Sophia Goes to the Endocrinologist

by Leighann on August 26, 2010

American Girl Doll

Image courtesy www.americangirl.com

The Christmas Gift

One weekend my mother, my daughter, and I headed to Chicago to spend the day. Her grandmother had wanted to buy her an American Girl doll for her Christmas present.

When Q came to the case of 20 or so Just Like Me dolls, she quickly picked out the one that she thought looked, well, just like her.

That night as she and the doll sat on the couch in their matching pajamas, ready for bed, Q said about her new doll she named Sophia:

She looks just like me.
She’s a super hero just like me.
She’s fast and strong just like me.
She has diabetes just like me.

Since then, Sophia, along with Rufus and her super hero bear, have been subjected to countless blood sugar checks, injections, and check ups at home.

The Doctor Visit

As we packed for our most recent trip to the endocrinologist (remember it’s 200 miles each way!), she said it was important for Sophia to come along. After all, she has diabetes and needs to see the doctor, too.

After the nurse took a big drop of blood for the A1c test and measured Q’s height and weight, she did the same for Sophia.

After the nurse took Q’s blood pressure and listened to her heartbeat, she did the same for Sophia.

When the doctor came in she asked if her doll was here for an appointment too. Q responded by saying that Sophia has diabetes this week. Sometimes she has diabetes, but sometimes she doesn’t.

After the doctor gave Q the once-over, Sophia got a once-over, too.

Role Play

I think it’s important for younger children to role play and have dolls or stuffed animals that have diabetes too. It’s true that children need someone to identify with since the majority of their friends do not have diabetes (thankfully).

When we upgrade meters, I give her the old one. I give her empty test strip vials and the old insulin pens. Her diabetes supply bag for her dolls includes logbooks. The animals get once overs with the real stethoscope that the nurses kindly gave her in the hospital at diagnosis.

She helps manage their diabetes.

 

If your newly diagnosed child has not received the Bag of Hope which includes Rufus, request one right away. You only have three months.

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1 Heather August 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

My girls all role play with Diabetes! They play doctor much more now then they did before Lovebug’s diagnosis. I never thought about letting Lovebug take Rufus or one of her other dolls with her to her Endocrinology appointments. I will have to remember that one! Thanks for sharing!

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2 Joanne August 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

Elise is always telling me about her dolls/stuffed animals etc. that have diabetes. She loves to test their blood sugar and tell me that they are low. As I’m typing this, she’s using the injector-thingy for her Dexcom to put sensors on her baby doll!

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3 Denise August 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

Rufus was a lifesaver after my son was diagnosed at 3 and half years old. Now more than half of his stuffed “friends” have diabetes and he takes such good care of them (with all his old supplies) It is so sweet to watch (and so sad as well)

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4 Christine August 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

My sweet LuLu does the same thing with her American Girl Bitty Baby. Just like LuLu, Princess wears an Omnipod., Dexcom sensors, and gets her blood sugar checked, too. I don’t think we can possibly understand just how important it is for our T1s to take care of their T1s. Some days it breaks my heart to hear about her “babies” having diabetes, but I know it is LuLu’s way of processing the chaos this disease brings to her life. For that, I am grateful that she plays “diabetes” with her dolls.

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5 Pam August 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

My daughter also has an American Girl Doll with Diabetes. She even has her own insulin pump and pump pouch we found at T&J Design online. Very cute! I love watching her take care of her doll.

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