Kaitlyn is coming up to her anniversary of being diagnosed, and I've thought a lot lately about what we've gone through in recent years. How different we all are! We've gone from being completely shocked, scared and overwhelmed to a point where type 1 diabetes is a totally normal part of our lives. Kaitlyn truly doesn't remember life being any different.
Most days, we just go through the motions of checking, counting, and dosing, and hardly give it another thought. But sometimes, I stop and think. I think about what we're doing day after day. We're keeping her alive! Sometimes it feels like a dream. Sometimes it doesn't seem real.
Sometimes I feel numb. It seems like just yesterday that we took our little girl to the hospital and they told us she had diabetes. They told us she needed insulin. We started giving her injections. The tiniest little amount of this watery-looking fluid injected under her skin would be what kept her healthy. It didn't seem real. It still doesn't seem real.
We've seen what happens when she doesn't get the insulin she needs. Her blood sugar goes really high! Thankfully we've never seen what would happen if she didn't have the insulin she needed over a long period of time. It just seems so crazy to me that this little bit of insulin can make such a difference. It's like understanding how a plane can fly or how my email magically appears on a little device in the palm of my hand. I know the science behind it, but really… wow! How does it really work? For Kaitlyn's sake, I'm just glad that it does!
I'm grateful. I'm grateful for insulin. I'm grateful for my little girl. I'm grateful that she's healthy and doing everything a little girl should get to do. And so, I'll keep doing what I need to do to keep her healthy for the next year, and the year after that, and the rest of forever.
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.