During a checkup of our 1 year old daughter my wife noticed several red bumps on her abdomen. The pediatrician said they looked like flea bites. (We had a dog and a cat ). Several months later our daughter began acting very moody, like a teenage girl. She continued to often have these mood swings which could be quite strong and hurtful when she rejected attention. One morning when she was 7 we could see from her gaunt appearance that something was obviously wrong. We rushed he to the pediatrician who immediately said she was suffering from ketosis. We then rushed her to Rady Children’s Hospital where they diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.
My wife, who has a PHENOMENAL memory, noticed several red spots with white specs in the middle which were in the exact same location as the “flea bites” our daughter had as a baby. The nurse told my wife that could be the spot where the virus first entered the body. When my wife asked if Diabetes could be spread by flea bites the nurse just responded that nobody yet knows the cause.
Of course we don’t know either but wonder if there has ever been a study about the correlation of pet ownership and type 1 diabetes.
We have scoured the internet and can find no mention of a study or the possibility that fleas spread a virus that causes type 1 but it certainly seems plausible.Fleas, after all, were responsible for spreading the plague. The warmer the client the higher percentage of people with Type 1 and the warmer the climate the more active fleas are. Some fleas have built up resistance to some flea treatments for pets. It would explain the explosion of the number of cases of type 1.
Of course you don’t need a pet or to work with animals to get a flea bite but it’s a LOT more likely.
This seems a common sense question for anyone doing research into the cause of Type 1 but we don’t see or hear of it EVER being addressed. Doctors and nurses dismiss the question out of hand with thier stock “nobody knows” response.
Does anyone know of ANY survey of children diagnosed with type 1 that asks about pet ownership?
If so, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gus and Erin Morrow
Valley Center, CA