II am so grateful that I found out about Diabetes Blog Week! Thanks to Karen Graffeo of Bitter-Sweet for hosting this.
It’s day 3 and here’s today’s topic: Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at. Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!
Today’s topic is going to be a lot harder than yesterday’s. Only because the things that I could do better make me more emotional. What could I do better? Sometimes I worry that I am not sympathetic enough.
The other day my daughter went low. Unfortunately, neither of us realized that. She is 16 and was being crabby and difficult. Not surprising – after all, she is a teenager. I was one a long time ago too! And I remember the mood swings, the emotional roller coaster, the insecurity, and yes, the brattiness. So I get it. But boy it gets old! And sometimes I don’t handle her hormones very well. This was one of those times.
For all of those with teenage girls, I am sure you can imagine how the interaction between the two of escalated. She ended up crying, and I stormed out. Then suddenly she started yelling out that she was low. I brought her meter to her, and indeed, she was low. Very low.
But I was so worked up and frustrated, I just found it nearly impossible to let go of the anger at how she was treating me and move to comfort her. I had to walk out of the room.
I knew the moment that I left her side that I needed to try to do better, to be more compassionate…