Monday, October 08, 2007

I just love my kid

Friday night as I was tucking Riley into bed, I asked him if he knew what the next day was.

"The walk."

"Yes. But, it's also the day you were diagnosed with diabetes. Two years ago you were in the hospital and mommy and daddy were learning how to take care of you. So, tomorrow after the walk we'll do something special."

"Ice cream!!!!!!", he yelled with a huge grin on his face.

"OK, we'll do something special and you can have some ice cream."

"And, I hope we get a cure one day. Then I won't have to check my sugars anymore."

I pulled the covers up under his chin.

"But, if they don't ever find a cure I'll just have to keep checking my sugar and taking my insulin."

"And, that will be OK, won't it?"

"Yeah, that will be OK."


Anonymous said...

He's a smart kid.

It will be ok.

A cure would be better, but it will be ok.

Carey said...

What a great kid.

Jillian said...

Riley is my hero! I am glad that diabetes is still that simple for him. I'm know you have something to do with how well adjusted he is.

Shannon said...

Riley is so sweet. I want to give him a great big hug.

Anonymous said...

((hugs)) to you both.

Donna said...

He is so mature for such a young age! Sure, a cure would be great. But I'm with Riley - I'll just keep checking my sugars & taking my insulin as long as it's needed. And that will be okay.

He is such a great kid! He knows what is going on with his diabetes. I had no idea what was happening when I was a kid. (I really don't think anyone else did either.) But educating him about his diabetes is so important. You're doing a great job with him.

Sarah said...

Diabetes does seem to fade into the background over time, at least it feels so, things feel less invasive.

I guess I was lucky as my mom was a diabetic, so when I was diagnosed, that is all that I had known for her and I knew it would be okay for me.

It will be okay. For your Riley and for my peanut

kitter said...

What a terrific, brave kid he is. And what a great mom he has that he can recognise and be so cool with it all.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

You know I find it harder that Riley has diabetes than that I have diabetes. I KNOW I can manage, but dam it all why do these little kid have to have it too!

Penny Ratzlaff said...


You know I would love a cure, but the fact that Riley knows he's going to be OK even if he's never cured makes me feel so much better.

Carey, Jillian, and Shannon,

He is all of the things you said: great, sweet, and a hero all rolled into one.

In search: (((hug))) to you too.


I think Riley picks up on things pretty quickly. He is very in-tune to what is going on around him.


Riley and your Peanut both will be fine. But, even so, I'm still hoping for that cure.


No one has called me cool in a long time. Thanks.


You don't know how many times I have prayed that I could take Riley's diabets as my own. I could deal with it so much better if it was my disease.

Anonymous said...

The understanding and adaptability of a child is amazing.

We all hope and pray for a cure, but until then, Riley will be o.k.

Peony Blaze said...

Hi Penny and Riley!

It's Kate and Lance from over at I have enjoyed reading your entries very much.

My son is almost 7 and is about to clock up 5 years with Type 1. We have done lots and lots of fundraising, and I particularly identify with your frustrations of not getting as much one year when you are putting all your effort into asking for donations etc.

I wanted to wish you all the best with your walk and hope that Riley enjoys every lick of that ice cream. IF he ever comes to Australia I know a little boy who would gladly share one with him too!!