1 year of living with type 1 diabetes.
Today is 1 year of learning about type 1 diabetes.
Today is Reubens first full year of being a type 1 Diabetic.
It has passed in a flash. A heart beat ago, he was diagnosed. The Dr looked me in the eye over the hospital bed in the ER and said, 'Theres something you have to know, your son has Diabetes'....
My mind was truly blank. I didnt know what that meant. Shock and ... well ... ignorance.
A nurse came by and gave me a pad and pen. She said write down any questions you have. The paper stayed blank. Instead I asked them for a 'manual'. Like taking home a new appliance you dont know how to operate. How could I no longer know how to look after my own son? But thats how I learn best. A highlighter pen. Post it notes. Scribbles in the margin.
While whisking him up to Intensive Care I recall thinking this is bad. But a blurry bad. I saw him so sick from high blood sugars that I never want to see him there again. I saw how he became himself smiling and happy within a week. DKA a memory. The contented baby he was, once he got insulin and rehydrated.
I had to accept it. The insulin was what he needed.
Like I said we are learning. As he grows it all changes. Almost weekly. What we thought we knew about his management has been superseded. Again and again. When we know better - we do better.
Bringing my newly diagnosed baby home with a bag of needles, insulins, a log book and blood glucose meter was one of the most daunting experiences of my life. I remember the hurdles.
At the Diabetes shop, asking for the shopping list of supplies for my newly diagnosed son, eyes stinging with holding back tears. I have to have a what? A sharps container?
And again when the optium exceed errored and I would have to re-prick and re-squeeze to get more blood. I hated do-overs. I remember the squirming baby that would try and avoid the needles in his soft bottom. The awful days when he squirmed so much you could see droplets of insulin all over his bottom and you just KNEW it was going to be a bad day because he didnt get the full dose. The flailing infant with low blood sugar who refused to take any sugar. I remember the unsure parent who over treated hypos from fear. Who rang the endo to see if we should check for ketones. Who couldnt recall if it was clear or cloudy insulin to be drawn into the syringe first. Who didnt know the difference between the carbs.
Weve come a long way. Theres been a huge amount to learn. Theres still heaps more to learn.
There wasnt any choice but we have to embrace this new life.
And on into the second year. Acknowlege the first was hard...yes. But we've had alot of fun. Reubens a great kid with awesome siblings.
These photos were a few months back, Aunty Bernie arranged to take us to an indoor Old McDonalds Farm. Of course the kids loved it.
Yes my eyes are shut. They always are in pics. Sorry.
Diabetes doesnt stop you trying to ride a goat!!
Another poor goat avoiding a tackle.
My daughter who I think will work with animals one day.
All 3 of my lovely kids.
Thats it, Reuben, gentle!
Reubs and sheepy action shot.
Happy diaversary my tough little man.