Yeah, you can curse me later for getting the theme song to 'Golden Girls' stuck in your head! ;)
As you know, this week the girls have been attending VBS (Vacation Bible School). This is the same VBS that Bean has been going to since she was 3, the VBS she went to the week I had Bug and was in the hospital (thank goodness for the nesting instinct that had me get all of her outfits for the week ready Sunday night ~ they had a specific color to wear each day that summer!), the VBS that would make our summer incomplete if she didn't attend.
But I digress....this is supposed to be about being a friend...
Last year, before Bean was dx'ed, I had made plans with a mom of a classmate for Bean to hang out at their house each Monday. There were also plans for Bean to go with them to their VBS and for the friend, we'll call her G, to attend our VBS.
When D entered the picture, I wasn't sure how those plans would pan out.
I called the mom the Sunday night we got home from the hospital to let her know that Bean wouldn't be there the next day and she told me that her sister was T1 and there was no reason Bean shouldn't or couldn't come over...well, now! Yep, she's awesome like that!
So needless to say, Bean (and I, because Ubergeek wasn't quite as OK with it yet) went over the next afternoon and it was the first step to 'making things normal' of our D-journey. After just a couple of Mondays with me tagging along, Bean went solo for the rest of the summer...ah, joyful normal!
G has always been OK with all things D related. She's never had a problem with Bean testing or doing shots (when she was on MDI last summer and would eat lunch with her every Monday!). She's helped other friends 'get over' D stuff when they've made a big deal about it and has thus helped Bean be OK with doing what needs to be done where ever and whenever it needs to be done.
G has accompanied the girls again this year to our VBS. She has stayed to play for the afternoon Tuesday and today.
At lunch today, I witnessed something utterly amazing.
Bean was doing her normal before eating thing: setting up to test.
G was doing her normal thing: hovering right over Bean's shoulder to watch.
Then G asked if she could help. Um, what?
So, Bean showed her how to cock the AccuCheck Multi Clix and G cocked it.
Then Bean let G put it against her finger and then hit the button to prick her finger!! WHAT?!?
Bean put her finger up to the strip while G commented 'wow, that was a lot of blood this time!'
It was crazy to watch/hear....I was trying to not stand there with my mouth gaping open!
It's one thing for Bean to let someone 'invade her space' while she's testing.
She's never had an issue about doing that around people or with them watching.
BUT to actually let them poke her finger? WOW!
For G to always be supportive and OK with all things D is great.
BUT for her to want to take it a step further, from watching to DOing? WOW!
That's a friend!
Yeah, G's totally who we'll be having over for Bean's first sleep over! ;)