I sat in the doctor’s office. It was a room that I had sat in many times before but this time was different. My son was laying lifelessly in my arms. I was terrified.
We had been to the hospital for bloodwork and x-rays. He hadn’t stirred. I looked across the room and saw a poster that had probably been there for the past 10 years or more but I had never noticed it. It showed the signs of diabetes. I have never paid attention before. It was a disease that happened to other people…until it didn’t.
As I waited I read….
My son did nothing but soak his diapers for weeks. We were going through Pampers in record time and I had blankets on my couch because accidents were happening.
We had been to the emergency room in the days before and they said that it was a good sign that he was drinking. Even when he seemed too weak to get up, he could walk to the fridge and drink a carton of apple juice. They assured me that this was a positive thing.
My son was 2 years old. He spent most of his time in my arms. I had no idea if his vision was blurred. He had no way to tell me either.
My son slept all of the time. He was sick. I knew that much. Sleep was a good thing for a little boy who wasn’t feeling well.
My son had always been tiny. He hadn’t been eating a lot. Of course, he was slight.
My son had sweet little boy breath. I didn’t know that there was anything else that could possibly be going on.
Thrush or other yeast infections
This was another of the warning signs of diabetes. Why did a two-year-old have thrush? The emergency room doctor didn’t offer any explanation. He simply gave us antibiotics.
I didn’t know the symptoms. I didn’t know that warning signs and neither did the ER doctor. It almost cost my son his life.
Know the signs. Share them with others. Together we can save lives.