Our own little D Day story...
I'm now the mom of a Type 1 Diabetic. Jilly was diagnoised Sept 6, 2009 after a week of odd to us but normal to T1D symptoms. The first odd thing was the frequent late night trips to the bathroom, the thirst, then the weird mood swings which included lots of shrugging and "I don't knows". But when Jilly then asked to go to the doctor we knew something was wrong.
First we went to the local clinic who then sent us to Seattle Children's Hospital. We were there for three days as they put her on IV's to clean her system and trained us how to manage it. Our stay was amazing and all the nurses on the wing were friendly and very pretty. When we started we were in shock, overwhelmed and scared. But they promised that by the time we left we'd have the tools and understanding to manage her needs. I didn't believe them at the start, but they were true to their word. They told us it would be OK and this new life would become the new normal, and although it's too soon for it to be 'normal' yet, I can see as a family we're reaching acceptance.
So now she gets injections before every meal, she does her own finger pokes and tests her blood. She's even starting to learn to do her own shots thanks to her wonderful Endo - who's promised us she'll be able to do it on her own by summer. And we as a family are learning to grow and live with T1D.