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.

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).

Caden, my very own type-1 diabetes hero.

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73 thoughts on “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.


  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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. 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


  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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