The first weekend of December, 2006. The date was December 2, but I always have to look that up. I just remember that the phone call came on a Saturday morning. Benny was feeling better than he’d been in a few days, so when the woman said, “pack a bag and get to the hospital,” I asked her if it was really that urgent. Of course it was, so off we went.

Benny2006 2That was nine years ago. Benny was almost two, he is almost 11 now. So much has changed, but he’s still the same sweet, silly kid who will do anything for a laugh.


Diabetes isn’t really easier now. Perhaps it’s more routine, but every age brings new challenges. Finger sticks, pump inset changes and CGM insertions still hurt. Benny had his yearly blood draw this week and he came up with a nice idea. We’re calling it #Dfriends.




Does your child have a stuffed animal that gives them comfort? Diabetes is a lot of poking and prodding and crud. Benny has always had a “friend” to help. When he was very little it was Elmo. He used to “test” Elmo, pretend to give him juice, give him a new inset and hug him afterwards. These days, Benny likes a white tiger. We snuck Tigey into the blood draw room in my giant purse. Benny says he knows a lot of almost 11-year-old boys might be embarrassed to admit they need this kind of help but, “I don’t care. It helps me feel okay. And if helps another kid feel okay, they should do it.”

Benny wants to see your #Dfriends. We just came up with this. There’s no prize, it’s nothing official, but I think it’ll be fun. Post a picture on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, wherever.

We’ll start (I’m StaceySimms on Instagram, this site has links to my other social media). Show us the stuffed animal or pet that your child likes to hold when something hurts or diabetes gets them down. Include your child in the picture if he or she says it’s okay (both of my kids are SO over being on mom’s social media feed).

Let’s see your #Dfriends