Imagine my surprise when the doctor told us my daughter has diabetes.
Three years ago, Rowan was drinking a lot more water than usual. Every night before she went to bed, she would say she was dying of thirst. She was using the bathroom a lot more, which seemed natural considering the volume of water. She was more tired than usual. Every day when I dropped her off at afternoon kindergarten, she would have a fit complaining of headaches, stomachaches, wobbly legs and dizziness. To me, it all sounded like a new kindergartener not wanting to go to school.
I may not have taken Rowan to the doctor unless my sister hadn't suggested that her frequent bathroom trips could be an indication of a bladder infection. Imagine my surprise when the doctor told us my daughter has diabetes.
We were lucky that we caught it when we did. There are a lot of people out there who are not so lucky and a misdiagnosis can be tragically painful or even fatal.
If you're concerned that you or someone that you love may have diabetes, all it takes is a simple blood test to tell one way or another. Diabetes sucks. But not knowing is even worse. And, until they find a cure, education is our best tool.