preoccupation? obsession?

E is preoccupied with diabetes.  He does not have it himself, but it is obviously in his face all the time and he’s clearly soaking up everything.  He talks about it a lot and he has a lot of knowledge of it all.

The other night my cousin came over with her 2 1/2 year old.  My kids had never met them and they stayed for dinner.  In the middle of eating, out of nowhere, E says, “I bet if he had to test he’d only need the lancet on number 1.  Maybe 1 1/2.”

I told him he was probably right and we went on with dinner.  I don’t think it had hit me before that how deeply E has also been affected by everything.  Just like the rest of us, no matter what he’s doing, it’s always on his mind.


2 Responses

  1. Glad to find your blog! What a sweetheart to have lancets on his mind. I’m sure he is soaking it all up like a sponge.

  2. […] My sweetie really is, just like most siblings thrown into this life, an amazing supporter of his brother.  He makes it near impossible for Camden to feel alone.  Ethan loves to test.  Under 100?  You’d better believe he’s going to call it low and demand some candy…  Ethan always checks to be sure foods are gluten-free.  There are a few things in our house that aren’t.  If Ethan has those, he’s always sure to eat on a placemat on the far end of the bar to make sure crumbs are kept under control.  He likes to know how many carbs he’s eating.  Sometimes I realize he also suffers from ‘diabetes-brain’ when he notices things that remind him of a test strip, or a blue circle, or a glucose tab, or mentions what number he thinks a lancet would have to be on if his little cousin had to test… […]

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