At the clinic, our Pediatrician called my husband and myself into the hallway and gave us the diagnosis and best advice ever. She said, "I'll call the endo and you can go right over. Here's the thing, Caleb will follow your lead. Take a few minutes in my office and think about how you want HIM to react." We decided diabetes was a cool new adventure and a number's game. Our 8 year old son was great at math and we know Heavenly Father would help us do this. THAT has made ALL the difference!
Early on, I found it exhausting to live in fear of my child dying from a low at night. I check his numbers before bed and ask Heavenly Father to wake me or my husband if he needs attention. The secret is choosing to have faith not fear.
Our second son had been on oral insulin in TrialNet study for 3 years before his diagnosis in January 2014. We were all but two of us in Dallas for the usual 6 month study blood draw. My husband was home with our DS who had a broken leg. (Sledding accident, epic air on a jump, months of recovery.) We were enjoying our stay with the Web Famous Wisor family! Never a dull moment and they were a huge support when we found out his un-official, official DX.
During the blood draw it was clear his blood sugar readings were horrible. After the blood draw we went down to the University Cafeteria for lunch. I managed to get everyone their food and sat down in the crowded cafeteria and started to sob. There were some sweet women at the table next to us and one of them came over with a travel size Kleenex and handed it to me a knelt down at my side and said in the sweetest southern drawl, "I can see you are upset and you don't have to tell me anything, but would you mind if I prayed with you right now?" She prayed and asked if she could do anything and then left me to pull myself together. It was the most Christlike act and exactly what I needed. I was feeling all alone and knowing full well, dang it, what was ahead for Anthony and for our family. I was not alone, Heavenly Father was aware of my needs and meet them through another who was not ashamed to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost and reach out to me in my time of need.
Diabetes is DIFFICULT, but there are FAR worse things. My dear friend just lost her 4 year old son to cancer. You can do this, I can do this, we can do this!