Hello, everyone! My first post, so here goes...my then 15 yr old daughter Sarah was diagnosed 3/15/10, and just this week, I feel that she is her "old" self. (well, besides having the dreaded D!) The last 5+ months have been tough, both physically and emotionally. But now she seems to have more energy and feels better.
She hasn't felt well for soooo long. Pre-diagnosis, she was tired to the point of falling asleep each day after school. The pediatrician would assure me that she was a teen, and they stay up late! Then the excessive thirst, blamed on a recent sinus infection. I knew better, but didn't want to believe it. Then the weight loss. At that point, I insisted on bloodwork, even though the nurse warned me that insurance may not cover it, and maybe I should wait until her annual checkup in JULY!! Needless to say, she was diagnosed within a couple of days, as soon as her bloodwork came back. She has done VERY well, and I am so proud of her stepping up to take care of herself. She is 16 now and driving. UGH! I have been told, by her, that I "hover" too much, and that she is 16 and will be on her own soon, anyway! (dread) She rolls her eyes when she sees I'm on this site. She says I need to relax. I try, but its so hard. Sometimes, it hits me, and I can't believe that she has diabetes! It just takes my breath away. I can't make it better for her, and I think that's the hardest part. But I let her take care of herself, (she's very private), and I just keep her log book for her and make sure she takes her Lantus at night. (she forgot once on a sleepover!) And of course I'm always here if she needs me. Other than that, she's on her own, which makes her happy, and our compromise has worked so far.
Thanks for letting me tell our story, and THANK YOU to all of you on this site. You have no idea how many posts I've read, and it helps to know there are many, many people out there that are doing just fine! :)