Just as so many people have said, James has had very few limits since his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes years ago. I've been able to watch him in sporting events and school performances, at amusement parks, on nature trails, and he's been very happy and successful. But one of the side effects of having a child with type 1 diabetes AND being somewhat of a type A mom who needs constant control is that there aren't many DROP-OFF events—or at least there haven't been many yet.
Until Rachel invited him to her play, that is! Rachel is James' cousin, Aunt Jenny's daughter. Jenny is the third member of our little "band" of local sisters-in-law that see each other at least twice weekly. Like Kim, she's been absolutely awesome at learning every aspect of diabetes management. Unlike Kim, she doesn't have a child of her own with type 1 diabetes. I sometimes wonder if she feels left out not contributing to this blog. However, as wonderful as it has been to chronicle the joys of our life, I think Jenny is quite happy NOT to join our club!
Anyway, the boys and I had planned on attending the play together when my other son Luke got a slight cold. Elementary schools have a fair tolerance for mild coughing but Luke happens to have a trigger-happy vomit reflex when coughing, and so attending the play became impossible. However, when I called to cancel, Jenny offered to take James with the rest of her brood. She is absolutely competent to watch him and care for him in every way -- he's over at her house all the time -- but it still floored me that I was relinquishing control at a public event, of all places!
Happily for James, I let go of my stresses and inhibitions and let him go, trusting fully in Aunt Jenny's ability to care for him. And he had a GREAT night. He loved the play and even got to eat the donuts offered as refreshments afterward. I had one phone call from Jenny about the carb count for the donuts, but otherwise the event unfolded seamlessly. I felt like the mom of any 7-year-old attending a friend's play with the family. That hadn't happened to us before, and it felt great!
Thank you, Rachel, for your wonderful performance and for including us on that great night! And thank you, Aunt Jenny, for being a rock star aunt and making a 7-year-old's (and his mother's) night!
About the author: My name is Jennifer, and I live in Southern California with my husband, Craig, and our three boys. Our oldest son James has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I’m thankful for this opportunity -- along with my sister-in-law Kim and her daughter Kaitlyn, who also has type 1 diabetes -- to share our struggles and triumphs with our friends in the diabetes community.
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