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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Big Day Out...

We took our first major outing since Bella's T1-D diagnosis to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. It's about an hour and a half there from Farmville. Everything went relatively well.
We got there about 11:00 and got to see some fish and whalebones, and the arthropod zoo. We stopped at about 12:00 to "check a guy" (this is our terminology for the finger prick / blood glucose ritual). After lunch we went through a neat room with butterflies, a sloth, some turtles and a corn snake.

After the bugs and stuff it was time for the dinosaurs. This was Mason's favorite part. 

Then it was Bella's favorite room, the Discovery Room. This was full of Bug and Dino costumes and lots of other stuff we never got to. Bella was captivated by the binoculars (and her big brother).

 We then got into the bug dress up...

As we were getting to about 3:00 things came to an abrupt end as Bella tripped over her ant costume and split her lip wide open. Blood everywhere and of course the moment of panic because T1-Ds (I know sounds like a terminator droid) are much more prone to mouth infection, so we'll be watching this closely.

We finished up with a trip to the gift shop and a magnifying glass and a Blue Dinosaur for Bella.

Bella sacked out on the drive home, until we had to "check a guy" and got a borderline low. So fruit snacks were administered and she fell right back to sleep.

All in all it was a good day, we can go out and function like semi-normal people. But we now have two excited kids and two very very tired parents.



  1. HI, My friend Cristina told me about your blog and the diagnosis of your sweet Bella. I had no idea you were in NC. I am too- not far from the museum. I'm glad you were able to come out and enjoy it- though I wish it had ended a bit better! I will be thinking of you all and hoping you get the funds for the guide dog! I am sure it would be a blessing! Hang in there - adjusting to your new normal. Sounds like you are all handling it fairly amazingly!

  2. Denise, Thanks for the comment and thanks for looking. We ran out of time in the Museum so we'll have to come back again to see the rest of it. We are trying our best to deal with all of this, thanks again for the kind words.