I had to share this wonderful moment from work tonight!

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2012-06-21 17:39:26 -0500
Started 2011-02-17 21:27:38 -0600

So, I work at my local YMCA as a child care counselor and tonight a new little girl came in. She had never been to the YMCA and was scared and nervous to be in such a big, loud room without her parents, so I introduced myself and sat and did some puzzles with her until she was comfortable enough to go play with some other little girls.

She is 6 years old and was caring around a little pack around her waist. One of the little boys made fun of her for having a "fanny pack" and she started welling up a little. I asked her why she was so upset and she told me that she had diabetes and it was her pump and that everyone makes fun of her for carrying it around all the time… I felt so bad for her because there is NO REASON for her to be made fun of for that. So, I went to my own bag and took out my kit. I showed her all the supplies I carry around and told her that even though I don't wear a pump I do get lots of people asking me why I carry needles and a meter with me everywhere I go.

She got the biggest smile on her face and asked if she could see my meter and my test strips. She told me she had a pink meter and her mom still helps her prick her fingers sometimes because it "really stinks" when she has to always do it herself.

I was so happy that I could share that moment with her. And to make her smile by having something like this in common. I couldn't wait to come on here and share that little story with you all. :D

53 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-21 17:39:26 -0500 Report

What a wonderful story and thing to do for her. It is sad that things like this happen, especially when so young. Maybe explaining to the other kid would help if the teasing keeps up. Bless you for being there for her. HUGS!!

melcoujes 2011-04-05 23:32:11 -0500 Report

It was wonderful that you were there for this little girl who was nervous and a litle scared. She was very lucky to have found a friend who can relate to her having Diabeties for the rest of her life.

livingoutloud3 2011-03-21 16:19:21 -0500 Report

Kids really need us to help them cope with health problems. It is wonderful that you could be there for that little girl!

2011-02-25 14:52:56 -0600 Report

well i have tried it and it's a link.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 14:57:50 -0600 Report

I argree, it is a link, but a link to what? It can download a virus or spyware to your computer and you may be not aware what's happening. I'm not going to argue with you. These are still unwanted postings, not related to anything having to do with Diabetes, therefore is spam!

BandonBob 2011-02-25 20:06:50 -0600 Report

I'm not sure what link you are talking about but please do anything to get rid of the spam. I was typing in the address for a website I had heard about for diabetics and somewhere missed keyed the name and wound up with over 130 viruses making it through my double firewalls and two anti-virus programs. It is the first virus attack I ever got from a site on the web rather than an email. Keep up the good work of keeping unwanted an potentially dangerous postings off of here. It took me over two weeks to get rid of all the virsuses in my worst attack ever.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 20:24:18 -0600 Report

I want to keep DC a free and wholesome website for us all.

The link to which I refer has been deleted.

I myself have no direct way to remove offending content. I just red flag the post and tell whoever reviews the flag, what I think is wrong. (If I did, I wouldn't respond to messages like from Ludacris45 I would just delete them. but maybe that's a good thing)

When I see something offensive or wrong (against TOU agreement) in the "wall" postings I copy what is offensive and send it in an email to John Crowley, and he checks it out and appropriate takes action.

I think "Ludacris45" above is one of about 3 names which is either the same person or a person or persons working in concert with that individual (I strongly suspect it is the same person - but I have no way to prove it.)

But if it is the same person, He's been a "pretty busy boy"

Nonna2Three 2011-02-25 21:55:09 -0600 Report

It was spam. Whoever posted it posted the same comment and link to every comment that had been previously posted to this thread. I reported it also. It had no relevance to this thread and no relevance to Diabetes in general. It was spam.

jayabee52 2011-02-25 21:19:46 -0600 Report

Howdy Melisssa

It was a post which urged people to click a "tinyurl" site to get free stuff. It wasn't related to Diabetes at all.

There were a couple of sites (links) this person was promoting. To me it seemed like spam, and I strongly suspected it would download a virus to make one's computer a "zombie".

I have a good friend whose computer has one of these Zombie viruses, and I personally get dozens of emails from "her" per day trying to get me to click a link with the promise of free stuff, or a opportunity to make easy money.

When I go to one of my email boxes I will get 20 to 25 emails (or more) from the Zombie per day. She IS aware of it, but seems not to want to take action. (Too hard for her to do). I offered to do it for her, but she has yet to take me up on it.

I didn't want anyone to click on those (now deleted) links, at least without warning. I would hate for someone's computer to get turned into a zombie.

The person posting these spams had been very busy, You'may see them in many discussions which have been active today. Usually they have been deleted by the DC admins.

There was another person (maybe the same person) who said some crude, profane and hateful things on Gabby's wall today. She didn't need that kind of abuse.

I just want to be a good citizen on DC.

I want this place to be a blessing for all who come here.

