My grandson Gordon was born on Christmas day two years ago. At 15 months old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I will NEVER forget how helpless I felt when my wife and I arrived at the emergency room about 11:00 PM on a Sunday night to find my son Justin and his wife Chelsie, with little Gordon hooked up to an IV in each arm. I will also NEVER forget the helpless and confused look in Gordon's eyes as we came into the room. Funny how I can get a little teary eyed even now, when I think about it.
Today, Gordon is the love of our lives. He's such a great little kid and the way he deals with the daily diabetes rituals, amazes me. He gets tested 6 times a day, on average, and he's even gotten to the point where he tells us which finger or toe (well, he doesn't like toes anymore) he wants pricked. All of it is pretty painless, except for the insertion of his infusion set. Gordon's been on an insulin pump since he was about 18 months old ( what a God send that is) and it requires an infusion set, which involves the tubing from the pump which goes to a small adhesive disk with a needle attached, and that needle is inserted in his backside. THIS, he does not care for. Because of the adhesive and the way it reacts to his skin, it must be moved every couple of days. Some days he takes it like a champ, while other days, he needs to be held down while it's done.
Hopefully, someday doctors and researchers will find a simpler way. Maybe a cure? Maybe a bionic pancreas, which they're actually working on and would eliminate what diabetics now go through.
To help with funding the research, our family, including my 86 year old mother and 87 year old father, will be walking in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) One Walk on February 1 at The Mall of America to raise funds for research.
If you'd like to help Gordon and others like him, you can go to the following link and donate. It's my son's page and we're known as Team G!!