beside us and give guidance. I am so glad that Bekah has you as an example to look to, and as those teen and adult years approach you will be the one influencing her and teaching her how to best take care of her body.
You are a ROCKSTAR! Keep being awesome!