Back to Parent' Voices Kyle and Lesley Otwell

Photo The day that we found out Colton had diabetes was the worst day of my life. I knew for several weeks that Colton had not been himself. He was asking for an outrageous number of drinks throughout the day, as well as soaking an incredible amount of diapers. I took him to the Dr. on June 2, 2000. I told her what we had been experiencing with Colton at home and how he seemed to be so cranky. He wasn't eating hardly anything. All he wanted to do was drink. He was so cranky too. Yes, at the time he was only 2, but we had never seen him act the way that he had been for those weeks. The doctor came into the room and checked him over. Said that he looked fine, but that his throat was red and that was the reason for him drinking so much. "The liquid feels good to his throat." She then proceeded to write a script for an antibiotic---did NOT even attempt to do a strep test.

I went home that afternoon and got the medications filled. Started them right away. The next week continued to go on as the previous weeks had. He pretty much refused to eat anything at all. He just wanted to drink. He continued to constantly need a diaper change as well. He was waking up in the middle of the night soaking wet, which we had never had a problem with before. A week passed and that following Friday as a friend and I went to some garage sales, she encouraged me to go ahead and take Colton back to the Dr. again. She is a nurse and said that she had gotten out some of her nursing books and that she didn't want to scare me, but all of Colton's symptoms pointed to Diabetes. I had already made an appointment for that afternoon. On June 9,2000 I took Colton back to the Dr. for the second time. I again complained about the fact that Colton was not eating, but drinking, and constantly peeing. At first she tried to tell me that he was old enough to be potty trained. DUH! I had already been trying to train him, but it was impossible. He was wetting all over the place! She finally did a urine test and it came back with sugar and moderate ketones. That would explain him being irritable and the ketones we now know were the culprit for Colton throwing up so much for no apparent reason to us, especially since he wasn't eating anything.

We met with an endocrinologist the next day. June 10, 2000 our lives changed forever! The doctor sat us down and explained to us what we were going to be looking for. Explained what diabetes is and what happens when you have it. We then got the confirmation. Colton's blood sugar at that time was 372! We were devastated. All I knew of diabetes at the time was that if you had it, you had to take shots. We had know idea the severity of the illness. The next several months would be a daily battle with doing finger sticks and shots. I would cringe each time it was time for either to be done. I would cry and cry with each injection as he would look at me and say "mommy don't, don't hurt me". Sometimes he would just scream. Not any scream, but blood curdling. About 3 months after we found out, the tests became easier, but the shots were still another thing.

Fifteen months into D, Colton can test his own blood sugar, and proudly does this if we are eating out, or at church. Shots are a bit easier, but if there is a crowd of people, he uses that chance to "make a scene" and say it hurts. He knows that he must do these things in order to keep from getting sick and going to the hospital.

He proudly wears his diabetes bracelet. If someone asks about it, he tells them he has diabetes. If they ask what he does to take care of himself, he replies, "Check my blood and take my shots!"

I never imagined that I would ever have to go through something like this. It took us over 2 years to get pregnant with Colton. Then, I felt as though his life had been taken from us. To this day, I do not understand why Colton has diabetes. I only know that he has it, and that there is a purpose for it. Some days are still hard to get through. Especially when he is sick. With each new day, I have to thank God that I still have him.

This year was our first year to participate in the Walk To Cure Diabetes. Colton's Cure was our team name and between our friends, family, co-workers of those, and our church family, Colton's Cure raised over $2,600.

CWD is an awesome site. If it were not for this site, I would not have met the close friend that I now have. Our boys were dx'd the same weekend. We all know what its like to be going through D and feeling alone at times. Its a comfort to know that there are people out there who know exactly what we go through daily, and they understand why we feel the way that we do.

Praying for a cure!

Kyle and Lesley Otwell
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Published November 17, 2001

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