My amazing son and how we make the most of every day with type 1 diabetes.
Feb 16, 2013 | By: Jenny Potter
The sun still shines on our house and life even when type 1 diabetes is here. Written by Jenny Potter.
It is almost 2 years since my beautiful boy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The actual date is 3rd November the year he was diagnosed was 2010 he was just 2 years of age. Alot for anyone to deal with not alone a 2 year old. The last 2 years have been the most challenging, emotional, exhausting times of our lives however they have also been the most special, filled with lots of love and our boy, Harry his love for life and for us has kept us going. I can't lie it has been the worse time of our lives and I honestly truthfully never thought we would get through a day not alone be able to cope a year down the line. I have decided to do this blog looking at everything that has happened and to help any other mum or dad and child that is in the same situation as us so that they know they are not alone in this world even though you do feel very alone when you are around people who do not have the same things going on in their lives.
Photos above taken just 2 weeks after Harry was rushed to hospital with DKA and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 2 years. Photos show Harry having his fingers tested which he has to have done before every meal so we know what his bloods are to work out his insulin dose. He also has to be tested at night, before and after activities like sport, play centres, parties as activities will lower his bloods, cold and hot weather will also make Harry's bloods unpredictable. The recent snow made his levels go very high. It is different with every child that is type 1.
Harry having his photo taken with a group of children with type 1 diabetes who we have met up with and stay in contact. Photo taken in aid of Juvenile diabetes research foundation.
Harry above photographed after he raised just over £302 for Juvenile diabetes research foundation in his sponsored walk. Midlands walk 30th September 2012. Well done Harry we are so proud. Harry was amazing. He had to have his injections during his walk and he was incredible throughout this day. We are so very very proud of you.
We have gained streghth from loved ones and also from other mum's who have children with type 1 diabetes. We also each day are very grateful for what we have that many people would take for granted that we can see, walk, eat, dance, sing, run around, talk.
We do our best each day to help others and raise money for Juvenile diabetes research foundation as well as we sponsor an amazing girl in India who cannot afford insulin we help with costs of the insulin and pay monthly towards this. We also a few times a year send letters, clothes and other things to her to help her out. The organisation we sponsor her is called www.dreamtrust.org. you can get sponsor forms from www.iddtinternational.org (The insulin dependent diabetes trust) They are an amazing company who also send unused and unwanted in date insulin and other medical supplies to under developed countries.