When our daughter was diagnosed, we were told by the nurses to contact the JDRF for a teddy bear. At the time I was thinking that it would have been even better had she been given a special present while actually in the hospital.
As we settled in back home, I eventually e-mailed our state’s JDRF chapter to request our Bag of Hope. They mailed it with lightening speed and I think we received it two days later.
And that was a good thing.
Q had been pretty compliant about finger checks and injections up until that point. But all of a sudden, about a month out from diagnosis, she decided she just was not having it any more.
Injections were accompanied by screaming and tears and threats from me that she could do it the easy way or the hard way. I had to demand that she could sit still or I could hold her down because the only choice was to make it quick or drag it out. But there was no choice whether or not to get an injection.
This rebellion made for a difficult few days. I don’t blame her. She was four and had every right to be fed up. But I didn’t know what to do to get over this hump.
And then Rufus arrived, as if summoned by her D-Fairy God Mother.
We read the book about the little boy who was diagnosed with diabetes and his special bear. And then we practiced checking Rufus’ finger and giving him an injection.
And it worked!
No more struggles. No more tears. No more screaming. No more trying to get away from the needle that was coming toward her.
She still plays with Rufus, occasionally wanting to do his finger check or give him an injection. She doctors him up when he is feeling sick. She’s repaired broken limbs and covered him in countless Band-Aids.
And when we were thinking about starting an insulin pump, she hooked Rufus up with one, too.
So if your child is newly diagnosed or you know someone who is, encourage them to contact their JDRF chapter and request the Bag of Hope. It really can help.