Charlotte's little sister, Amelia, is an amazing little girl! She has a BIG heart and is definitely the most loving and compassionate 4 year old I've ever known! Don't get me wrong she's definitely had her share of meltdowns and temper tantrums...several of which have been real doozies! But Amelia has also had to deal with more than most little girls her age...she's never known a life without diabetes in it; Charlotte was diagnosed just 11 months before she was born.
Amelia's vocabulary already includes words like diabetes, ketones, glucose, and insulin. And watching her play with her baby dolls is very different than watching her classmates doing the same...her version includes things like blood sugar checks and pump site changes. And her artwork even includes elements of diabetes...
|Amelia's portrait of Charlotte and her "diabetes stuff" |
(meter with test strip, pump, juice box, and supply bag)
It was quite an experience for Amelia...and I think she learned a lot (at a 4 year old level). Her "pump tubing" did get caught on things and got pulled out several times...so she quickly got tired of it and took it off after a few hours. But she remained faithful and wore her "pump" and carried her meter for the entire day. I used that opportunity to explain to her how it might be fun for her to "play diabetes" and be just like her big sis, but that Charlotte can't just take off her pump and tubing whenever she feels like it and it isn't really fun for sissy. I think it was a good lesson for her ...and I know Charlotte really enjoyed having another T1'er in the house for the day.
I have great relationships with both of my sisters (I'm the middle of 3 girls). So I was thrilled when Amelia was born and knew that Charlotte would have a sister to share things with the way I have with mine. Only I had no idea then how T1 would influence and strengthen their bond as sisters!