I volunteer in the nursery at our church, and we have two twin toddler boys in my class that are relatively new. A couple of weeks ago, the Director of the nursery area mentioned to me that the boys have a 3 yr old brother who is diabetic, and wears an insulin pump like mine. So of course my curiosity was peaked. Unfortunately, since that day, I hadn’t seen the parents again (one of the twins had tubes put in so they’d been out.) But yesterday, I finally saw them.
I was standing in line to pick up my son and behind me, I hear, “Come here, honey.. let’s check your blood sugar.” So I of course immediately turned around to see who it was speaking my language
It was the parents of the aforementioned little boy.
So I went up to the mom (she recognized me, because as I mentioned her two toddler twin boys are in my class) and I told her, “Hi, I’d heard that J wears an insulin pump, so I just wanted to say hi, and tell him that I also wore one.” The mom was so excited. She said, “Look, J, Miss Shannon wears an insulin pump just like yours!” He wears the Medtronic like mine, but his is blue and mine’s purple. J becames fascinated with me all of a sudden … he came over and in his itty bitty 3 yr old voice asked me, “Do you have an infusion set, too?” I said, “yes, sir, I sure do!” He started to lift up my shirt, and asked me where it was. So I was able to redirect him to tell him that my infusion set is in my thigh, and I put his hand on it and asked if he can feel it. “He said, “Yeah, I can!” Then he quickly became distracted with my ever growing belly (something else I have in common with this family now – twins.) I found it both sad and cute that he and I had the conversation about infusion sets.
The mom seemed so excited to have someone to talk to. So we had the typical conversation of newly introduced D’s – when were you diagnosed, how old were you, etc. Little J was 1 1/2 .. Mom said that she knew something wasn’t “right” but the dr’s couldn’t figure it out. Once they finally received their diagnosis, they moved the family from Tennesee to Dallas so they could have a better pediatrician.
Mom told me that she was initially very scared to start pump therapy, but in the end she’s so glad she did it because it’s so much easier to control and you can give such smaller doses of insulin. She said there is no such thing as a “free carb” for J. That even one gram of carb shoots up his sugars, and even one unit of insulin will bottom him out. So with the pump, she’s able to find that “happy medium” that works most of the time (any of us know that there is no formula that works every time, but we shoot for at least getting the target the majority of the time.)
As I walked down the hall with my new friend, J, mom was so excited and talkative .. she gave me pointers on twins, on having 3 boys, and told me to look her up on Facebook, but said that we’ll definitely talk more. I told her that if she needed anything at all, to let me know. I know for me at least, if I was a D mom .. I’d feel a tad bit better knowing there was someone that “gets it” right down the hall that could help out if needed …
Like my friend, Scott, says it’s always awesome when we have encounters in the wild. Regardless of age — Diabetes does not discriminate.