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I walk for my sweet little princess Paetynn!
The afternoon of September 25th, 2012 changed our lives forever. We had taken our daughter Paetynn in to the doctor's office earlier that day for a check up. She had been complaining of stomach pain for weeks, she was constantly thirsty (drinking 32oz in 10 minutes and asking for more) and extremely hungry, and we were changing wet diapers every hour. Now for a 3 year old that's not normal, so we took her in.
At the appointment, they did the usual things, checked her ears, eyes, heartbeat, etc. But they also did a urinalysis. When the doctor came back in to the room she told my wife that Paetynn's urine had sugar in it and that they needed to go to the lab and have her blood drawn. At that moment we knew what they were looking for because I have Type II diabetes and knew the symptoms, but we were hoping for the best.
I was just finishing up work for the day when the phone rang. It was my wife telling me that the doctor had called and the blood work showed that Paetynn had Type I diabetes and they would be admitting her to the hospital. I went to the doctor's office to meet them and talk with the doctor. My emotions got the better of me and for several days I struggled with accepting this. She is my only daughter and I just couldn't imagine that she was sick and what this would mean for the rest of her life.
She was in the hospital for 4 1/2 days where the doctor's and nurses took care of her and trained us on how to take care of her. It was a whirl wind of people and information coming at us. We didn't even have time to digest this new diagnosis and accept it before we were expected to learn about how to manage this disease at home!
When we came home from the hospital life was pretty rocky. We had a lot of things to work out as we tried to understand the disease. Things like checking blood glucose levels, counting carbs, drawing up insulin, giving shots and most importantly trying to help a 3 year old understand that she had this disease and that her life would be changed forever.
Nearly a year and a half later, at the age of 5 she is doing pretty well. Paetynn's blood glucose levels for the most part are under control. She still has to have her glucose levels checked 4 times a day, she still gets 5-6 shots a day, and we count carbs for everything, but she has adapted as well as anyone could expect.
The hardest part is when she makes statements like "When I don't have diabetes anymore then I can...", or " When I don't have to get shots anymore..." By donating to JDRF, you can help make her statements come true.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?