I know it's a moot point by now...Adam has T1 Diabetes, and it's not going to change. But I can't help but go over the last few months to try and figure out when/how this all began. I have a theory, and I'm curious to know if any of you had determined a "root event" as to where this all began for your child.
Back at Adam's well-check in April, I brought him in and had no idea he was sick. I mentioned in passing to our pediatrician that Adam had this rash on his back and belly. She took one look at it and said, "Um, that's strep rash."
Color me dumbfounded. I had no idea he was even sick! One rapid strep test later, and it was confirmed that he had a raging case of strep throat/scarlet fever.
So, we got our antibiotics and went on our merry way.
In early June, as I was clipping Adam's fingernails, I noticed that Adam had deep, horizontal ridges in his fingernails...like dents.
Of course, I consulted Dr. Google, and there were all kinds of possibilities - vitamin deficiency, illness, etc. I came across a picture of Beau's lines that looked exactly what Adam's nails looked like.
One of the items on the list of causes was scarlet fever.
Bingo! I breathed a sigh of relief and forgot about making an appointment to take Adam in to the ped's office.
Did y'all click on that link and see what I missed? What is number 1 on the list?
Yeah. Uncontrolled Diabetes.
Of course, at the time, I had no idea that Adam could possibly have that. He wasn't showing many symptoms at that point, if any.
And I know that the fact remains, that whether we had caught it back then vs. now...it just doesn't matter. Thankfully Adam's diabetes was caught before he ended up in the ICU with DKA.
But it certainly is interesting. This has likely been brewing for at least 6 months. It is fascinating to me that the body leaves these little, seemingly insignificant clues as to what is going on in deep inside.