Today we spent the day at the Omaha Zoo....in 90 something degree weather!! YIKES WAS IT HOT!! J.J.'s number's were good and all that.....we handled it......but this evening as I thought about the day I wanted to kick myself.
We were eating our $42 lunch of nacho chips, popcorn, 1 hot dog, 1 pretzel and 6 small pops...forty-two dollars!!.....when the kids said to me, "Mom, she has diabetes. They just checked her blood."
I tried not to stare.....or even look in the direction they were indicating....but I was curious, so I kept saying "The child or the mom?.....The child or the mom?......hello, someone answer me?"
Finally they realize it's the little girl....probably not much older than J.J....maybe younger.
We finish our meal, figure out carbs....(Yay for CalorieKing!!....Superpretzel's are listed!!).....and give J.J. his shot. All to the watchful eyes of this "other" family. My children overheard the little girl (Or was it the Mom?) say "Look, he gets shots in the stomach like I used to." Or something to that effect. So my kids are assuming she's on the pump.
We then walk away......
What was I thinking!!!?? This is the first time EVER...o.k....it's just been 7 months....but the first time EVER we have been out and about and encountered another child with diabetes just like J.J.. Why didn't I walk over to their table, introduce myself, take pictures of this little girl.....take more pictures with the girl and J.J....and then more pictures of the parents with the little girl? What is wrong with me?
So I think I've learned another lesson......I will put away my introverted personality the next time we encounter another family living with diabetes. I will introduce myself and hopefully offer encouragement to this other family.....just a simple "I live it, and I know" kind of thing. And if I think about it....take plenty of pictures to add to this blog..... for now I can only offer a picture of my little monkey......