Type 3 Diabetes
Type 3 Diabetes is the condition contracted by those that have to care for someone with Type 1 Diabetes. I have Type 3 Diabetes.
Occasional contributor to the blog, my son Cyrus, was diagnosed with T1D at 18 months of age. He was very little, and we were very scared. His symptoms were increased thirst and increased urination. By this I mean if he didn’t have a bottle of water on him at all times he’d cry, and when we changed his diapers they were very heavy. This went on for not very long before we took him to the doctors. It was a very short doctors visit, given as soon as they realized his blood sugar was through the roof, they sent my wife immediately to the nearest children’s hospital, which was about two hours away.
She called me crying, and told me what was going on, and I went home from my office to get supplies for us for a few days, and followed along as quickly as I could. We would spend 3 days in that hospital, getting a crash course on how to manage T1D in a toddler. The staff was very supportive, and we maintain regular contact with them to this day, almost 5 years later.
It’s easy for me to forget he has a condition some days, as we manage it pretty well. And then there are days like today… Today there is no forgetting his condition. We are vigilant and mindful, but still there are days when his blood sugar readings jump or drop radically. Days like today are a reminder.
I like to think we live in a good age however, one where a cure might be possible in his life time. I’d like that for him. No life is an unchallenged life, but there are things I take for granted that he just can’t. And there are things he just can’t do yet that were easy for me when I was his age.
He can’t skip a meal, or sneak a snack. Everything in his diet is accounted for do we can give him the right doses of insulin. He’s also never been to a sleepover, as there has to always be someone there to manage his condition. One day, and may it be soon, I hope there will be a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. And I look forward to Type 3 Diabetes being cured the same day. 😉