Monday, September 13, 2010

First attempt

Ok, so I used to write a lot.  I actually get a lot of enjoyment of putting words down on the proverbial paper.  Now, have I made time to actually sit down and write in recent years.  No.  I have seen over the last several months how blogging has given my beautiful wife a release, and so, I think I am going to give it a try.  As you can read from the title, I am a D-dad.  Doubly so, in that I have diabetes as well as my now 18 month old son.  To say that things have been hectic since his Dx would be an understatement.  Prior to February of this year, diabetes was an inconvenience that I dealt with on my own because I didn't want to trouble my wife with the details.  I was dignosed as an adult in 2004.  It was quite a shock because I was actually diagnosed after I had lost 50 pounds. 

I had always been a little overweight.  Chubby was just the way it was.  So gearing up for my 10 year high school reunion, I started spinning.  Now, I had worked out in the past, but nothing prepared me for spinning.  They are some hard core bike riders.  Well, 7 months, and 50 pounds later, I felt horrible.  I was always thirst, peeing 3-4 times a night, and the kicker was my eyes.  I could see better with my contacts out.  I was so dehydrated that it had changed the curvature of my eyes.  My eye doctor caught it, and sent me to have my blood sugar checked immediately, and it was 550.

Fast forward 6 years, and now I have an infant with Type 1.  He has a very protective older brother as well.  Now I have to take better care of myself as I am his role model.  I don't know why I wasn't doing it before.  Now we don't do anything where D is not a factor.  It doesn't rule our lives, but it always comes along for the ride.  Well, lets be honest, sometimes it drives and we just have to hold on, but what can you do :)


  1. Brian, I am so glad that you have started blogging. You are a wonderful person and Father... and role model in SO many ways- D just being one of them. I am looking forward to reading more. *hugs*

  2. Hi Brian,

    My name is Reyna and I write on Beta Buddies. My son Joe was diagnosed with type 1 4 years ago when he was 3 years old. Welcome to the D-OC.

    Funny you mention your vision changing with type 1 in the mix, pre-diagnosis. I noticed my son was all of a sudden deathly afraid of going down the stairs the few weeks prior to his diagnosis...I have attributed that fear to his vision being affected by "d" too. Not a lot of people mention the vision component.

    I look forward to following your journey. Your wife is a peach! I have enjoyed following her blog over the past month or so.

  3. Ya know.....I'm really happy to see you here. Already love your wife and family...and I think YOU are going to find a support system that may surprise you.

  4. I look forward to reading more from you. It's nice to get a guy's perspective!

  5. I'm very interested in hearing more of your story, especially since you're dealing with this on your own end but now as a D-Dad. Looking forward to reading these posts!