Sunday, December 20, 2009

Playing Nurse

I'm sure every diabetic would love the chance to stick someones finger other than their own. How many kids get to play nurse with a REAL needle? LOL! Last night, Kacey got that chance! Kayleigh was laying on the couch when she said, "Mom, I feel lightheaded." Kacey immediately jumped up and shouted, "Are you low?" (first instincts...lol!) So I asked her if she had any other symptoms? That "Mommy gut" always grabs me when she gets a symptom out of line. She said her tummy wasn't feeling too good and she was tired. Kacey jumps back in with, "Mom! She might be low!" and she runs to get the extra test kit. I used this as a moment for Kacey to stick someone elses finger instead of her own for a change. Kayleigh wasn't too thrilled about it at first but then when I explained that Kacey had more "experience" than I did, we all got a chuckle out of it! She told Kayleigh that she would set the lancet on a number 1 so it wouldn't hurt. She tested her and Kayleigh barely got stuck. So Kacey cranked it up to a 3 and used the other hand...LOL! She got her that time!
I just couldn't resist the moment to capture this memory on camera. Kacey wants to be a nurse when she grows up so these pictures will be fun when she finally achieves that goal. Final diagnosis: She was a 97. No, it wasn't a low blood sugar but she made herself a snack and she felt better.Personally, my heart kind of did a flutter when I was watching them interact. Kacey took charge and was saying things like "Sissy, it's ok, I do this 10 times a day and it gets easier." and "Sissy, don't be scared. It won't hurt too bad." Just listening to the caring and compassionate nature in her voice reassured me that she's going to be one of those RN's or CDE's that REALLY make a difference in the life of another child with diabetes. This was also one of those moments that they will remember forever. The Sister Bond. Years later when they are having coffee and watching their kids play and Kacey says "Hey, you remember when I checked your blood sugar for the first time?" they are going to sit back and laugh.
Yes, my heart smiled!

9 comments:

Wendy said...

Great job, girls :) The future looks bright!

It's hard to believe that our kiddos do that so many times a day. Oh those aching fingertips!

Lora said...

How funny... I let Justin check my blood one day... That junk HURT!!
Try keepin a straight face when you wanna cry. lol

Meri said...

What a sweetie...I can just see her concern when she jumped up to test her sister!

I would let her check me! What a sweet girl to start on #1. :)

Amy said...

Sweet, sweet sisters! It does hurt and I wince every time I get a good look at Jada's fingers. These kids do it so well!

Joanne said...

So cute... I never had a sister and I love to hear about the bond these two have.

Shamae said...

Oh that is so sweet! Kacey will make a great nurse.

Leigh said...

That's cute! Glad her number was good though ;-).

Laura Houston said...

That is so sweet!!! It does hurt - I'm a wimp on #2!!

I love that you took pictures too!

:) Tracie said...

Isn't it funny how it hurts like the dickens on us, but yet our kids do it every day!?

Kacey will make a great nurse! What an emotional filled moment.