It's something none of us want to talk about. It is the one post I probably will get the most flack about when the boys are older, but darn it! It needs to get out in the open! We must unite in our secret shame...
Man, back in the day when my boys were littler and high over night...forget about it!! Accidents galore.
And let's not get into the nights when it happened twice. I've found them curled up in the corner of their bed the size of a quarter to keep away from the wet spots.
And then there is the bathroom.
I have four boys. Seriously, sometimes I think there is a fountain of pee that springs up next to the toilet at night. Yesterday I honestly walked by the bathroom door and gagged a little.
Almost every day. I have to clean it almost every day.
Now...let me be clear. I've never BLAMED the boys.
When they have to go at night, I'd rather they make it to the bathroom blurry eyed and in a sleep trance than not make the trip at all and stay where they sleep. I know they are out of it. I know they are trying. I know it is hard to aim when you are sleep walking.
But honestly...it has been a big part of my life that I need to get out there.
There! I said it!
I don't want to embarrass my boys...ok, maybe too late for that...but it took them a couple years after the initial potty training to keep them dry at night too.
Because they are boys?
Because they have diabetes!!!?
Because the sleep harder than normal people?
Because. They. Have. Diabetes!!!
I can't say 100% for sure...but I can tell you what a relief it was when my youngest announced a couple years ago, "I'm done with these nighttime things. I can do it!"
And he was done.
And he did...for the most part.
I just want you to know if you are knee deep in laundry...you are not alone.
Children with diabetes pee more. It is a scientific fact. It is not their fault...also a scientific fact.
And yup¸ we've always restricted drinks after 7, and had them "go" before bed and at the 10pm check.
It is what it is.
As they get older the incidents are fewer and far between. My T1 teen doesn't have accidents ever, in fact it seems like years and years since he has. (PHEW! I saved one kid from holding this over my head forever.) It is true though. So I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us.
It just feels like a really long tunnel, you know?
Like one of those Subway tunnels...that smells like urine.
Ok. I'm done.
(This so "eloquently" ends day 16 of National Health Blog Posting Month, where I am blogging everyday in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month.)