I am 41 years old , have been in my job for past 10 years. I have lived in Dorking for the past 8 years. I have a very close group of friends, a husband, sister and cousin all of whom I am lucky enough to consider my best mates. I guess you could say I am pretty settled, happy and content with what I have. When Arlo was diagnosed it felt like my whole world had just ended and a new one popped up to replace the old one. Everything looked the same but it was different, My settled, happy content life had been taken away from us. Or at least that’s how I felt in those first couple of weeks following diagnosis. I felt very isolated, very alone. The day after Arlo was diagnosed two friends texted me saying they knew someone whose child also had type 1 diabetes and did I want their contact details.
I remember reading the texts and even though at the time I was still trying to get my head around everything. Just knowing there was other parents out there made me less lonely.
One of the mums – Penny lived in the next village to us. Like us Penny had a six year old girl with type 1 diabetes, unlike us she also had a twelve year old boy with type 1 diabetes!
Numbers and emails were exchanged and then three weeks later we arranged to meet.
I was slightly nervous to begin with. I had no idea what the outcome of our meeting would be. Weather it would make me feel better or worse about our situation.
We clocked each other and before even speaking Penny just grabbed me and said ” I just need to give you a hug and tell you it will get better.”
I spent most of the time switching between sobbing , ranting and staring in total bewilderment as Penny passed over to me a Smiggle case ( see end of post for information), snippets of information, and a whole heap of paperwork to help us when Arlo went back to school all of which Penny had compiled herself to help and support the school. Arlo had just gone back to school for mornings only with 1/2 hourly telephone calls from us to check everything was ok. I had not even contemplated how we were going to mange the school and work when Arlo needed to go back full time. Penny motivated me into looking at the future and to start thinking about a back to school plan.
That was six months ago and Penny and I still meet as often as we can. I didn’t know it back then but Penny much like Mrs L- Arlo’s Diabetic Nurse are two people who have come into my life and have become friends as well as a huge support . Being thrown a curve ball that changes your life path makes you think. Had it not been for Type 1 Diabetes our lives would never have crossed. Had we met in different circumstances say at school / school clubs / though our kids I’m pretty sure that we would have connected and become friends.
Perks of diabetes #1 = New Friends
Smiggle Pencil Cases.
Penny introduced me to the world of Smiggle. They are pencil cases that make excellent cases for kids and diabetes equipment. They are perfect size for kids to carry or to keep in there school bag, they are also perfect size to chuck in your bag when you are heading out.
You can easily fit into your bag :
- Blood Glucose machine
- Finger pricker
- Test Strips
- Diabetic levels diary
- NOK and Hospital information /medical alert information
- Insulin pens x2 in our case it was novorapid & Lantus
- Glucose sweets and glucogel
- Carton apple juice
These are the soft cases which are £12.00