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 that the signs of diabetes included….
Frequent need to urinate
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.
Vomiting or sore stomach
My son had thrown up, but that was all part of the flu wasn’t it?
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.
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Know the signs of diabetes
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