Welcome to Silas' personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
In March this year, my son Silas had a bad cold and was just not getting better after two weeks. He was just not being his usual happy and giggly self. Being the paranoid doctor that I am, I tested his blood sugar and found him to be normal. Two days later, I picked him up from daycare and took one look at him and knew something was wrong. The teachers were bragging about how well he had done with transitioning to sippy cup and had drank an entire pitcher of milk. I knew instantly he was diabetic. Upon testing his blood sugar, I found he was "high" which meant it was higher than a standard glucose meter can read. We took him to Children's Hospital where the diagnosis of type 1 Diabetes was confirmed.
Fortunately we caught it really early and he didn't have Diabetic Ketoacidosis (a very serious complication often seen when kids are first diagnosed). We didn't even need to be admitted to the hospital. However, this began our never ending journey of finger pokes, injections and carbohydrate counting.
Currently Silas requires 6+ finger pokes per day and 4 insulin injections. He is incredibly brave and rarely cries with his shots. However, managing a toddler with diabetes is NOT like managing an adult. Every little thing can affect his blood sugar - growth spurts, fevers, teething, illness, excitement can all result in scary high or scary low blood sugar. It is a nonstop chase to achieve "perfect" control only to realize it can't ever be perfect. When his glucose is too high or too low, he is miserable, cranky and unhappy. Even under the best of control, toddlers like Silas are in the "normal" range only 50% of the time. It breaks our heart every day that we can't just make it go away.
We are walking to help raise money for a cure so that hopefully, my son won't have to endure a lifetime of needles, finger pokes and injections.
Please help us by visiting our personal fundraising page. From there, you can support our team by making a donation or join my team and become a fundraiser. We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. Even if you can't join us at the Walk, we appreciate any and all donations made to our fundraising efforts for JDRF
"Team Silas - Leaving Diabetes in Our Wake"
Megan, Peter, Fiona, Nigel & Silas