Yesterday I took a 1/2 day from work due to 2 lovely-super exciting yearly appointments. First was my diabetes appointment. When I was sitting in the waiting room a Mom-Dad and a 2 1/2 year old little girl walked in. You could tell it was their first time there. The little girl was scared to death and cried almost the whole time begging her parents to take her home. Just her crying alone almost made me cry. Then when I got my finger pricked I asked my nurse if the little girl had diabetes she said yes and it was like a rush of emotions over me. I can't imagine what the parents would have to go through with a child being pricked and having to give your child a shot and not knowing if they are low or high because the child doesn't know her own body to be able to tell them. Well I was seated back in the waiting room again (which is odd-b.c. normally they just get you into a room). But the family came back out there because the little girl was so upset and crying as well as the Mother at this point. I took out my phone and turned it to the Mickey Mouse movie that I had on there for Addison for the little girl to watch. Then I broke down in front of them and explained that I have had diabetes for 24 years this month. I hugged the Mom and we all sat there and cried together. The Dad was even in tears at this point. Come to find out they had just found out that morning that the little girl had diabetes-her blood sugar was over 600. Then I gave them some advice (hopefully helpful) and gave her my name and number and let the Mom know that she could call me any time and I offered to keep the little girl if they wanted a night out. Since there are not too many people that really GET Type1 Diabetes I thought it would be nice to have someone to be able to drop her off to and not worry. I told them in about 2 years she will understand that this is just normal and she will not know life without it. It will just take some getting use to and you can do this! Goodness-God placed me yesterday and since God knows me to a T he knew that I would say something to them. I don't know if I said the right things or not-but I knew that they needed a hug and a "it will be ok" yesterday. So my part of the appointment went well-my diabetes has improved from 8.5 to 8.2! Which is good for me. 6 H1AC is perfect. My doctor told me that 3 new type1 diabetics under the age of 6 came in this morning before 12pm! My goodness that is sad and I am more than sure that 3 sets of parents did not sleep last night knowing that their kid now has diabetes. So if you can remember in your prayers-these 3 families and their kids who's lives will forever be changed.
My second appointment went really well too. My eyesite improved! YAY