I love it when I can sit back and observe C educating those around us about diabetes!
The other day, at one of my son's baseball games, there was a little boy sitting on the bleachers behind us. His brother was also in the game. He must be around 4, maybe 5 at the most. As I was scrambling in C's bag to test her and check out the snacky situation, I reached around to pull out her pump from her pack. For the most part, this strange routine does not get much attention from people. We've learned how to do it quickly and without much fuss. But this time, it really caught the little boy's eyes.
"What's that?" he said, loudly. "Is it a video game? Can I play it? Where'd you get it? Why does she have that?" He wasn't stopping with the questions! And by now, those immediately near us were also beginning to wonder about this cute little pink thing themselves.
I interrupted him. "It's a machine, like a little computer, to help give C medicine," I said. I glanced up at the dad and smiled.
Before anyone could say anything else, the little boy continued. "Oh, I got medicine today. I have a cough. But I don't have to have a machine. Could I play with it? Does it have games?"
I could tell that more explanation was needed. By this time, another lady told me she thought C was awfully young to have a cell phone. She laughed. I just wasn't in the mood for diabetes education at the moment. But C chimed in and told the little boy herself "It's not a toy. It helps keep me healthy. I have diabetes. And my pump gives me insulin through this tube. So, no, you can't play with it. It's not a toy." To that, the little boy said, "oh, okay." In a split second he hopped off the back of the bleachers and was wrestling around with some other kids.
I whispered to C "good job." She smiled at me. "Let's go to the snackbar!"