The post I don’t want to write.

December 11, 2006 by

There has been much sock knitting and birthday fun and holiday preparations. That is not what we are going to talk about today. We are going to talk about what happened at Angus’ 6 year old annual physical. How I wish that we could talk about something fun, soon we will, but not today. Through some discussion with the pediatrician about some odd behavior on Angus’ part (frequent, uncommon for him bedwetting) we did some tests and discovered that our sweet little boy has Type One diabetes. Diabetes, people. Pause. Not caused by behavior or lifestyle- Angus’ ticket just got punched. Only 10% of people who have diabetes have Type One.

We spent all day Thursday at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC. They took fabulous care of us. Angus is on insulin, three shots a day and thankfully the insulin is working. I am the one doing the blood tests and injections, which I am fine with. When I was pregnant with Duncan I had to inject myself 2 times a day with blood thinner.

We are rattled, sad, angry and very grateful we caught this so very early. Most people when they are diagnosed are so sick they need hospitalization; we were fortunate that in addition to all the other things hospitalization was not required.

The bad news: Angus is diabetic. The good news is that we caught it very early and our little boy is with us.

Love to all


8 Responses to The post I don’t want to write.

  1. Cara

    I’m so sorry you’re having your own hospital adventures! I’m glad you caught it early. I hope your life normalizes soon – it’s what I’m missing most these days.

  2. Jan

    Oh, hugs to you all! I’m so sorry for your little guy, but you are right to look at the bright side of things. Now that it’s been diagnosed, you can learn how to live with it. Hope it all goes smoothly from here.

  3. Ann

    Oh, KT! I guess this does fall into the category of mixed blessings.
    What a sweet mom you are–Angus is very lucky.

  4. kt

    Dear girl, I am so sorry to hear this scary news! And yes, I agree with the chorus that thank the heavens you found it early.
    My hugs and love and thoughts are with you and your guys–we’ll talk soon!
    Love and XX’s and OO’s

  5. Heather

    I just ran into your blog and I thought I should mention that my brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 5 years old. He’s almost 30 now and has zero complications. He played basball all through school, 3rd grade – college, and almost went pro! He’s doing great and now has an insulin pump (which he loves). He just told me over the holidays that an actual artificial pancrease is in development and is said to be only 5-10 years away.
    I know its soooo much to have to deal with, but as my brother put it, if you have to have one disease in the world, this is the one to have. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or anything.
    All my love, A stranger named Heather