Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Through Children's Eyes
It never ceases to amaze me how observant children are, especially when it comes to diabetes. I get asked by 3-5 year olds, "What's that she has?" "Why are you doing that?" I try to explain in simple terms, but sometimes I don't know what to say, and so I started including observers in the check sugar/insulin dose process.
Lainey attends weekly nursery at church. When they have snack time, of course 'Lainey's Mommy' comes in with the little black case to prick her finger. One particular Sunday, I was asked by a 3 year old if he could have a turn. So I pretended to prick his finger, put imaginary blood on a test strip, and I told him "You're 76. You are just right!" Then I proceeded to 'check' the next 7 kids around the snack table.
Nowadays when I come to check sugar during snack time, random kids will hold up their finger and point it at me to 'check'. They don't see Lainey as different, and they sort of understand that she needs 'medicine' every time she eats. I'm grateful she feels included and comfortable around other children.
Today, as I was putting the girls down for a nap, I got out Lainey's meter to check her. My cute 2 year old sits up in bed and asks, "Mommy? Keck Nay-nee's egua?" (Translation: Mommy? Check Lainey's sugar?) I answered yes. Then Libby said "Oh" and laid back down.
She knows more than most kids her age.
Posted by Megann at 9:54 PM