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Two days ago (Nov 21st) marked Dylan's 6 year diaversary. An anniversary of the day on which we received news that would forever change our lives.
6 years of living with diabetes! Sometimes I can't believe it has been that long already; other times I can't remember our lives before diabetes.
What does 6 years with diabetes entail? Let me give you an basic idea...
13,158 blood sugar tests
2,190 insulin injections by syringe (pre-pump days)
488 infusion set changes
52,632 units of insulin
1 faulty pancreas
And these numbers are conservative. These numbers represent the basic, essential diabetes care Dylan needed in the past 6 years in order to stay alive; the minimum 6 tests per day, and infusion set changes every 3 days. They don't include extra testing when ill, at night, or at non-eating times. Nor are they representative of faulty infusion sets or ones that fall off early. And they don't reflect all of the curve balls that diabetes has thrown our way over the past 6 years. They are the basic. The minimum. The life or death requirements.
So as Dylan nears his 11th birthday tomorrow, and continues through year seven with type 1 diabetes, I am grateful for the medical advances that keep my son alive today, but I still hold on to the hope that someday there will be a cure for this all encompassing disease.