Back to Kids' Voices Andrew Graham
Our son Andrew, "Pooh Bear", was diagnosed with IDDM on Sept. 11, 1996 just 14 days short of his 3rd birthday. That started a whirlwind 5 days of seeing doctors, no sleep, and not knowing what exactly was going on. The ordeal started with simple blood tests being performed because of Andy's excessive thirst/urination, weight loss, and general lethargy. It culminated with us taking Andy to the local emergency room and then having him life flighted by helicopter to a children's hospital and a night's stay in ICU. We spent 4 more days and 3 more nights before being released from the hospital. During our stay at the hospital; we watched videos, read books, and Diabetes Specialists gave us classes on diabetes and the care of a diabetic child. We started giving Andrew his shots and finger sticks in the hospital immediately after our training. I think this was good for us and him.

It is now more than a month since Andy's diagnosis and we are doing pretty well. Except for the shots and finger sticks, Andy seems like any other normal 3 year old. Andy is very active, eats quite well, and enjoys life to its fullest. We all could do that a little bit more. It is great to see him run, play, laugh, and roughhouse with his older brother Corey. Corey is in the picture with Andy and will be 7 years old before long. Corey has been a big help with Andy's care and has taken a great interest in all of the activity.

As parents of a diabetic child, we now have added responsibility for our child. We must educate ourselves, our families, and others in Andy's care and well being. It is a parent's responsibility to see that a child receives the best of care and adheres to their diabetic regimen. Take charge of the situation and ask questions of everyone about everything involved in your child's care. No question is a dumb question if you learn from it. We have found that it is best to be upfront with our children and explain exactly what is going on, I think they understand a lot more than we give them credit for.

Never forget that it is a parent's gift to love and be loved by their children. How too often and easily we forget what is really important in life!

Andrew Graham's Picture
Andy and his big brother Corey.

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