(Day 18 of NaBloPoMo)
The one thing that changed the most when The Superhero was diagnosed with Diabetes was the ability to leave him with just anyone. We no longer could ask ANY family member or friend to keep him. We needed someone who understood how to take care of him and his Diabetes.
Fortunately for us, The Superhero and The Princess have THE BEST NaNa and Pompa EVER. We have also met a few T1 Families who are willing to keep the kids, and one who has done so already. (Thanks Kris!)
We do have a family friend who has offered to watch the kids, and she and her husband will be trained at some point so we can leave the kids there too.
BUT, there are MANY families who have NO ONE. I received an email several weeks ago from a mom in our local support group asking for someone to watch her 6 year old T1 boy on a Friday night so she could go to a concert. I did not respond at first because they do not live in our area directly and I thought someone closer might work better.
Then when there was another plea for help from her, since no one had responded to the first email. I decided this was something we could do, as long as she was willing to bring him to us so our kids could go to bed as normal. (she needed someone from 4pm-2am, roughly)
Well, a few weeks ago we met C. and his mom the day before her concert. The kids hit it off great and I knew it would be ok. C.'s mom dropped him off the next afternoon and left him in our care for the night. We had agreed it would be easiest to just leave him overnight and pick him up in the morning.
So, for one night, we had a flash back to our days of shots and many finger pokes. No CGM and No pump was interesting, but worked out fine. We checked him several times that night and only had to treat a minor low to bump him up a bit.
And the kids LOVED C. The Princess would not leave the boys along for one second. The Superhero talked about C. for days and wants him to spend the night again.
I am thankful we were able to give C's mom a much needed night off. I am sure we will be doing it again sometime.
Here is a picture of what we are calling "The Diabetic Due & The Princess" (playing Wii)