When Heroes Arise.

     When heroes arise, what does that look like? What kind of form do they come in? Are they the kind you would expect? Or are they not what we imagined, more average than strong, more street smart than book smart. Do they always have to be in the image of the gladiator taking on the lion, or the super hero taking on the villain? Is it always the sports star that comes up with the big play in a game when his team really needs him. I think most of these examples are of the “Hollywood” variety and not real life. In dire circumstances the person actions influences the out come, that would be the basic idea of a hero. A hero steps into an event and tries to alters history for a person or a group of people.     The dictionary define a hero as the following:
1. “A man of distinguished courage of ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.”
2. “A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: “He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.” I think this may give a general answer, but not the kind of specific I wanted to talk about. I think a hero arises out of need, a situation or event that begs for intervention to alter the out come.

What I mean by historic outcome, is that the eneviable is tradgety, death or calmity. The hero my not completely save or alter the situation. They my fail in their attempt to save, but nonetheless, the act is heroic. One of the best examples of a hero is the mother of a child with a disease, whatever the disease is. The heroes I interact with the most is what we call a “D-Mom”; the mother of a child with diabetes, and their care is needed 24 hours a day.

Caring for a child with Juvenile Diabetes takes much time and effort. You don’t “give them there shots, and  watch how much starches they eat”, the care is much different than that. Someone with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes needs insulin injections to survive. First order in taking care of a child with this condition is counting carbs (all fruits, all grain and some vegetables, of course anything with sugar), this takes some figuring based on what the child eats and their weight. Then there is the finger pricks before meals, after naps, before bed, before naps, before playtime, and about any other time when blood sugar is suspected of not being in line. Many check blood sugars in middle of the night because of what is called “Dead in Bed” or Nocturnal Hypoglycemia. I could go on with their duties, but I think you get the point. Without the care provided by the D-Mom the out come would be a reduced quality of life, chronic health issues or death. I believe D-Moms alter history by their selfless deeds in caring for these children with this life long chronic disease. D-Moms are my some of my favorite heroes.



About Tim

I'm a blogger that writes about Type 1 Diabetes. I do this because I have 3 daughters with Type 1. I also have a boy that does not, I would prefer he does NOT get diagnosed either. 3rd diagnosis October 2022
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