Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sarah.... steps up to the plate....

Diabetes affects everyone in the family....not just the child and parents, but the siblings as well. It will be interesting to see how this ultimately impacts each one our children.

So far we have not asked the girls to help with J.J.'s diabetes. This is our responsibility and we know that. Jess(14 y.o) took one of the classes with us in the hospital, but is somewhat apprehensive. Hannah(12 y.o.) is just too scared she will mess up somehow. If they were to show interest we would definitely teach them at least how to check blood. It would be nice to know there is someone else in the house that could take over in the event something happened to me or Jason.

Well....yesterday Sarah(10 y.o) stepped up to the plate. She asked at dinner if she could check J.J.'s blood for us....meal times are always rushed now with measuring food, checking blood sugars, recording carbs, etc. The first finger poke she completely missed the skin....J.J. said "You didn't do anything, Sarah." The second time she did it and got enough blood. This morning I let her do the entire check herself. J.J. was tired and didn't want her to do it, but she did great. Much better than my first few tries.

I'm not sure if she gained confidence after we watched a video together we received from the American Diabetes Association. It was an introductory video explaining diabetes to newly diagnosed patients. The "actors" were just normal kids with diabetes. I think the kids gained a lot of great information and it was good for them to hear from other kids what it's like to live with diabetes, and how they manage it. All the kids in the video were of course healthy active kids. I think the video helped ease the girls' fears after seeing J.J. so sick in the hospital.

Sarah also caused our hearts to melt yesterday when she offered her $500 savings to go towards helping J.J. get the pump. We've already adjusted their lifestyle a family we decided to forgo 4-H horse activities this year as that is one of our biggest "not so necessary" extracurricular activities.....besides Jason sold the vehicle that would transport the horses to the practices etc.....anyway......I explained a little more in detail yesterday why we've adjusted our lifestyle a bit, and a little into the decision making process. That's when she said "J.J. can have my $500 savings. I don't know what I'm gonna do with it." She has a sweet tender heart!!


Martha said...

Hi Lynnea,
I just wanted to invite you to a great website for parents of children with diabetes:
There's lot of support, along with a wealth of information found there. Come join us int he chat or the forums sometime.
(mom of Tim,15, dxd with d @ age 12)
also homeschooling.

Colleen said...

I found you through Penny's blog,
I am not a parent of a child with diabetes but, I am a parent. Sarah's offer of her savings is neat.

Shannon said...

Hi Lynnea,

Like Colleen, I came here from Penny's blog.

My son just turned 8 on Monday and has been on the pump since he was 3 1/2 yrs old. He was diagnosed at 2 1/2 yrs old. I know the challenges you face. You're not alone. There are a lot of parents in the OC who will show support as well as adults with diabetes (and some teens) who are in the OC blog group as well.

Sarah has a good heart :)

Donna said...

Hi Lynnea,
I found your blog via Penny's. Sounds like you have a great family.

I'm not a parent of a child with diabetes. But I was a child with diabetes. I've had type 1 for 37 years. So with all the great advancements in diabetes care since I was diagnosed, your son should be fine. I'll keep you in my prayers. Take care.

Kate said...


Hi! I'm Kate from Australia, who also is a homeschooling Mum to my 7 year old son who has Type 1 Diabetes. He was diagnosed at 1 1/2 years, and he knows no other life living with Diabetes.

I am fully prepared to support,offer advice, and comfort through this delicate and tricky few months. ( I'm adding you to my blogroll right now!

I also am a JDRF Mentor to teenagers in my city who are coping with Type 1 Diabetes and becoming an adult as well as dealing with high school.

I look forward to hearing from certainly sound like a fantastic bunch and I wish you the very best..hour by hour. :D

Big Love
Kate and Lance.

mel said...

Hi! I'm here because of Penny's blog as well. I've had diabetes for just over 20 years; diagnosed when I was 5.

Has anyone pointed you to yet? They have a group just for parents there.


Chris said...


as well as many here, Hi! I found you because of Penny's blog. I have had type 1 for 20 years now. The Online community has been so great. I can understand that the lifestyle change is a difficult one but believe me when I say it gets to be more of a routine. Not particularly easier to understand or predict but easier to manage.

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