What we thought was going to be a routine doctor’s visit turned out to be life-changing......The visit felt perfunctory, just over-attentive parents worrying a little too much.
Turns out we hadn’t been worrying enough.
After a urine test and a finger prick, the doctor came back with the diagnosis: He had type-1 diabetes. She instructed us to get to the emergency room as fast as possible and to be ready to spend the entire weekend at the hospital. There was no time to go home to pick up a bag. (There is the possibility he could have been in diabetic ketoacidosis a state in which the body starts breaking down its own fat and producing ketones. This can alter the acidity of the blood and is potentially life threatening depending on the pH.)