the day the cadet’s pancreas broke

2 weeks ago The Cadet {my darling superhero of 4} was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
{ugh}
After a couple of weeks of showing some bizarre symptoms (like constant thirst, frequent urination, and rapid weight loss) he ended up in the ICU.

ICU

I hope and pray that no one reading this ever has to see their child in the ICU.
For those who don’t know, {or those too ignorant to care} Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
My son’s pancreas broke.
Without the ability to make insulin his body can’t use the sugar in his bloodstream for energy.
Without insulin you die.
So now my super-tough 4-year old receives shots of insulin all day, everyday, and he’ll continue to do so for the rest of his life.

So how are we doing?
We are fine.
Honestly.
{that’s not some estrogen-loaded definition of fine but a webster’s dictionary definition of fine}
That’s not to say that it didn’t affect me.
I did most of my concerned-parental-panicking the day before he landed in the hospital.
My heart just hurt, and continues to hurt, for such a big burden on such a little guy.
My Soldier had his break down the day he was diagnosed.
We both spent the whole of the week he was in the hospital learning everything we could on Type 1 Diabetes because it is now our job to keep The Cadet alive…literally.
In classic Megan-is-addicted-to-books fashion, I began reading everything I could get my hands on.
We now check his glucose levels 10-12 times a day including a couple of times a night, we count carbs, do lots of diabetes related math, and give shots like it’s nothing.

And God is good.

We’re grateful that The Cadet isn’t an overly emotional kid.
We’re thankful that by nature he’s super tough and totally adaptable.
We’re thankful that we didn’t have to make any major diet changes.
We’re thankful for the people who have come alongside us to help us through the crisis part of his diagnosis.
We’re crazy grateful for the healthcare available to us from The Army.
And I’m shallow enough to be grateful that There’s An App For That.

Yes it’s a chronic disease
but
we have everything available to us to give him a normal childhood.
With that in mind we hit the ground running and found our new normal and have been cruising ever since.

I’ll probably do a series of posts realted to Type 1 Diabetes {which we affectionately refer to as The Diabeetus ala Wilford Brimley in the Liberty Medical commercials} and how we live with it.
They won’t be frequent, but for anyone out there in the blogoshpere with littles with The Diabeetus I know that any info can be helpful.

For those of you reading who I actually know and have been praying for The Cadet and the rest of our family,
Thank you!
{seriously, we are so grateful}
Honestly, we have felt so loved and supported through this whole roller coaster and are so grateful for our friends and family scattered across this tiny globe.

  1 comment for “the day the cadet’s pancreas broke

  1. Bethany
    01.27.2013 at 23:17

    So, so, so thankful your little man is ok and is such a tough little soldier! Your confidence and trust in the Lord is so encouraging. Praying for you as you adjust to your new normal.

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