A few weeks ago when this idea was in it’s infancy I began setting aside all the diabetes trash that is generated from the day to day management of Jenna’s diabetes — cartridges, spent insulin vials, used tubing and insertion devices, etc. I told J when he asked about the growing pile of stuff that I was planning a diabetes art project with the girls. I wasn’t sure yet what I was going to do with all of it but I wanted to save it nevertheless in hopes that some kick-ass inspiration would pop into my head.
Jazmine, my oldest daughter, overheard this discussion.
“I have an idea!” she exclaimed with confidence and excitement.
“Lay it on me” I replied, intrigued by her enthusiasm.
“What if we used the site change thingy to stamp paint on paper? We could dip it in the paint, pull back the doo-hicky, place it on the paper and press it to make it click!”
How clever is that?! I was speechless.
Sometimes the artistic process is just as significant as the finished work of art. As the parent of a diabetic child who found infusion site changes quite stressful, I believe this fun technique could be utilized to help children fearful of site changes. The incentive to have another used insertion device with which to create art could assist a child in finding his or her bravery during routine site changes. The message? To every cloud there is a silver lining, if one chooses to see it.
To finish their pieces they channeled Jackson Pollock himself and splattered silver glitter paint as a top layer. Jenna took it one step further and grabbed some seed pods from some spent flowers in the garden as well as a dried cherry tree leaf and added them as a finishing touch. What can I say — she’s very avant-garde.
My own contribution to Diabetes Art Day, titled “Parenting On The Glycemic Tightrope”, can be found below or on the side bar of this blog. It’s message is only too obvious to anyone with type 1 diabetes and to D-parents in particular.