Only 20 kids were being accepted so I quickly printed off the paperwork, faxed it in to Bee's Endocrinologist, and hoped her Endo would get it back ASAP. And she did. Almost immediately (because she's awesome like that).
I was happy.
I actually took that first step.
The next step was to fax the paperwork to JDRF and then wait to see if she was one of the twenty kids accepted.
I was happy.
I finally told Bee she was going and she was THRILLED! I had 4 months to get used to the idea of her being gone for a weekend.
Then the time finally came.
Thank goodness for the support of my friends (one who was just as nervous and worried as I was) or else I would have cried like a baby right in front of her the day she left. (Well, I did get teary before she left, but I saved the actual crying for later)
Off she went, on that bus, without me. I was letting my baby go off to be taken care of by people I really didn't know. But I just knew you'd all take great care of her.
I was still nervous. You have to understand, this is my baby. My little girl who, even at age 11, has never slept over at a friends house. Has never been able to go to a slumber party. Has never been able to go anywhere for any length of time without someone I've trained to take care of her. Not many people want the responsibility of checking BG's at midnight and 2am. Or having to deal with the scariness of a low. So my girl misses out on a lot.
But this weekend, she got to feel like every other child her age. She got to leave without her hovering mom. She got to have fun with friends who know what she goes through every day. And she was very well taken care of by very capable and caring people.
And she quite possibly had the BEST time of her life.
I don't know how to say thank you. Thank you just doesn't seem good enough.
You made my child forget she had "extra needs". You made her feel just like every other child her age. You made sure she was perfectly fine all while having the best time ever.
And for that, I am forever grateful.
That smile says it all!