The one thing I’ve been able to do since 05 April 2005 (the date of Sáin’s diagnosis) is rattle off stats about diabetes. I could tell you that every 10 seconds someone dies of diabetes complications, that everyday more than 40 kids in the
In many ways the statistics are a shield I hide behind. Statistics can be powerful but they are anonymous. A stat can never tell you what it’s like to be a kid with a chronic disease or what it’s like seeing your child lying scared in the emergency room with IVs covering both her 5 year old arms.
Diabetes forced me to move beyond the statistics and to recognize the face behind them. Sáin is not just a stat, she is my daughter. She’s a big sister, a second grader, a proud Canadian and a math wiz. Sáin is so much more than a statistic and I hope, through this blog, you can see a little clearer what life is like for an 8 year old (and her family) living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Here are a few statistics that really do matter to us… Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Sáin did nothing to deserve it and, as of yet, there is no cure. Aidan and I both have the gene that has been linked to diabetes so it could strike either of us at any time (or not at all.) Insulin is not a cure; it’s merely life support.
In less than 1000 days, Sáin has had:
over 8500 finger pokes
74 vials of insulin
over 4250 injections
12 visits to the endocrinology clinic at Children’s Hospital
33 days missed from school
4 social work appointments
6 nutrition classes
6 complete lab work-ups
8 research appointments
2 ER visits
2 mandatory flu shots
1 pneumonia shot
3 beat the bridge walks
2 retinal scans
1 test for nerve damage in her feet
(To see more of our life check out our Flickr page. I will be adding more pictures soon.)