It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago Wednesday (Jan 29th) we were sitting at a doctor’s appointment one minute and in an ambulance the next. We went from sharing a burger and a Dr. Pepper in the car to being admitted to Children’s Hospital. Our lives were changed that day when our then 8 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
We spent 3 days in the hospital learning what to do to help him manage this disease. We had no idea that we would be going back to math class, learning how to read food labels, having to look up everything he ate, and going to nursing school in that short amount of time. Now, I’m not telling you that our life ended that day or how horrible it was and we have never recovered–just stating the facts.
WE were the LUCKY ones!!! Our son came home with disease that, although there is no cure for, there are things he can do to manage it and still live a long and happy life. It’s just bittersweet because it WAS life changing.
We learned things like BS-120/125=? (which is his blood sugar minus his target range divided by his insulin sensitivity). And how many units of insulin he needed to take per grams of carbs (45/15=3.0u). How to read nutrition labels that looked Greek, how to look online for Nutritional Information for restaurants and how to look at a plate of homemade food and guesstimate how many carbs were in it in order to know how much insulin he should take.
We also learned that we were stronger than we thought–and so were our children. We all had to pitch in to keep an eye on him and remind him to check his sugar. School was the hardest for me. After the 3 days at the hospital, he picked up a virus and was a very sick boy for another few days. When I had to take him back to school–3rd grade–and leave him in the care of other people and work for 8 hours, I was so worried. I probably called them 3 times that day just to check on him. We were blessed to have wonderful and very understanding (& responsible) Teachers, Administrators, Staff & Nurses!
So, 10 years later, here we are. Hunter is going to graduate High School in May and then go on to pursue a Criminal Justice degree. There are several professions he would love to do, but he is unable due to restrictions on those professions. He just decided he would do something that he COULD do and that he also WANTED to do.
I have to tell you that 10 years has flown by. But, in all honesty, I feel like we have been doing this forever.