When she is nervous she NEEDS a hug from Lenny, many times when poking fingers or doing site change Lenny is right beside her waiting for his turn. You see, that is the cool thing about Lenny The Lion, he has diabetes too. He takes shots and site changes and paw pokes like a champ.
Lenny makes Cara and many other children feel better because Lenny goes through it too, right along side of you. Lenny understands the pain of diabetes AND he is super cute, I mean look at that face...adorable!! But most of all he gives great hugs, he is amazingly cuddly. It is because of this fact Cara loves to take Lenny to bed with her, cuddling under the covers especially after a hard diabetes day that he can only make better.
However a few nights ago all could have been lost.
Cara and her younger sister Kirstin share a room. Cara and Kirstin are not fond of the dark, Cara also gets up a lot in the night to use the bathroom and I'm fumbling around at all times of the night trying not to wake the girls by turning on the lights to do a bg check so we use a night light to help us see a little better. The night light is just above Cara mattress, which helps A LOT with seeing while I'm doing the bg checks in the dark.
We have NEVER had a problem with it...until a few nights ago.
Cara walking into my room one early morning in tears holding Lenny. I automatically figured she was low and quickly picked up her meter from my side table however she handed me Lenny instead of her finger.
I was shocked with what I saw.
|The burn holes from Cara's night light|
|The night light that burned a whole in Lenny's back|
|Lenny's fabric melted onto the night light and there are holes on his paw and back|
During sometime that night (after her 2am bg check) , Lenny must have ended up lying directly on top of her night light. The hole in his back is deep, it looks like the night light burnt a hole all the way through his back the same size and shape of the light.
We are so lucky and thankful that Lenny did not burst into flames while we were asleep. Lenny was in Cara's bed and if Lenny would have caught on fire I'm sure Cara and maybe even Kirstin would not have made it out of there unscathed.
Cara is beside herself that her partner in diabetes care is burned, I'm just so thankful it was not worse. We can patch Lenny, if he would have caught on fire...that damage, I'm sure we could not do the same.
P.S. we are finding a new and safer place for her new night light...so what if we can't see!!
P.S.S. We are also using the new OneTouch VerioIQ for night time checks now because it LIGHTS UP and HAS A LIGHT THAT SHINES...yes how amazing is that!!! Finally someone has made a meter for those pitch black,dark as night, eye straining, erroring producing, most frustrating (holy crap why has no one made a bloody meter with a frickin light on it) blood sugar checks. Make sure to check them out.
(I will be writing a post soon, we love it)