I have spoken often here how much I love parents of type 1 children. I have always felt they are God's gift to us children.
I lost my Dad over the weekend. I lost my parent, champion ,cheerleader, campanion, doctor, coach, the list goes on and on what my parents were for me.
I have always been in awe of how they just handled everything that was thrown at them that horrible day in September of 1970. I know they were thrilled I was going to live because it was pretty touch and go for awhile. And to hear I would be ok was probably the greatest thing they heard that whole week.
But than reality sets in & the horrible outlook I faced and how things would change forever. And they did for not just me but for everyone in the family.
How do you deal w/ that first injection that you must do everyday to your little child? How do you handle that first argument that I didn't want to eat that spinach but had to because insulin was already taken? How do you handle that first low where Dad sets on the child while Mom gets the juice into you? How do you handle that first seizure as you watch helplessly waiting for the ambulance? How do you try & focus on the whole family not just the one with diabetes? How do you put on a happy face knowing what life might be like? How do you know when to turn over the controls or that I'm ready to be on my own
I don't know how my parents knew. But they did. Was every decision they made the best, no but what parent can say that. And did the diabetes just throw a whole set of variables into the mix, you bet. But even though I have been out on my own for a very, very long time with a family of my own, my Dad would always ask about my diabetes. Even though everything I do now is nothing like it was back in 1970. A parent never stops caring and never stops worrying.
So I believe my Mom and Dad are now back together and smiling together, knowing that all their love, all their caring, all their knowledge helped me get here. So Dad the diabetes is good and so am I.you will always be in my heart right along with Mom. Always! God Bless all those parent of type 1 diabetes children and God Bless my Dad! Love you Dad!