What was it like sleeping under the sharks? Stories from Brooke and Alex.
From Brooke, age 8:
The Kelly Tarlton Sleepover was my first get together with a diabetes group and I came along with my Mum. I have had type 1 diabetes for 12 weeks.
When we arrived we got shown around Kelly Tarltons by the staff. We went through Scott Base and learnt heaps of things. We fed fish and played a game in the dark finding sea life with our torches – that was fun. We also had to put our hands in a bucket of iced water – the boys lasted longer than the girls. It is normally the girls that win this challenge.
We set up our beds in the tunnel and got to sleep with the sharks, stingrays and other sea life swimming above. Most people in the group slept in the tunnel – it was heaps of fun and quiet in the part of the tunnel we slept in.
In the morning we got up and had breakfast, then we went and saw the penguins. These are one of my favourite animals. We then went to seahorse kingdom.
What a fun weekend. I got to know a boy from my school Alex better (we are the only 2 at school with Type 1 diabetes) and my Mum talked away to his Mum and other parents. Thanks to everyone that organised this night away. I am looking forward to Snow Planet next.
From Alex, age 10:
Hi, my name is Alex and I have had diabetes since I was 4 years old. This was my fourth time at the Kelly Tarltons one night sleepover. I had lots of fun, I even saw someone that goes to my school. Her name is Brooke.
I met lots of friends that I have gotten to know at other diabetes events. These friends are very special to me because we have a lot in common and we know how it feels to have diabetes.
My favourite part was when we learnt about the sealife plus the ice bucket challenge. We saw a turtle who had one of his legs bitten off by a shark. Kelly Tarltons are taking good care of him and nursing him back to good health. I hope he gets better soon and gets released back into the ocean.
We got to hand feed the fish and it was very stinky. My mum wouldn’t let me touch her with my stinky hands.
Mum and I slept in the tunnel under the crayfish. When the lights went out it felt quite mysterious – there were shadows in the water from the fish swimming around and the sealife felt bubbly.
Thank you Kelly Tarltons for letting the diabetes group sleepover. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for next year.