Type One Diabetes - A misunderstood disease
My son, TJ, has type one diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was 15 months old, 5 days before Christmas. The symptoms of type one diabetes individually could be attributed to so many other diseases and fairly normal behavior. But combined, they tell of a very deadly disease.
If anything comes of this post, or this month that I've been sharing more about type one diabetes, please know the basic symptoms so that you may be able to save a life. My friend was the one who said TJ probably had diabetes, when all the nurses and doctors we talked to brushed that idea aside because he was so young.
Extreme thirst, unquenchable
Frequent urination, bedwetting
Fatigue, lethargy, very weak
Fruity odor to the breath
Fast heart rate
Please read over those again. Those first 2 are very common and has been a symptom for almost every type one we know.
Type one diabetes can be discovered in such an easy test. A quick finger poke with a drop of blood or a urine, pee on a stick test. It can be stopped before the person is days from death like we were. You may be able to save a life, even if it's not your own child's. Type one diabetes doesn't just affect children, although that is most common. I've heard of a few adults diagnosed in their 30's.