Plainly put, being a sick teen sucks with a capitol “S”. I know, I’ve been there. There’s nothing you want more than to just be normal. I wanted to eat, and hang out, and play sports or do after school activities. But instead, I had half days because being on dialysis wiped me out much of the day. Being “different” was hard. Having an over protective family was harder.
So as a parent, what do you do? You want the best for them. You hassle them to keep up with their meds. You try to make them comfortable and maybe even start to do their responsibilities. Well, here’s my suggestion – STOP IT!
I can see the expressions now – maybe of shock or utter “oh no she di-n’t” face. But let me give you some reasons why I say so. Read the rest of this entry →