My name is Kari, and I’m from Pittsburgh. I’ve never known anyone in my family to have diabetes, but I was sure thrown for a loop when I started to date a wonderful man who became my husband, who happens to have Type 1 Diabetes. We’ve been living together for the past four years, and he switched from manual injections to the MedTronic insulin pump 2 years ago. Now, for my question.
For the past four years that I’ve been living with my DH, I’ve noticed a lot of things about both of our diets. I fully understand that he as a diabetic, with such severe diabetes, needs to eat on a regular schedule, and especially when his sugar gets too low, but he grew up in a family that ate EVERY meal together, no matter if it was just a snack, or a real meal, unlike mine who would eat maybe 2 meals together a day. My DH gets very frustrated when I don’t feel like eating when he’s ready to eat. I have offered numerous times to sit with him and maybe snack on something, but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough of a deal for him.
My own weight has skyrocketed because I am trying to keep up with his eating schedule. (He’s a grazer…more happy to eat 6-8 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones) He’s guarenteed to eat once every 4 hours without fail.
My question is, has anyone else delt with this before, and how did you handle it? I work as a Paramedic and a Fire Fighter, and I’m constantly on the road, but I find myself trying not to eat when I know it’s between 2 and 3 hours to the end of my shift, because I know the hubby will want to bond over dinner when I get home. I don’t want anyone to think that I am at my wits end or anything, because it’s not at that point yet, and I know further that when he vents his frustration, it’s the low BGM that’s talking, not him.
Any one who can give any advice is welcome, thank you.