Thursday, March 21, 2013

Our Gang

Kids, in general, have a natural curiosity about Madeline's diabetes.  When Madeline was first diagnosed, it was agreed that we would not hide her blood sugar tests and insulin shots.  From anyone.  We wanted the kids, especially, to watch and see what was going on.  At first it was a pretty big deal.  Most kids are not a fan of shots, and just the sight of Madeline's insulin needle created many "oooooohs!" and "aaaaaahhhs!".  She was the new toy.  But just like anything, as time went on, it was just part of the normal routine.  Madeline was no longer the new and shiny object in the room.

 As all the kids grow older, so does their knowledge of the diabetes world we live in.  It seems everyday one of them will say something that makes me smile, or have me laughing in hysterics inside.

Sophia's way of reassuring me I'll always have a helper : "When Madeline and I grow up we are going to live together.  Don't worry mom, you can teach me to take care of Madeline and her diabetes.  I don't think I'll be scared of blood by then.".  Sweetie, if you have to take care of Madeline by the time the two of you can live together, diabetes won't be our biggest issue.  

Madeline's idea of cutting our babysitting costs down:  "I know you  think you can't leave me home alone right now because of my diabetes.  I can start testing myself and give myself a shot if you want.  For real life.".  Honey, that is so sweet, but Ellie the stuffed elephant will not be able to help you be alone.  And no, 15 + 15 = 30 is not the correct insulin dosage.

Aaron informing anyone within a mile radius of Madeline:  "She cannot eat that.  She has diabetes and that is not good for her!  Her mom will get really mad!".  Buddy, that is so sweet you look out for her.  I will never have to worry as long as you are by her side.  And I appreciate you sneak all your snacks to your bedroom and eat them alone in the dark.

Reagan explaining her future profession:  " I want to watch every time you test Madeline or give her a shot.  I want to be a nurse who helps with diabetes and I will need to know how to do all of this.".  Wow, only 6 and you already know your medical specialty.  You may need to control  that little giggle you do every time you watch tests and shots.  We laugh like crazy, but it might make one of your patients a little nervous.

Ruby lending a helping hand:  "I can give Madeline her diabetes shot tonight.  I have my Doc McStuffins  doctor bag and am really good at giving shots now.".  What a  little sweetheart.  Even Madeline said you give better shots with your gigantic pretend needle over my real, little one.  Well done.

I am happy Madeline has family and friends that understand she is no different than anyone else.  She is one of the gang, and is treated no different.  There may be times when she needs to step away to deal with diabetes, but all her little buddies wait patiently for her return.

And for the days when one of us forgets she is dealing with a chronic illness and may need to shed a few tears:

"You would cry too if I stuck a big needle in your butt!" 

True that Madeline.


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