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Why I’m blogging

On February 3, 2007, Ayden was born. 

When I went back to work in February 2008 Ayden started coming down with colds, stomach flues, and ear infections. Not a week went by when he wasn’t sniffling or coughing. Normal childhood stuff, right?

I didn’t think too much of it. He was in daycare with 10 other babies drooling and chewing on toys. Things started to change in July.

Ayden suddenly learned how to ask for water. He had a few words in his vocabulary, so this was not a surprise. What was surprising was the amount of water he would consume in one day.

My husband started to get concerned about it, and asked me to talk to Ayden’s doctor at his 18 month check up. I did, even though I wasn’t concerned. I thought, “he likes water, how can that be a bad thing.” It was at this appointment that I heard the word diabetes in relation to my son for the first time.

The doctor also wasn’t too concerned. Ayden was not loosing weight – yet, and I told her his moodiness was because he was teething. She gave me a requisition to get his urine tested, but told me not to worry about if I wasn’t concerned.

I tracked things for a while and I asked his daycare to track how much water he was drinking during the day. After about a week I found out he was consuming about 50 oz. a day. For us Canadians, that equates to over 6 cups between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. This started to worry me.

A week later we attended some birthday parties. At one of them Ayden had a piece of birthday cake. The next morning he drank three glasses of water within an hour and was in such a bad mood, we ended up leaving the second birthday party before they served the cake.

I had the urine test done the next day, and the day after that we were taking him to the Stollery Children’s Hospital for an official diagnoses.

On August 24, 2008, our lives changed as Ayden was diagnosed with Type I Juvenile Diabetes. On that day I promised him I would do everything in my power to understand it and ensure he lives a full, healthy and happy childhood.

That’s why I started this blog. What better way to learn about diabetes and how to deal with it than from other parents of diabetics. I hope this blog will be a place to share ideas, vent about the ups and downs, learn new strategies and educate others.



1. Shelbee Williams - February 25, 2010

Wow, God bless You and your family. Type 1 affects everyone and everything without permission. You have a friend in me. I invite you to share Nasara’s story: http://www.youngdivabetic.typepad.com

Peace and Blessings, Shelbee

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