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When my oldest daughter was barely three years old, we started to notice an all too familiar pattern of suddenly having to take potty breaks constantly. We hoped that our daughter was just figuring out how long she could hold it since we had just potty trained her. However, we also knew what to look for, and frequent urination is a biggie. You see, my husband was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes 11 years before when he was 20 years old. It was always something in the back of our minds that we were cautious to look for and recognize the signs. We checked my daughter’s blood sugar that night on my husband’s glucometer. I think we both held our breath as it counted backward slowly 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. As soon as we saw the number, we knew. We knew that life, as we knew it for our daughter, would never be the same. Instead of a carefree childhood, we’d have to prick her finger 10-12 times a day, give her multiple injections of insulin daily, and count the carbs in any food that she ate.
Even though we had walked this road before with my husband, Pediatric Type I Diabetes is more complex and very unpredictable. It’s one thing to tell a grown up they need to prick their finger; it’s a different ballgame to have to hold down your three-year-old several times a day for finger pricks and shots when they aren’t used to it. Because we caught my daughter’s diabetes so early she didn’t get sick, and we were able to treat her on an outpatient basis at the Pediatric Endocrinologist at T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital. The very next day we met with her new doctor, nurse practitioner, and diabetes educator/nutritionist. I was terrified! How I was going to manage it all with a five-month-old baby and now a three-year-old with diabetes? Her healthcare team listened to all of our concerns and spent the entire day with us educating us on our new lifestyle and making us feel as comfortable as possible. Even though I arrived that day at our appointment terrified, I left feeling equipped to take care of our daughter. Over the course of the next several weeks and months, we made many trips down to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital to my daughter’s Endocrinologist so they could fine tune her treatment plan, and eventually later that year put her on an insulin pump.
It will be ten years this coming January since the day she was diagnosed. It has become our new normal. I am forever grateful for her healthcare team for standing by my side since the day she was diagnosed. They have helped us take the best care of our daughter possible so that she can live a normal healthy life. Right now through October 9th, we can #HelpKidsLiveBetter by donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club! Your donations help children’s hospitals provide the best care for the kids. Every minute 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; your donations ensure these hospitals can provide the best care for these children. Since every dollar raised at your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club goes directly to your local Children’s MiracleNetwork Hospital, you can rest assured that your donation helps children locally in your area.
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