I woke up this morning to a wonderful Father’s Day surprise. Breakfast in bed. Prepared for me by both of my children (with a little help from mom too). As I looked at my fried egg sandwich, I couldn’t help but count the carbs in the back of my mind. “2 slices of whole wheat bread is…. 28g, minus 3g fibre, equals 25g net carbs”. I find myself doing that with everthing that I eat, or anything anyone else is eating for that matter. As a parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) it has become second nature to know how many carbohydrates are in each of his meals.
Our son was diagnosed with T1D February 2010, when he was just 15 months old. All of the signs were there… Always thirsty? Check. Wet diapers? Check. Weight loss? Check. Lathargic? Check. It was right in front of us. Looking back, it was the scariest moment of my entire life. Watching my baby boy endure countless finger pokes and insulin injections over the next few days was awful.
I remember thinking, “I wish there was someone I could talk to, or relate with through all of this”. It was that feeling that inspired this blog. Let’s get a few things straight here right off the bat. I am not a doctor. I do not claim to know more than any other T1D father. I write this blog to let other T1D dads know that they are not alone. What they are going through, is probably similar to what I have gone through myself.
My writing may not always be profound, but I’ll do my best to keep you entertained. I look forward to sharing my experiences and stories with parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes in the future. Oh… and to all you T1D dads out there…
Happy Fathers Day.