All Aboard

TLC is airing a new Jon & Kate Plus 8 episode tomorrow night (Monday August 4th) -- a 30-minute feature starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern titled All Aboard:
Jon and Kate take the kids to the Strasburg Rail Road, not far from their Pennsylvania home, to ride a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine at an event called Day Out WithThomas.

"For This Brood, It's Chaos Times 8"

A recent article in the Washington Post.

So much of the article is pure propaganda; one glaring example:
Like real-life couples, the Gosselins can be snarky and impatient with each other, although they summon impressive reserves of patience and understanding when dealing with their children.

Maybe, Just Maybe, She Should Actually Listen

(Note to blog administrators: I realize this post is a little off the beaten path from some others. It's written from a perspective that others may not fully understand. But, I felt compelled to write this because I want to be an advocate for my son and the millions of others afflicted with diabetes. I will understand if you do not publish it. I may post it on my own blog "My Son Has Diabetes" if you don't publish it here. Kate's dismissive attitude of her children's behavior has always bothered me but when she uses a made up medical excuse it crosses the line. Thanks for reading, Penny)

I must address the "low blood sugar" thing before my head explodes. I am so sick and tired of Kate using low blood sugar as an excuse for her children behaving like , well frankly, behaving like children.

I have heard Kate use this excuse repeatedly. When she used it on the latest "Free Day at Sesame" episode it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. It seems that if Kate's children don't act exactly like she thinks they should and it's anywhere near snack or meal time she blames it on a low sugar. It can't be that her children have feelings or are tired of being around her or tired of hearing her diss their dad. It can't be that they are normal children with normal pancreases that for whatever reason feel the need to express how they feel.

My reasons for feeling this way may be different than others. While it is another way that Kate dismisses her children's feelings or actions with her flippant attitude, it is much more than that.

My six year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 3 years old. The beta cells in his pancreas quit working and stopped making insulin. (Not the same as the more common and well known Type 2 diabetes.) So, he must receive insulin several times a day in order to live. Since his diagnosis he has endured around 900 needle sticks to receive insulin and another 12,000 finger sticks to check his blood sugar. Currently, he is attached to an insulin pump 24/7 to receive his insulin.

(Stay with me, I'm getting to my point.) Since he is on insulin and there is really no exact science to to how much to give and how it will work at any given time (food, stress, and exercise affect blood sugars and react with or against the insulin) he sometimes end up with an ACTUAL low blood sugar.

His low blood sugars can and do strike at any time: before, during, or after meals, while he's asleep, in the middle of a soccer game, in the middle of a test at school.... And, you know what? He doesn't kick and scream and throw a fit because of it. It makes him feel terrible, but he lets me or my husband know and we deal with it by giving him a juice box or a sugary snack to bring his sugar up so that his brain is receiving the amount of sugar it needs to function so that he doesn't have a seizure or go into a coma.

We went to the beach yesterday for a fun family vacation. This included my son's first ride on a ferry. During the ride he was standing looking out at the ocean. The huge grin on his face faded and he turned and looked at me and said, "My sugar feels low." His blood sugar was 54. (Normal for him is 80-150.) He had to drink a juice and return to the car and sit for the rest of the ride.

So, when Kate tries to excuse her children's behavior with a "they need sugar" my hackles go up. She often says activities are "ruined" by grass stains, ice cream, cupcake icing, gum, Jon, the list goes on and on. But, when she uses low blood sugar that's taking it too far.

My son's low sugars don't keep us from living. His blood sugars don't "ruin" anything. They do create inconvienences that my family endures so that my son can lead as normal a life as possible. When he gets whiny, as children sometimes do, I don't blame a low sugar. I actually listen to what he has to say and try to understand what the stresser might be. Or, I realize that it might be just because he's six and let's face it, unlike Kate, he's not perfect.

From now on Kate should stick with the blanket statement of "they need a nap" instead of blaming it on low blood sugar. If they actually have a low sugar as much as she says they need medical attention. Or maybe, just maybe, she should actually listen to what her children are saying and try to understand why they feel that way and quit making excuses at all.

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