We were both feeling fine after a couple of days of a bad cold until I got a call today. "Mommy can you come home? I don't feel well and my stomach hurts". I waited, but then the call came. He vomited.
Vomiting in Type 1 Diabetes is so tricky. Keytones sometimes seem like they increase exponentially. They can only decrease with insulin. Oh, which by the way you cannot really give too much of because then you can easily see severe hypoglycemia if the vomiting continues.
I freaked out several years ago at the first case of vomiting we had after diagnosis and took my son to the hospital. After I got better command of this disease, I was not so quick to go. I am not suggesting you do this as every case is different, but you will learn a lot on the way. Now, we only consider the hospital in severe cases.
Knowing things can go from bad to worse quickly, I packed up my laptop to head home. As I packed up, a colleague sitting across from me said, "How convenient to have a sick child on a Thursday afternoon." (For those not in the Middle East, Thursday is the end of the work week here).
He then proceeded to tell me that when he moves his family here he will be sure to expose them to something to make them sick so he too can leave on Thursday afternoon. I should be appalled, right?
I am, and I am not. It is not the first time I have dealt with a comment like this. Once when I was running out the door to pick up my son when he was sick at school, I got a sly comment from a female colleague who stated she was wishing she too could leave early.
That one hurt a bit. While she has no kids and is not close to married, I expected more from a female from Europe. I offered her the option to spend the afternoon on the front lines of a virus with vomit in a diabetic child and the sleepless night to come. She looked confused by my offer.
Today, I am older and wiser and I can't really be bothered to deal with ignorance. Diabetic or not, it was an inappropriate comment to any working mom. The first statement wasn't funny, and to make a second comment when I did not acknowledge the first was just ridiculous.
I informed the guy that my son happened to be diabetic so it could go bad quickly. Of course he did not get it, nor did I expect him to. But yet, in the spirit of creating awareness, I said it.
Fortunately, when I came home, my son was fine despite some stomach cramps.
|My son enjoying the beach - not this afternoon, |
but about 4 weeks ago.
I think I could sum today up as "stupid comments from Western colleagues" day. Honestly, I feel my colleagues from this region would be more likely to show more empathy, or would likely be more reserved if they thought I was pulling a fast one to get out of work early. However, that is a big assumption on my part, as there is ignorance everywhere and our situation is not unique to the world.
My advice if you have to ever experience this? Just ignore it. These people are not worth your time or energy. Save that fire and fight for your child because you will probably need it through the night to nurse them to health.
With any luck, karma will sort them out for you.