When Your Partner Has T1D
I decided it was time to ask my partner Mike what it’s like living with diabetes… and me. After all, we do come as a package, whether we like it or not!
Kim: How did things change for you when diabetes entered your life?
Mike: I realized I needed to be aware of your needs when it comes to routine, and pay attention to meal times and the kinds of food we eat. I never ate at a set time in the past, so it was an adjustment to be more regimented. I also had to learn about what life with diabetes was all about.
Kim: What is the scariest thing about having a partner with T1D?
Mike: Definitely low blood sugar during the night. Although you have always woken up when you've had a low, it's still a scary thing. But a few times, I woke up and you were still sleeping, which was odd because you're always up at the crack of dawn. I had moments of panic wondering if everything was alright.
Kim: What role do you play in your partner's diabetes management?
Mike: Mostly being there for support. You're very independent, almost too independent at times! But being there through the highs and lows, and also giving you time and space, helps. I just try to understand what you're going through as much as I can.
Do you have a partner with diabetes? Or do you have T1D and have comments about your partner's role in your diabetes management?
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Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.
Photo: Mike Lawson Photography