First day tummy site. Holla.
Guess because new, for Bigfoot Bubs’s belly site look super creepy. Little bit stomach flip when plug/unplug seventeen times at beach camp* today—something about skin thinness/visible viscera (six pack)/awareness textural difference near belly button make seem more…anatomical fleshy/bloody? Whereas on bum, site seem more like a sticker on very pale cardboard box.
Today new beach camp friend (age 7) notice something fishy/ask, Wait. What is that?
BUBS: Never mind. It’s just like a kind of a sticker
NEW FRIEND: No. I mean: what’s it for?
BUBS: I can’t really get into that right now
BIGFOOT: (extending rash guard to Bubs) Now do you want to wear this?
NFRIEND: (to Bigfoot) So, what is it?
BIGFOOT: Well, Bubs has Type 1 diabetes, and so he needs medicine, and the medicine goes through a little tube that’s stuck on with that sticker
NF: No. I mean, what’s that plastic piece you’re putting into the sticker thing?
BUBS: It’s a clip
NF: What’s the clip for?
BUBS: For swimming
BIGFOOT: (Gallantly stepping in to explain) It’s ok for him to take the medicine off to swim, but he usually clips the little tube closed to keep, I don’t know, grit from getting into it
NF: …and to keep the medicine from falling out
BFOOT: I don’t think the medicine would fall out exactly, but maybe some sand might get in there
NF: It would fall out. And the sand would taste terrible. And the salt water would taste worse
BF: It would? To the stomach? The stomach could taste that?
NF: Nods solemnly. Yes
BUBS: I don’t think the stomach would taste anything, but I think I’d get a very, very, VERY bad stomach bug or flu, right Momma?
BIGFOOT: No, I don’t think so—
Bubs/NF run into waves before complete fake epidemiology course.
*This summer learn call ordinary thing “camp” = seem more fun plus make possible endure entire day. If say, “We’re going to the beach for the day,” everyone cry, “Nooooooo.” If say, “Beach camp starts today!” Everyone say, “Yaaaaaay! Beach camp!” Until Beach Camp Day 2. Then cry noooo but come around.
Earlier this day, meet new school nurse. So kind. But kick off meeting w. downer: more than double # of kids in new school as last year, still just one nurse, nurse very, very busy, probably not able provide as much attention as last year. Bigfoot heart begin sink.
Then nurse show Bigfoot spreadsheet devised for keep diabetes notes, very detailed, also each day (If it’s okay with you) at minimum test BG before snack, before recess, before lunch, before gym, and before send home for day. And also of course whenever he feels low. Five minimum! Good.
Then ask if Bigfoot want nurse administer combo bolus or dual wave 80-20/60-40 for lunch. Not sure, think maybe nurse throw around big girl lingo for showing off? Bigfoot say no, because rarely use combo bolus feature, think too complicated determine when use if not see exactly what Bubs eat. Nurse explain last year T1D parent always request combo bolus for cafeteria pizza. This nurse bitchin!
Then mention Bigfoot need create emergency pack for Music, Library, Art, Gym, Technology, Fire Drill, maybe some other activity Bigfoot already forget. Sound overwhelming but then huge relief “emergency pack” only = glucose tabs in Ziploc bag.