The Day I Found Out My Daughter Had Diabetes
Scary is an understatement when you're talking about a diabetes diagnosis, especially when a child is involved. In this video, Kim and Brittany talk about the day of Brittany’s type 1 diagnosis and how much treatment has evolved in the years since.
She was. I was. You were three months before your 10th birthday.
I remember. It was September 22. She was going to turn 10 in December.
She had not been feeling well, and my mother took her to the doctor. Two days later, I went to wake you up to take you to school,
and I was going to work. You wouldn't wake up. Finally got you in the car and before we got to the end of the road, which was less than a half
a mile, you were sound sleep in the back seat again. I called Nanny and said, I'm going to bring Brittany to you.
I'm calling the doctor. And they retested and they said, you've got to go to the hospital. Well, my sugar was 523.
They did a finger stick at that time. You know, Nanny doesn't panic much, but you could see the panic setting in.
It almost became like the teacher on Charlie Brown. Like, everything just started getting, wah, wah, wah.
And all I could picture was Mamaw and her shots. And then I--
She took you back there. I couldn't get back to Nanny and Papaw's house fast enough to hide. Well, where's Brittany? We've got to get her to the--
Exit stage left. So we start a house search, and lo and behold.
The dryer. Miss Brittany has climbed in the dryer and shut the dryer door behind her. Yeah, I wasn't real happy you found me.
Do you remember when we got to the hospital and we got in your room, and the lab tech come in the room
and he said, you're extremely lucky. He said, she walked in. He said, most of our newly diagnosed type 1 diabetics,
they get diagnosed when they're brought in in a coma. So don't dismiss it.
I don't feel like people need to accompany it with that-- it's serious, but there's a solution.
Things are so much better, so much better than 25 years ago. Do you feel like they are with type 2 also?
Do you feel like the medications are more effective or just the way that they understand how the body reacts to carbohydrates and fat?
I think the understanding is better, and there's more information getting put out there for everybody.
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