I would like to start with a sincere and heartfelt thank you, to blog host Tim, for the opportunity to be his guest blogger.
As we are all well aware diabetes is a cruel, ruthless beast, that we need to bring to an end. My journey as a parent of a Type one diabetic began on February 9’th of 2005, 2-1/2 years after becoming a first time parent in July of 2002. The amazing 13 year old, that I proudly call my daughter, has had her fingers poked nearly 32,000 times and has had nearly 27,000 doses of insulin.
In early February of 2005, I thought the “terrible twos” had caught up to my Angel, and began expecting pea soup to come flying out of her mouth as I prepared to call an exorcist. This was not my baby girl, but this was the first time I experienced what I had always heard about 2 year olds. My (now EX) wife mentioned, the warning signs of diabetes numerous times, but I dismissed her every mention with an excuse, until Feb. 9’th when she woke up soaked through, I bathed her and put a brand new over night diaper, drove one city over and 20 minutes later pulled her from the car seat and my arm was drenched as she peed through. Panic crackled my voice as I told my wife to make an appointment.
I was heading to work that evening since the appointment was at 4:30, I started at 5:00, so my wife took her in. At 4:47 P.M. P.S.T on February 9’th 2005, the call that changed the World, well my World. “We just got back from the doctor, she has diabetes and we need to take her to Children’s Hospital in Oakland”. I remember EXACTLY where I was at that split second and remember clearly about the next 5 minutes of the 30 minute drive home and most of the rest of trip fuzzy faded until we arrived at CHO.
To say my wife had a lot on her plate would be an understatement, she was 7 months pregnant with twins for her first time surrogacy, she was preparing for finals of an online Masters course she was taking, her Grandmother had just recently passed, which meant we were forced to move because the house was to be sold, we stayed there to upkeep and pay enough to keep taxes current while she had been in an Alzheimer’s home. So I took on full diabetes duty, it wasn’t until around early to mid 2007 we found the DOC on Myspace, then around 2009 after my wife and I had been parted VIA the “other big D” Facebook came into my world and the blue circle was introduced.
I have had many ups and downs as any parent does, we all know that caring for diabetes magnifies life’s details. I tell “non-D” parents, do you know how as a first time parent you watch your child sleep, and when they are perfectly still, you have that tinge of panic? You know that feeling, all new parents feel it at least once. After your child is diagnosed, that feeling NEVER ONCE goes away, at any age. During this nearly 11 year run, some of my little quotes and quirks I have said throughout this time, remain so true still. “The diabetes within, we can do without” “I want this generation to be able to say I remember diabetes and the next generation to say I don’t” ” The next $5.00 donation could buy the petri dish in which the cure is discovered” “Live, Love Cure” on and on I have written and will continue to do so with love to one and love to all.
When a cure is found, I hope that the amazing people that have crossed my path do remain, I could never have made it at times without them. I sincerely send out that love, because I have felt it in return. With this Awareness Month I have been more involved than I have been in a while, because I feel new hope with the DRI’s recent breakthroughs. I may have strayed a little in this “about me” but as with caring for diabetes it is not just about me, it is about caring and sharing tips, stories and advice. again I give my Love to one and love to all.