A while back, Riley was showing some interest in soccer. So, when we saw an article in the paper that showed they had sign-ups for soccer for Riley's age, we signed him up.
To say I wasn't a little anxious would be a lie. I wasn't too worried, but I did think about what the extra activity might do to his sugar. The thought of him falling out on the field did cross my mind.
Riley had his first practice today. I felt pretty good about it. He had just eaten about an hour prior to practice and was 292 when practice began. No real worry of him dropping too low.
Even so, when we pulled up to the field, I reminded Riley if he started to feel like his sugar was low that it was very important to tell someone. He said, " Well, Mom, I bet someone else here has diabetes too." I told him "probably not". All the time thinking we'd be lucky if anyone there even knew what Type 1 diabetes is.
His coach is a woman. About half way through the practice I noticed what was written on her T-shirt: Camp Needles In The Pines At first I wasn't sure why that sounded so familiar. But, when I realized where I had heard it before, my heart started to beat a little faster.
Camp Needles In The Pines is a camp in NC for children with diabetes. All I could think was "Why is she wearing that shirt? Maybe she works at the camp. Maybe her child has D." I quickly scanned the field for any signs of a kid with a pump. I didn't see one. Still, she had to be associated with diabetes in some way.
When practice was over, she came up to ask me if Riley was doing OK. She knew he has D because I had put it on the soccer application. Turns out she's a diabetes educator! That really helped to ease my nerves a bit. At least she knows something about diabetes and will most likely know when to alert me that something may be going on with Riley.
She brought snacks and juice for all the kids. She even had sugar free koolaide just for Riley. She made sure to tell me that it had 2g carbs in it.
I just feel so blessed right now. I don't think it's a coincidence that the soccer league that we signed Riley up for has a diabetes educator as a coach. And, she got to be Riley's coach. She's coaching Riley's age group because she has a son that is Riley's age.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the sugars and trying to control them that I forget who is really in charge. I think this just might be God's way of reminding me I'm not alone in all of this. He's watching out for Riley too.