Diabetes and MoonbowsWritten on June 1, 2013 Categories: Events and Travel
Diabetes, Moonbows, and the Air Force
Did you people know I have a brother? We don’t talk that much. I’m most likely the worst brother on the planet. Recently we were able to meet in Kentucky and took a trip out to Cumberland Falls. This was the setting for last weeks hike. I’ve taken a few trips out here and its a great place to visit.
My brother does some weird shit in the Air Force. I have no clue what exactly he does. Whenever I ask, he tries to tell me, but my eyes glaze over about two seconds in. Most likely its a front or cover and he’s an assassin for hire.
Probably the worst thing about all this is that I have never met the kids. Turns out my brother and his wife have a kid with Type one diabetes. Also, one child possessed by Satan.
What exactly is Type 1 Diabetes? Well according to diabetes.org “Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.”
I have to confess, the above definition didn’t make much sense to me. I’ts not like of some kind of fancy gynecologist. Anyway, what did it mean to me?
What it meant to me is that I had to ask before giving him anything to eat. Sugars I mean. Basically this kid has one of the best eating habits and diets I have ever seen. Also, he’s got monk like discipline. Its pretty freakin cool.
Whats the bad side? Well it turns out their are a lot. Both short term and long term. For one thing the kid has to be a walking pin cushion. Take a hard look at the above photo.
Imagine if you had a kid and had to stick a needle in him about every three hours. Personally I think I wouldn’t like it. Imagine that if you slip up, just once, he could go into a coma.
Those are some pretty terrible things for parents to imagine. However before we cue the sad music and whip out the tissues, go ahead and take a look at all the pictures again. See how happy and normal they look? Thats because they are, hey just have another hurdle to jump that many other families don’t have to contend with. They don’t let it ruin things.
If your interested in learning more or donating to Diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.