GOOD INTENTIONS

She lined up the various jars at the sink. She screwed her face up in disgust at some of the labels. His attempt to help was well intentioned, but ill-conceived.

She had been living with type-1 diabetes for 20 years. She had patiently explained carb counting and insulin injections to him, as she had had to do for so many before.

He presented her with the jars and boxes last night. Low-carb alternatives, he said. It was sweet of him, she thought, as she tipped the sickly peach jelly down the plug hole.

She smiled. He had at least earned a second date.


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Copyright Ronda Del Boccio

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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Caden, my very own type-1 diabetes hero.

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73 responses to “GOOD INTENTIONS”

  1. I’ll have to book myself a diabetes check when we get back just to make sure everything has settled down. I’m type 2 and it’s all controlled by diet, so I hope that hasn’t changed, but I can’t afford to leave it until my annual check next May.

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    1. Sometimes we do wish type-1 and type-2 were called completely different things to avoid some of the misunderstandings, especially for Caden as he grows up, trying to educate people that his diabetes was caused by nothing to do with lifestyle or diet, but is an auto-immune disease. He manages pretty well, next check up for him is in January – right after Christmas chocolates have all been eaten!! Hope you are keeping well.

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      1. Thanks Iain, Surgery done and I’m on the mend. Will have to go back for the results, but there shouldn’t be a problem as there was nothing there.

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  2. He’s doing something right

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    1. He means well. Thanks Neil

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  3. Intentions are everything 😀

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    1. At least it’s a good sign that his heart is in the right place 🙂

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  4. Nice story. Your son looks wonderful

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    1. Thank you. He has his moments like any other 5 year old, but he is pretty wonderful.

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  5. Dear Iain,

    At least he’s making the effort. Your Caden is adorable.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle 🙂

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  6. So eventually she meets someone who ‘might’ understand. He could be a keeper. Just needs to be tweaked a little to get things right.
    It can’t be much fun having to count the carbs, and checking everything you are going to eat.

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    1. I think he’s worth sticking with for a bit longer. It’s not fun, can be quite unrelenting having to do it all the time, but it becomes a way of life and Caden manages to deal with it pretty well.

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  7. He gets points for trying. 🙂
    Caden is adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  8. The fact he’s trying is a sign that things could just work out. And Caden’s smile is the loveliest I’ve seen today!

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    1. Thank you Keith, you should hear his laugh, the most infectious thing 🙂

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  9. He gets points for trying – maybe next time he’ll listen with both ears.
    Caden is adorable. So young to have type 1.

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    1. Absolutely, at least he’s making an effort. Thank you, he manages to take it all in his stride (most of the time!) 🙂

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      1. What else can the laddie do but live with it?

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  10. He did try, bless him … 😉

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    1. Hopefully she appreciates a trier! 🙂

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      1. Yep … now, sometimes tryin’ is not enough, but it’s a start … 😉

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  11. This was a nice story, Lain. Yeah, I guess you can relate, I think Caden is in good hands.

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    1. Thanks Ted, we just take every day as it comes and he copes amazingly well.

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  12. Well-written, and I’m glad he was given a second date, as his heart is in the right place. Your son is adorable!

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome, Iain.

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  13. Trying to keep my A1C to stay under 7 has been hard, because I’m a chocoholic. My well-meaning hubby wants to help me by bringing me just a little chocolate every now and then. I’m going to have to tell him to stop it, but boy, I hate to do that!

    Loved your story. The guy really does deserve a second date 🙂

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    1. It’s tricky, we spend a lot of our time living by the numbers, but every so often you just have to relax a little and have a treat! Hope you are managing, thanks Linda

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      1. I am, Iain. I just pay a lot more attention to what I put in my mouth than I used to!

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  14. At least he’s trying… And his efforts are paying off it seems!

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    1. If he tries that little bit extra he could be on to a winner! Thanks Russell

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  15. You can’t fault the intentions. Perhaps just a little more research might be in order.

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    1. Let’s hope he does that. Thanks Sandra

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  16. He did a terrible job of understanding her condition, but he at least tried and it seems that’s better than what she’s experienced in the past. I feel for her, always needing to explain. Your little hero is adorable, Iain. Love his smile!

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    1. Thank you Brenda, he’s a little cheeky one! I do worry about the lack of understanding about type-1 diabetes – he will spend a lot of his life explaining to people…!

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      1. I can imagine that being difficult. But, it’s good that he’s cheeky!

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  17. At least he’s trying. There’s hope for him yet, it sounds like she hasn’t had much luck in the dating arena recently.

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    1. Maybe her best option is to stick with this one!

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  18. He’ll learn – given time – at least he’s willing.

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  19. Fantastic piece. So hard on so many people who have it. And so hard on kids especially who just want to eat like everyone else. Brave kiddo.

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    1. That’s the tricky part, he sees all his friends eating sweets whenever they want and as much as they want, but he is amazingly good about it! Thanks Laurie

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      1. I imagine that is absolutely the toughest part!

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  20. Sounds like he was trying, I have no experience of diabetes, the one where you have to watch out apart from a neighbour of mine who refused to admit he would lose to it. Eventually he did. Very sad, but a great piece Iain

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    1. Thanks, it’s certainly a life changing thing to have.

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  21. Not easy to live with diabetes. Glad she is in a better state of mind and is ready to go for a second date.

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  22. My grandmother has diabetes. I’m not sure which type. She was the worst. She loved sweets. When we went out to dinner, she would never finish her dinner but always saved room for dessert.

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    1. Probably type 2 if she got it when she was older.

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  23. Think you conveyed her exasperation and tight lipped’ness so clearly. I can imagine it’s hard to find someone who really understands what living with diabetes is really like.
    Your son looks really good.

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  24. It sounds like he might learn in time… sometimes at least making an effort is worth a gold star.

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  25. He sounds like a sensitive and considerate person.
    Caden has such a sweet smile!

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂

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  26. It sounds like his intentions were good. Glad she’s giving him another chance!

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  27. One of my friends, her son has type 1. He’s 15 and thinks he is invincible.

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    1. I hope he looks after himself.

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      1. I think he is getting better at it but when he was first diagnosed (about two years ago) he gave his mother a run for her money!

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  28. Great story Iain. Caden is sweet, soldiering on against Diabetes.

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  29. Piggybacking a comment to this post Iain as there are none possible on this week’s Friday Fictioneers which I thought was an excellent take again.

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    1. Thanks Di, and thanks for letting me know, seems to be a bug at the moment that keeps disabling comments on my posts, fixed now.

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  30. Sounds like a guy worthy of a second date for sure!
    Caden is a cutie! Love the name too Sorry he has to fight with diabetes but cheers to him for being a trooper about it!

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    1. Thank you, he is a very special little guy 🙂

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