Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Our First Anniversary

Our first anniversary. I never thought a whole year would pass. In some ways it passed quickly. The children are growing way too fast and I see and feel that passing by way too quickly. On the other hand I remember what happened 1 year ago today. 1 year ago today our lives changed forever.

I don't think that I will forget that day for as long as I live. As soon as the doctor walked into the room I knew something was really, really wrong. I could tell by his face. Those words. The words that came out of his mouth. How I wish he could have been wrong. "Isabelle has Diabetes. You are going to have to take her to the Emergency Room." Just that simple. He should have said...'By the way, your entire life is going to change and you are going to have to stick needles in your child at least 4 times a day not to mention checking her blood sugar via finger pricks every two hours.' That would have been more to the point. Of course I bet he was just trying to get out of the room without making me cry. I still remember calling my husband and telling him what was going on and where to meet us. I remember calling my Mom and asking her to please get in the car (although she had just gotten home after a trip herself) and come over so that someone could be there to take care of Alex. I remember calling Sheila and telling her what was going on. I still remember coming home and hurriedly packing a bag for myself, my husband and Isabelle for a stay in the hospital for at least a few days; the whole time worrying that I was taking too long. I still remember the frantic drive to the children's hospital with two sick children in the car. I remember calling one of the mom's from my mom's group and asking her to post and tell everyone what was going on. I remember getting to the hospital emergency room and being extremely thankful that my husband was there and that they had valet parking. I still remember that Isabelle fell asleep on the ride to the hospital and I didn't know if I should wake her up or let her sleep. I also remember that when Thomas took Izzy out of her car seat she had peed in her pants. I remember being glad that she was asleep because she would have been really upset about that. I remember thinking that I would never remember all of the information that they were throwing at us.

I'm sure there's more, but I'm sure if you have read this far you are tired of reading. :)

I wasn't really sure what to expect of our first anniversary. Things have gotten easier. Taking care of Isabelle is more automatic then it was a year ago. I hope that with more time it will get even more automatic. We'll see what the future brings.

I told Isabelle what today was and I asked her if she remembered not having diabetes. She told me that she did. She also said that she remembers the nice nurse that gave her the yellow care bear. We went out to eat at Moe's tonight for our anniversary.


Kate said...

Dearest Lisa and Isabelle

#1 anniversary huh? I'm about to celebrate #6 at the end of this year. It does get easier, but the pain has never left me. I had a beautiful baby boy who was suddenly behaving like Regan from "The Exorcist." The drive to the doctor gives me chills, even now, just thinking about it.
Each year, I allow Lance to "celebrate"in some small way. He is a huge fan of iced donuts, so we go the Donut King, give a few extra units of Novorapid, and a glazed muffin is devoured in under a minute. It's like watching a dog that hasn't been fed for a week. Those poor tastebuds that are designed to taste sweet foods sure get a workout on Anniversary Day. Anyway...just wanted to let you know that I'm adding you to my Blogroll, and that I'm thinking of you all, especially you. Isabelle was probably too sick to remember much, but the way a parent's life crumbles into pieces with every sentence as your "New Life" is explained to you along with the test results is possibly the worst experience I have encountered. Sending you big hugs and love from Australia..You made it through the bumpy first year!! Things should start to smoothen out a little from now.. Take care, and I'm very happy to have found you!!
Peace and Jellybabies
Kate in Queensland, Australia.

Adam Greene said...

congratulations on making it through the first year. Your experience sounds harrowing. Over the years we have made a few trips like that to the ER, but that was for my father; now that I'm old enough to have a kid I couldn't imagine doing that for a little one.

Again, congratulations on making it through the first year.