Just want to send a shout out to those friends of ours that really define the word friend. If you look up the word friend in the dictionary you’ll find this: “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.” Not very friendly sounding, but how do you define a friend?
As parents of a son with type 1 diabetes, we often hear of this sleepover party, or birthday party, that Joey wasn’t invited to. He’s a pretty popular kid, so we know it’s not because he isn’t liked. We totally understand why he isn’t invited, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. I figure as long as it doesn’t bother him, I’m not going to let it bother me.
On the other side of that, there are a few people in our lives that continually support Joey by making sure he is included, even if it means taking him to the water park, or taking him from 10:00am until 10:00pm, or even a sleepover, which is really remarkable that a friend, not family, would take on the D-challenge, for an entire day.
To put a day at the water park in perspective, when Joey swims he typically goes low, he has to be checked every hour on the hour, his pump has to be checked to make sure he is still getting insulin. You sort of (not sort of, HAVE to) have to know how to treat a low, in an instance. You have to have a safe place to put his type 1 supplies, can’t really leave them unattended on a table, like we leave our towels, so someone has to have their eye on it at all times. It’s a pain in the butt for a parent to go to a water park, but for a friend to do it? Remarkable.
Then there is that friend that offers to take Joey overnight, really remarkable. Even though he has had multiple offers, he has only slept over a friends house one time. The next day the parents told us that they have a whole new perspective of what type 1 is all about.
I just can’t say enough great things about these friends that are really extraordinary people. They include Joey and take the time to understand what type 1 is all about. That is all we can hope and pray for, for our child that has type 1, to be included in normal activities that others take for granted. Because in the end, he is just a child, like yours, who wants to be a kid.
It’s incredible to me that we have been blessed with these true friends, we are so thankful.
You know who you are. Thank you!!!!!