Saturday, March 3, 2012
Jesse was here
2/3, the second anniversary of losing Jesse has come and gone and today, 3/3, is here. 3/3 was Jesse's diagnosis date, 12 years ago. Not a day to celebrate, just a day to reflect. So many parents are out there who remember their child's diagnosis date. I can think of two friends who remember the diagnosis date because not only was it the date their child was diagnosed...it was also the day the child died.
Today I remind you to educate others about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. I think some of us are so close to it that we forget that not everyone knows the symptoms. Teach. Frequent urination, extreme thirst, lethargy, irritability. And most of all trust your gut - if the doctor tells you the child just has the flu...or a virus ASK them to test your child's blood sugar. Children die at onset. I know it first hand.
Let's remember that these children were here, too.