PetiePal 2011-02-21 13:51:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for making my day on this rotten cold dreary post snowy day lol. Little kids CAN be harsh.

Hell I remember in the 80s and early 90s Fanny Packs were the bees knees. I still have mine somewhere. I'm THOROUGHLY looking forward to wearing mine post-retirement…world be damned!

I can't imagine being a kid though and having that be something to be teased about…hopefully when she hits middleschool things get easier for her. Type 1 is ridiculously tough at a young age.

jayabee52 2011-02-22 18:13:46 -0600 Report

REALLY? things get easier in middle school? That's not been my , nor my 3 son's experience. I had trouble with classmates all through High School. For me things didn't smooth out until I graduated from HS and got out into the wider world. But I came from a prominent family in a small town & they wanted to tear me down. Of course every situation is different. I did have to stand up for myself in my Senior year of HS and let a couple of my worst tormenters know that I would defend myself (physically if need be) and not take any more of their cr@p.

Of course growing up in that environment made me the person I am today.

melissa5786 2011-02-22 20:33:56 -0600 Report

I kind of laid low in school. Stayed under the radar, I guess. I had friends and a good experience throughout the years, but sometimes I wish I could go back and be the person I am today, then… I'm so much happier with myself and I speak my mind and I have an opinion. I wonder if my middle school and high school years could have been different if I were like that.

Of course, I had people who teased me and made life hell, but I've made something of myself today and they're still trying to figure out where they belong because those were their glory days and it's over.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-20 19:38:22 -0600 Report

Wow, what a great and heartwarming story. Once in awhile, we are given the opportunity to really make a difference in someone else's life. The opportunity came your way and you grabbed on to it. That little girl will never forget you!

Depot kid
Depot kid 2011-02-20 10:00:52 -0600 Report

there needs to be more people like you in this world and it would be a much better place.

melissa5786 2011-02-20 12:48:40 -0600 Report

Thank you so much! I just couldn't bare to leave her upset knowing how she must feel… I mean, I know what she's going through, but I'm 24 years old. I can't imagine being 6 and having this disease.

Nonna2Three 2011-02-19 19:48:54 -0600 Report

So glad you could comfort & reassure her. My youngest granddaughter is 6 and she still goes into hysterics at the doctors office anytime they need to test blood or give her a shot. She even freaks out at the dentist just for a cleaning because she sees the tools they use for scraping plaque. So knowing this about my granddaughter I can't help but feel that for that little angel to be going through Diabetes and not be in tears all the time is a lot for her little soul and a testament to her endurance. Bless her and bless you for being there to help her.

melissa5786 2011-02-18 21:01:55 -0600 Report

Thank you all so much for your kind words. I did what I would have wanted done for me if I was that little and innocent and dealing with this disease. I'm just glad I could make her smile for a few minutes. And let her know that she's not the only one out there. That even grown ups go through it. Granted, I have no idea what it's like being so young with this disease, I do know what it's like for her though and that's enough for her to understand that she's not alone.

squog master
squog master 2011-02-18 18:26:57 -0600 Report

That was an awesome thing you do for that little girl. She will remember you always for taking the time to let her know there are others out there just like her and she isn't alone.

amyspeer 2011-02-18 17:34:29 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa5786, That story just brings me to tears. I am so glad you where their for the little 6 year old girl. What A blessing you where to a liitle 6 girl. That was very touching what you. Praise God for people like you. You made a differnce in that little girl's life, one I am sure she won't forget. Amy

spiritwalker 2011-02-18 14:39:50 -0600 Report

You did something for that little girl she will never forget.You offer comfort
and shared yourself. You gave her a special gift.

granniesophie 2011-02-18 14:35:41 -0600 Report

It only took me until 1:25 to cry today! What a wonderful thing you did. That little girl is going to feel better about herself now, and remeber that she is not alone whenever someone picks on her for having her stuff with her all the time. It always help when a grown up has the same thing a little kid has and can understand exactly!
You Go Girl!!

VickieF 2011-02-18 12:02:36 -0600 Report

Melissa, You were her Angel among us. The gift you gave her was truely from heaven. God Blessed you!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-02-18 11:55:46 -0600 Report

Wow. 6-years old is so young to be dealing with emotions like that. How great that you were there for her. Thanks so much for sharing.

sc1boy 2011-02-18 10:55:40 -0600 Report

that was a great thing u did. U might try to get the other kids around and talk to them with her there and let them know why she has that on her and then tell them that u have it as well just with out the bag. It may help her and them to feel better more.

MewElla 2011-02-18 07:30:16 -0600 Report

What a great gift you gave to the little six year old girl…your time/attention and sharing your diabetic supplies. I am quite sure, she will never forget you or the YMCA that nite. Good for you.

GabbyPA 2011-02-18 05:40:47 -0600 Report

You are a hero in her eyes now for sure. That is a fantastic story of how we can make a difference.