A year ago, completely out of the blue my, then just 4 year old, son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. There is no family history - it is just 'one of those things' that happen. Well a year later we have all survived!! A few more grey hairs for me, but as I had lots anyway you wouldn't notice. It has been hard at times and I know it will get even harder. But he is well and luckily still in the 'honeymoon' or remission phase. This means his pancreas is still making some insulin, just not enough to cope. How long this will last is anyone's guess but so far so good.
He has adapted so well to the daily regime of blood testing - 7 times a day, insulin injections - 1 morning and 1 evening(plus occasional extras if he is unwell or is going to a party), carbohydrate counting - set amounts at set time, 6 meals a day. His HbA1c today was 6.9 - so his blood sugar levels have been pretty good the last 3 months. The Doctor and Diabetes nurse are happy so on we go. He never complains, he is learning to check his own blood sugar levels and lives life to the full - what 5 year old doesn't! At times it seems so unfair but I guess that's life, it could have been a lot worse and for that I am grateful. We will manage , we will continue to do the best we can to keep him well and we will have good times and bad times. We won't be beaten!