This is my eldest son, Will: son, big brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, friend, 4th grader, Webelo, swimmer, runner up in his class spelling bee (10th place in the school bee – beating out over 200 4th and 5th graders), one of the five (of over 100) 4th graders in his school to be chosen to represent his school on the Odyssey of the Mind team and the No Place For Hate Committee, mixed martial arts-er, Leadership Training for Christ-er, many, many other things…
and Type 1 Diabetic.
Will was diagnosed on February 1, 2013, at age seven. At the time, my wife and I (and most of the people we knew) knew very little about the disease…including how very serious and life threatening it can be.
This is my eldest son Will, on a stretcher, being wheeled into the Texas Children’s ambulance that transferred him from their West Campus ER to their Main Campus Pediatric ICU this weekend.
His body had gone into diabetic ketoacidosis…just about one of the worst (and scariest) thing that can happen to a type 1 diabetic. It often happens at onset (at diagnosis) or if insulin and blood sugar aren’t being managed properly. In Will’s case, it was completely unexpected, and came on due to a perfect storm of a virus, a growth spurt, a change in insulin and a few other possible contributing factors.
And we were terrified.
My wife and I watched helplessly as the ER staff tried to stabilize our son’s climbing blood sugar and keep him from passing out (or worse things including aspiration, heart trouble, or a coma, to name just a few). And they did. And here we are, just a few days later, back at home and *almost* back to normal. Almost as if the whole traumatic weekend never happened.
But it did.
HOW GRATEFUL we are for Texas Children’s Hospital and the about 50 doctors, nurses, and other specialists who cared for our son this weekend, and continue to support us even at home with a 24-hr diabetes hotline (with endocrinologists 24/7), educators and dietitians, and all kinds of resources.
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