Had two class parties to go to today. My second one turned into a walk-in clinic (which I didn’t mind). I was looking forward to it bc there is a little girl who sits next to my son in class and she was just dx’d T1D several months ago. She is on MDI and uses the G6. The school is so careful about letting parents interact with kiddos who aren’t their own (like if I go to school for lunch I am only allowed to sit with my child alone in one of the designated booths) that I was hoping I’d get to talk to this little girl during the party.
When we were setting up beforehand, one of the parents mentioned, “Oh, I wonder what we can feed her? Don’t we have to know calories?” “We can give her fruit bc those are good sugars, right?” Teacher: “I can email her mom but I think we’re supposed to know the carbs.” The parents had cupcakes and cookies and were sure there was no nutrition info on the trays so they ended up telling the little girl they didn’t have anything for her. I left my ring toss station, went over to the snack table and looked under the bottom of the cookie tray and found the carb count. I let the teacher and the little girl know the carbs for a cookie so that she could participate. The little girl gave me a huge hug, said she was so glad I was there, and asked if I’d promise to come to the next class party. When she came through my ring toss station, she skipped the game and just talked diabetes gear with me. And then I got to chat with her more during clean up. She evidently likes to fish so maybe we’ll be able to take her fishing with us sometime. She hugged me again before I left and said she wished she could come home with me. (I’m not entirely sure what her home story is.)
Another adult asked me about my diagnosis story bc her college aged daughter was just tested for T1D and celiac (both negative).
Then a dad came up to me asking how to take care of his pre-diabetes bc it showed up during a DOT physical.
Busy day! I’m thrilled that I was able to connect more with my little buddy.