My daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1. She passed out one night at home and we had to rush her to the emergency room. After talking to her doctors and looking back over the weeks leading up to her diagnosis she may have shown some subtle signs we missed.
I would imagine that's not unusual - especially with teenagers. She's always running around involved in tons of activities. Getting up early, staying up late - studying, sports, being with friends and family. Did she appear more tired than normal? Not that we could tell. If you are the parent of a teenager you also know how much they can eat and drink and that it can wildly fluctuate from week to week. My daughter is never without a bottle of water. Does that mean she was exhibiting excess thirst? I think we missed it.
Now that diabetes has become an official member of our family we're doing everything we can to minimize its impact on our daughter's life. We're also considering counseling to make sure we're not ignoring the emotional aspects of the disease. I've been reading a lot about the links between diabetes and depression and I want to make sure we're giving our daughter all the tools she needs to stay healthy.