Five years ago this month, my second son, Tristan, started to complain that his vision had gotten blurry. I also had noticed he was gulping down everything in sight, and he seemed to be urinating constantly.
The day before Thanksgiving, I took Tristan, then 14, for a vision test at the pediatrician's office, and when the eye exam was done, I — as casually as possible — asked for a urine test. Although I hadn't told anyone, I knew he had the telltale signs of type 1 diabetes.
A few minutes later, Dr. Eugene Chen returned to our room to tell us Tristan's blood sugars were in the 400s (100 would be normal), and that he had type 1 diabetes.
He said Dr. Susan Clark, the head of endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), was waiting for us to be admitted. We would be spending Thanksgiving in the hospital.