June 4, 2013, was the worst day of my life.
I sat in an Urgent Care exam room with my oldest spark plug Turbo and tried to absorb what the on-call doctor was telling me: Turbo’s flu-like symptoms were the result of Type 1 Diabetes. He was now in a life-threatening situation called Diabetic Keto-Acidosis (DKA). In minutes, a team of EMTs would arrive to take him by ambulance to Children’s Hospital, where he would be admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Before that terrible Tuesday afternoon, I knew very little about diabetes, especially Type 1. The grave but kind Urgent Care doctor briefly explained that Turbo’s body had attacked its own insulin-producing beta cells in his pancreas. Without insulin, his body had no way of getting the needed energy from his blood sugar into his starving cells. He would need to be on life-long injections of insulin. [Read more…]