In Honor of November being Type 1 diabetes awareness month, we wanted to share stories from other people in our community who also have type 1. This story is about cute Maysen who was recently diagnosed. Thank you for sharing with us @lajane35.
Friday, September 30, 2023 will forever be a day that is etched into our brain. Our 2.5 year old (at the time) daughter had been drinking a ton of water and completely saturating her diaper within 20 minutes of changing it, for about a week. We chalked some of it up to maybe some growth spurts happening or ‘normal’ toddler behavior. Two days prior to that Friday, she spiked a random fever and was beginning to become lethargic. At first, we thought the fever explained the frequent urination and chalked it up to being a UTI.
Expecting a quick doctor’s appointment and prescription for antibiotics, the appointment quickly shifted when our doctor recognized the symptoms and said he had to check her blood sugars before he could go any further. She was even sleeping through the appointment, confirming his suspicions. With a blood sugar of 430, he had us rush to the closest PICU to be admitted and confirm a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes and full blown DKA. In hindsight, she had even been losing weight far longer than we had begun to realize. The signs were there, google even said Type 1 would be a possibility, but never thought that Type 1 Diabetes could ever happen to us.
A year later and our now 3.5 year old is thriving and living her best life with her identical twin sister. While we still have days that present challenges, Maysen is fierce and brave as she tackles each day with whatever diabetes might throw at her/us. There are days that the challenges that are presented daily, quickly remind us (mom and dad) of the Trauma we experienced in those first few months of diagnosis. However, we’ve come a long way taking steps each and every day making this ‘Type 1 life’ part of our normal everyday routines. It’s hard and there are nights that are long, but we are thankful for the medicine and technology that allow us to keep our innocent warrior of a daughter alive each and every day.