A couple of weeks ago, I had an experience that changed my life! I dropped Kaitlyn off at a birthday party … alone! Many of you with young children or those new to type 1 diabetes might be thinking the same thing as me -- that’s crazy! My mom even suggested that I better be careful who I tell or someone might call child protective services on me! Although it seems a tad radical, let me tell you exactly how it happened.
It was a super crazy Saturday (as always). Evan was out of town all day, so it was up to me to manage all the kids and their activities. I had two birthday parties, two play dates, and of course, the kids couldn’t miss the hardware store’s regular kids’ workshop in the morning. The day was going well -- children were dressed, presents were wrapped, everyone was fed and ready to go. We made it through the workshop and the first birthday drop-off, picked up a friend to come and play, and then it was time to drop Kaitlyn off for the party. She was so excited and had been talking about this party for days!
We drove over, and I walked her in. I talked to her friend’s mom about what kinds of food the kids would eat and at what time they were going to serve it. Typically, when Kaitlyn has a birthday party to attend, I drop her off and then come back when they plan to serve the food. I realized, though, that there was going to be no way that I would be able to finish doing all my drop-offs and pick-ups and make it back in time. I kind of panicked! Most of the time, Kaitlyn is so patient, but in this case, I couldn’t bear the thought of all the girls sitting around the table in their party hats eating their food and Kaitlyn having to wait. I made the decision to let her handle the dosing with the friend’s mother’s supervision. Kaitlyn had been doing this for months at home with no problems, but this was the first time I allowed her to do it away from my watchful eye. I dished up a plate for her, and I labeled it with her name and the carb count. I talked to Kaitlyn about it, and she did not seem nervous at all. She waved me off and ran off to play with the other girls. She had no idea what a momentous occasion this was for me! I gave the mom my cell phone number and reluctantly walked out the door.
When I returned to pick Kaitlyn up two hours later, everything was fine! I immediately checked her blood sugar and the history on her pump to make sure everything went through, and everything was perfect. Whew! I’m so glad it went all right! I’m always amazed at how capable she is! It makes me feel better about trying it again sometime!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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