We have had a really busy last couple of weeks!
We have a local group of type 1 families that get together now and then. Sometimes with kids, sometimes just moms (and occasionally dads). It stemmed from Diabetes Outdoors and sort of took off from there. We have a facebook group where we can all ask questions, share thoughts, or just be constant support. Last year, a handful of us went to diabetes camp together. This year, I think we had 14 families come along! It’s so awesome to get to build on friendships but even better that we’re also building relationships and friendships for our kids in their own community. They’re all different ages and genders, but they all get to know each other, have get-togethers and know that their parents are all friends.
The following weekend, Bret Michaels was playing at our county fair and we decided to take a bunch of the kids. Parents worked together to get a hold of his manager and they decided to allow a quick meet and greet before he played. As we lined up for a picture he said if anyone needed anything, they’ve got lots of supplies. I responded that the same went the other way, if he needed anything, we’d all have plenty of supplies with us and he said, that’s right, we’ll take care of each other. Pretty cool. He signed autographs for a few kids and generally seemed like a good guy.
Then, last night we went to a Dodger game. I’d won tickets in a drawing from JDRF just a few days before and figured it would be great training for Miss Molly! As we walked into the stadium we were shocked to see a guide dog group was in the same section as us with several of their puppies-in-training! I talked to a couple of the girls and found out that none of them had been there with the dogs before either. We were all wondering how these big dogs would fit, but it worked! We brought a “place” (rug) for Molly to lay on under our seats and she did great. We had to clear out piles of peanut shells that were tempting her (I’m pretty sure she found a few strays to snack on) but otherwise she fit just fine. Although she was in super tight quarters, she was on excellent behavior and twice scooted herself around to reach and grab her bringsel (C was running pretty high for some unknown reason). Without any commotion or having to get up she grabbed it, we responded by testing C and then gave her a treat and lots of petting. She was able to keep her excitement totally under control and stay right where she was. I’ve often wondered how alerts will work in certain situations and this eased all concerns I’ve had. I did take her up to the deck above our seats to get a drink of water and walk her around a bit and I think most people were surprised to see a big dog walking up the stairs. She was such a good girl, I don’t think most people had realized she was there!