Yesterday I heard from another D-mom that at 13 year old Type 1 Diabetic recently died whilst attending a basketball camp.
I do not know any other details…
I do know – that this news has totally and utterly shaken me to my core.
Anytime I hear of a death due to Type 1 Diabetes it is scary and makes me think of my own daughter and the what-ifs. The entire diabetes community seems like a big extended family and when we lose one of our “own” it hurts and reminds us of how unpredictable and dangerous this disease can be.
This particular news really hit close to home
– WAY too close to home…
Eden has attended numerous basketball camps over the Summer and has one more to go to next weekend.
I have ALWAYS stayed all day at every single camp – every single practice and every single game since diagnosis. It is just too risky NOT to – you never know what will happen and I will NOT leave Eden with anyone who does not know what to do in an emergency. Have I been tempted to duck out for a little while – yup. Have I freaked out when she has disappeared out of sight – yup. (see here) This is EXACTLY WHY…
Could this child have had an underlying medical condition – absolutely.
Could this child have died due to T1D and a low blood sugar episode – absolutely.
13 year olds want freedom – they don’t want/need their parents hovering 24/7 to make sure they are safe.
I try very hard to give Eden freedom – but whilst playing basketball – until she doesn’t bounce around from team to team and from coach to coach – it is NON-NEGOTIABLE… I need to know that she will be with someone who knows what to do in an emergency. T1D can turn into an emergency quickly…
This news is a stark reminder –
Type 1 Diabetes is dangerous and can be deadly