Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Moment of Excitement!!

For work I am preparing three summer camps for elementary students, middle school students, and high school students. My email is constantly piling up with submission forms for camp. Each time I get a new one I go through the many steps for that student that need to be taken care of. First, I email them a registration code, then I add them to the roster, figure out the financial part, and then set up there emergency info. It's a process and I hated it last year, but this year, I have it all figured out and down to a science, I even get to go the high school camp as a counselor.

I was combing through a student application yesterday afternoon and when I got to there emergency information the words Type 1 diabetic jumped out at me. I wish I could say the next part didn't happen, but it did. I called out to my boss and announced someone going to camp has Type 1 and then proceeded to fist pump the air, please don't judge. After my boss stopped laughing at my reaction he gave me permission to call the students parents and let them know that I would be attending camp and I also have Type 1. I was so excited and immediately was dialing their home number.

I spoke with the student mother, whom I have never met before in my life, and let her know that I would be going to camp as well and if she wanted to email me any information specific for her daughter she could. She was so excited. Her daughter mainly has attended diabetes camp over the summer and has never been able to attend a camp with her friends because they were nervous about how she would do. She was happy to hear that I have Type 1 and am also on a pump and the diabetes conversation continued from there.

I can't help it, there is something so exciting for me when I find another Type 1. It's a feeling of camaraderie. There really are just a few of us who have this disease, so when you find someone else its like being in a foreign country and being able to speak your own language for the first time. You're so thankful that there is someone else around who understands you. It really was one of the best parts of my week.

1 comment:

  1. I think that's a huge connection! And what a relief for the family to know there will be someone there who knows the deal.

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