I will probably be told off by Finley in future years for this post, but I couldn’t resist writing about my proud Mum moment today.
Today my handsome boy has started secondary school for the first time, and I was awake most of the night panicking and stressing and mentally making a list of the things I might have forgotten to pack.
I sound like a neurotic over protective Mum don’t I?
However if you are the parent of a child with health concerns, like Fin with his Type 1 Diabetes, or if you are a regular reader of my blog, then you’ll likely understand.
When Fin was 5 and he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he almost died. Him starting secondary school and all the other milestones that have come before almost didn’t happen. I am grateful everyday (even the days when he drives me mad!) that the bravest person I know is still here. I’m sure you can imagine how emotional today was for me!
Type 1 Diabetes can really complicate things at times.
Along with the usual stresses for a child starting secondary school, such as whether he will like his new teachers, whether he will make new friends and finding his way around a huge new building, Fin has more to worry about.
Fin has to remember where the nurse’s office is to pop there to do his injection (he does this himself) at lunchtime, he worries that after doing his injection he won’t be able to find his friends. He has to remember to test his finger at the right times, and he worries about people staring at him while he does it, or getting told off by a teacher who doesn’t know what he’s doing or why.
He needs to treat himself with glucose tablets if he goes low and he needs to remember and look after a whole host of other things that most children don’t need to worry about.
I’m not telling you all this to make you pity him, but I am telling you it so you can realise why I am quite so proud of my son – both of my sons obviously before Harley tells me off.
Fin hated primary school at times, he sometimes refused to go and it was a very stressful time. This is another reason why Fin walking in to that building today with a smile and not even looking back has made me so very proud of him.
He doesn’t let Type 1 Diabetes hold him back, and we as a family wouldn’t let him either. I am so very very proud of my handsome young man today, and I do have a gorgeous photo of him in his new school uniform, but that’s just for us.
Here he is though on his first ever day of primary school – and a rare photo of the boys hugging!