Today, at 1:47p, we will mark Frankie’s DIAVERSARY. Three years of living with Type 1 Diabetes. It is not just Frankie’s Diaversary. It is Rachel’s, Mom & Dad’s, Grandma & Grandpa’s, aunts, uncles, cousins, Frankie’s friends, their parents, his coaches, his teachers, our Upstate T1D group, his scout leaders, his school nurse, our church-St. Ann’s, Immediate Medical Care of Manlius, our friends at the ADA and JDRF, his principal, his doctor, Pepsi Co., our neighbors— all have had diabetes with Frankie since August 23, 2010 at 1:47pm. We are THE PALLADINO PACK! Today we all celebrate!
It takes a TEAM, educated about diabetes, to keep a child with type 1 diabetes safe and help them handle their medical needs. So many variables can cause fluctuation in glucose levels—some variables a child will not recognize until the fluctuation becomes an emergency. So the TEAM needs to be there-at all times-and do the recognizing for the child. Growth spurts, puberty, the weather, excitement, a common cold, stress, fear, activity, and more-could land Frankie in the hospital. There must be a TEAM on alert-all day, every day. We are BLESSED with an AWESOME team.
Thank you for being on this wild ride called Type 1, hanging on with us at every turn. Thanks for sharing the tears and the fears, and the laughs (yes-you have to find the laughs—BOLUS!). THANK YOU for not being scared to take on the role of caregiver. Having Frankie for sleepovers, parties, and taking him to the movies. For learning how to give shots, test BG levels, and inject glucagon. Thank you for encouraging him to ride his bike
for 15 miles in the Tour (even though YOU caused some gray hairs on my head!) Thank you for attending ‘What’s Your Type?’ events and joining us on our quest to raise awareness! Thank You for letting Mom and Dad leave their jobs –no questions asked-just GO—when the phone rings and Frankie needs us. Thank you for being a support to Rachel—taking her to SeaBreeze, horse rides, overnights and outings. Thank you for the late night phone calls, the meals, the hugs.
Our #1 goal as parents is to make sure our kids are safe-at all times. Since diabetes—our second #1 goal is to make diabetes a ‘matter of course’ in their lives. Easier said than done, but looking back at the last 3 years-Frankie and Rachel BELIEVE all is possible- they face their fears, dream dreams, cry when they need too, and find humor in a disease that is humorless. They hold hands and jump willingly into the unknown. How do they do this? Through the POWER of the TEAM! They know ALL OF YOU are watching out for them, cheering them on, and you have their back.
Happy Diaversary Palladino Pack!