My son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 10 1/2 months old.  In the hour preceding his diagnosis, we were on a gurney in the emergency room, and he was lying unresponsive in my lap with all sorts of lines hooked up to him.  At that moment I thought, “My baby could die today.”  But he didn’t, and we were transferred to Stanford’s children’s hospital where he spent a few days in the ICU and then a few more days in the you-probably-won’t-die-today part of the hospital where we were given a crash course in caring for a diabetic by a series of diabetic educators and dietitians, and then we were sent home.   I kind of didn’t want to leave.  

The next month was a whirlwind- seriously, almost impossible.  But it got better.  IT DOES GET BETTER!  And after almost a year of learning- by trial and error, by reading, and by listening to the experiences of other parents, it’s not such a big deal.  Maybe the part about him almost dying in the beginning makes me grateful he JUST has diabetes.  Or maybe it’s that he is so wild and hilarious and too, too smart….   

Like any other kid he needs to be taught some healthy habits.  He will just have more steps.

3 Responses to About

  1. Reyna says:

    WOW, you are doing fabulous ALREADY. I love this…I think b/c it took me a bit longer to realize that it will indeed be O.K. Good to read about you and your journey with type 1 in your young, young son’s life. Jo @ Death Of A Pancreas….and Meri @ Our Diabetic Life have dealt with really, really young ones too…let me know if you need links. Also…Jules from Bittersweet is dealing with Reuben…they are about a year into it I believe.

    BTW, your header is ADORABLE. xo

  2. Holly Thomas says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this with me! What a year you have had. I think you are doing an amazing job and I’m so glad you are doing this blog. Thinking of you! Ben is beautiful by the way, can’t wait to meet him!

  3. Marion Beach says:

    Great information, Theresa! I love how you explained it all. Ben is awesome. Hope to have many more play groups with him and Max.
    🙂 Marion

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