This is my first post and I am new to the forum. I have a concern that I thought some of you may be able to chime in on and give me some good advice on. A little backround on me first might be in order.
I was diagnosed with diabetes on june 12th 2009. After being wrongly diagnostic with a sinus infection for over 6 months and then getting a second opinion. (all while loosing 46lbs and having all the symptoms.) I was finally hospitalized in DKA and came out after 5 days a type 1 diabetic. After some family history it turns out that it seems to skip generations in my family and I had a great aunt a great uncle and who knows who else going back die of diabetes and one aunt still alive with it. Ive been pretty good with a a1c of 6.1 to 6.5 over the past few years (my a1c was 14.7 when I was hospitalized)
My problem starts here. after being diagnosed my father started to learn about diabetes and recognizing some of the symptoms got himself checked out at my request. pre-diabetic and now taking care of himself things are going well. My brother a police offer is a different story. Shows all the signs frequent urination thirst loss of muscle mass... supposedly got checked out.Says everything is fine for now butIi continue to pester him for his "results". Fast forward march 20th 2010, my niece Mckenna is born. My first concern is that she could possible get it at some point. I hope I can bear the cross of this curse so she doesn't have to ever deal with it. As she has gotten older, I have started to notice things that looking back on my own childhood, I can relate to maybe what my doctors as a child or my parents could have recognized as prediabetic tendencies.. I may be over paranoid Im not sure. How would you approach a family member with a new child to get them tested. I know if I had a child, I would have them tested regularly to ensure that we catch it as early as possible ( as I know the complications I have I would not wish on anyone.)
I want him to realize that catching it early and having her tested are as important as developing her ability to walk and talk. she has some strange health issues that I would personally related to diabetes that I think maybe her doctors dont make the connection with. Further complicating things, his wife is an ex-jehovahs witness who still has a strong distrust of modern day medicine.
All comments welcome,