Diabetes and Moonbows

Written on June 1, 2013 Categories: Events and Travel


Diabetes, Moonbows, and the Air Force

Showing the fresh spring at Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. His son doesnt let having Type 1 Diabetes get in the way of having fun.

 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.

Air force family visiting cumberland falls Kentucky. Type 1 diabetes doesnt get in the way of having a normal life.

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.

Cold hands in Cumberland falls, Kentucky

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.

Sponge bob beanies. Air Force family visits Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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.”

The kids play at Cumberland falls, Kentucky.

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?

Happy smiles from the kids at Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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.

My brothers wife has to take a blood sugar reading often to prevent the Diabetes from hospitalizing the kid.

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.

Air Force family visits Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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.

Throwing rocks and making silly faces in Cumberland Falls, Kentucky

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.

Comtemplating windchimes and making silly faces in Cumberland Falls, Kentucky.

If your interested in learning more or donating to Diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

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