Over Memorial Day weekend, our family traveled to the NC mountains area to visit friends who have a 4 year old son. Our “vacations” are quite different now that we have a kid – the focus is more on finding things we ALL will enjoy instead of it being a sight-seeing adventure for just myself and my husband. Visiting friends who have children is a win-win because, since our daughter is a rambunctious and curious 2 year old, we knew we were heading to a kid-friendly house that would provide plenty of new distractions, and would hopefully hold some fun for all of us. Our daughter could be involved in various kid-activities and play games with their son, and while they were self-entertaining, it might allow us parents to play some games of our own – like Settlers, Puerto Rico, and Tichu.
Penelope and Magnus (code names invented to protect our innocent kids who may not want their names splashed all over the internet) had an awesome time playing together with his drum-set, guitars, rescue helicopter, train set, and even built (with some parental assistance) a fortress/tunnel out of couch pillows and ottoman cubes.
Then a game seemed to sprout up mysteriously (to the untrained diabetic eye) where they took these little Leap-Frog game cartridges and lifted up their shirts to put them underneath. I heard them saying “meh-sin” (medicine) a lot, and then they would run around and show these cartridges to us. It was funny how both of them had one, and would mimic doing the exact same thing.
Of course I knew where this game had originated – the night before, they caught me pulling out my pump from underneath my shirt and giving myself a bolus before dinner. “What’s that?” Magnus asked. “It’s my medicine, ” I said. “It helps me be able to eat and process my food so I can have the energy to be healthy and strong.”
Penelope has always been curious about all my diabetic accoutrements – insulin pump, CGM site on my thigh, and testing my sugar using the finger-stick meter. She’s getting old enough now that I’ve started giving her a little more information about my “meh-sin” and how I take care of myself. I follow several other diabetes patient blogs (like SixUntilMe) where the bloggers have children of similar ages to Penelope, so I’m paying attention to the various conversations people have with their kids surrounding diabetes. I don’t ever want to scare her or make her worry about me, but I do want her to be cognizant and informed about my condition. Always a new frontier where diabetes and my family is concerned 🙂