July 10, 2018 was an epic day! I found out my 17-year old son, Kaden, had diabetes type 1. Weeks earlier he had looked pale, thin and frail. Not his usual rough and tough appearance. I kept telling him he needed more sleep and we need to eat right, etc. Finally, he told us that he had an insatiable thirst. My husband (Luke), who has type 2 diabetes, recognized this sign. We immediately knew we needed to get his blood tested.
But, Luke rarely tests his blood, and Kaden and our youngest daughter (Mandy) had taken the meter stuff to use with their microscope set…..and now, we couldn’t find it!
So I made an appointment with the Dr. for an AC1 test. On Monday, My husband texted me that the AC1 was 12.5. I googled the normal range and responded….”Oh, no I think he has diabetes!”
So, the Dr. decided to assume it was type 2 diabetes since that’s what my husband had. But, the next day, July 10th, at our scheduled dietitian appointment, the doctor came in and told us that it was type 1 and to go home, get a change of underwear and head to Primary Children’s hospital in Salt Lake.
Wow! The journey begins!
At first, sad, confused, worried…..the expense, the hassle of counting carbs, adjusting with insulin! Wow.
But, I noticed my son had a great outlook — what a blessing! Why should I be feeling low when Kaden was still ready for his bowling tournament in Texas — in just a few days. I’m sure he was grappling with untold emotions — teetering between surprise, worry, fear, sadness, etc….but, he sure hid it well! He just was going on with life, going out with his friends, learning how to count carbs, inject correctly and at the right dosages. What a trooper! I felt ashamed of myself.
Now, I decided, good can come from this. Blessings will come right along with the challenge.
I am actually getting excited about learning new ideas, educating myself and connecting with others who are on this road of Diabetes. I have already had friends contact me with encouragement and tips….I didn’t even know they had Type 1!…..”I don’t hide it, but I don’t let it define me” said my neighbor friend Diantha.
So, here we are on this ride! God bless us all as we struggle with our challenges, whatever they may be.