Monday, October 5, 2015

What It's All About

Y'all, I come to this space to write often, but I rarely get anything out. It's like God's not finished with the thoughts in my head yet, so I don't feel like I can start the retelling.

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I keep coming across encouraging words about walking in your calling, pushing through when you want to quit, getting to the destination, and I just know it's coming... eventually. It seemed as though our season of transition was coming to a close, and then the new house flooded. Then there was an issue with the doors. Then we were in the hospital for three days. And then. And then. And then.

Here's the thing, though, I'm not mad. I'm not sad. I'm not anything but grateful. I know that He makes all things work together for my good. I know He has plans for our family to prosper. I know He called us here. I know He is working in and through this house we built for fellowship, prayer, and furthering the Kingdom. I see Him working through the boy wanting to reach others who are sick and hurting.

I'm pretty much a giant ball of emotions lately, but I know Whose I am. I know that He is able to do immeasurably more than I can even ask or dream. I know that when this season ends, we will see His glory. And that's really what it's all about.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Type 1, Part1: Thirsty

*A disclaimer, because this is the internet and you can never be too sure. This is our story, not sound medical advice; it you think your child has a problem or could have Type 1 Diabetes, please see your doctor.*

The most common question we have been asked this week is, "What was wrong? How did you know to take him in?" 

For our situation, insatiable thirst and frequent urination were the red flags. From what I have read, this is a common indicator of Type 1 Diabetes.

The boy is always a drinker, so it took a while for us to catch it. It actually took some bed-wetting incidents, which were completely abnormal, to really bring it to light. Even when we were potty training, we never had trouble with accidents in the night. The first time? We thought it was a fluke, maybe he was sleeping too hard after the football game. The second time? I was googling "my five year old is extremely thirsty" in the middle of the night. The results from the google search definitely scared me a little. I woke Mr. Gray up at midnight and expressed my concern. He reminded me we had all started taking vitamins (a plain multi-vitamin, everyone taking their own type and dose) and that he came home from work thinking he had diabetes just a few days before. I consulted Dr. Google (good thing he's 24/7), found some plausible explanations, we prayed together, and went back to sleep.

Hall of Champions

Another day or two went on, and the drinking wasn't stopping. Our water-only child was drinking anything he could get his hands on (juice, milk, completely abnormal for him) because he was so thirsty. We were counting the days trying to recall how long it took for the vitamins to completely stop having strange effects on Mr. Gray, but I was continuing to worry. On Monday, the 21st, I called and set up an appointment for Wednesday, September 23rd. After a slightly lethargic soccer practice and a phone call with a pedi friend, though, we decided we needed to take him in sooner than later. We got him in to the local pediatrician first thing Tuesday morning. Honestly, we completely believed that we were taking him in just to rule diabetes out and have it be deemed a stage, growth spurt, or unexplained weird thing kids do. Even the doctor told us before the testing that sometimes those things just happen with kids. He didn't look or act sick. He wasn't feeling bad. He was just thirsty.

Looking back, hindsight is definitely 20-20, we can also see spots of irritability and extra car naps in our recent past. They weren't all together enough to be clear indicators in and of themselves, but they were definitely present in small doses.

The bottom line is, you know your child better than anyone, and if you suspect anything--anything at all--is off, call your doctor. If your doctor can't get you in soon enough to make you comfortable, call another doctor. Get things checked out as early as you start to notice they're awry.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Lots of New Edition

1. We'll start with the big new: the boy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last Tuesday. I'll share the story soon, but for now, we are settling in, doing well, and incredibly grateful for the amazing team of doctors we are working with.

In four days, it'll be five years ago since we walked out of a hospital with our brand new baby boy, a cart, some balloons, lots of love, and a little uncertainty about a new journey. Today, we walked out with a lot of the same things, but with added education and information about Type 1 diabetes. We have spent the better part of this week with some amazing medical teams learning exactly how to care for our boy and this new-to-us condition. We have had incredible support from our families, friends, and friends of friends as we embark on this new part of our story. We are grateful for all the calls, prayers, and offers for help this week. It truly takes a village. Before we left, Hays told us he wanted to come back and help other kids when they first learn they have diabetes. We can't wait to get to do that with him! What a heart! ❤️
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2. Also new? The boy is five. Five years old. I cannot believe it. That's half a decade.

3. A new Purpose Box will soon be on its way to your door. Yes, yours, if you go order now--don't wait or they'll be gone. Click here. I'll wait.

4. I am anxiously awaiting the new video for Purpose Box. It should be ready to roll in the next day or so, and I can't wait to share.

5. I started a new book, Everybody Rise, and I'm not sure I'm into it yet. What are you reading?

6. Our new football seats are pretty great. I just miss our football friends who usually sit near us. Maybe next year we will get back to our football folks.

7. It's almost moving day! I can't wait to get into our new house and make it our home! After some setbacks and issues, it's almost a reality. I can hardly believe it.

8. People definitely got the memo about this Lego-crazed kiddo in our home. He got Lego sets for his birthday, Lego sets in the hospital, money for Legos on the way home from the hospital at the Lego Store. Legos everywhere! Thank goodness he puts them together quickly and then they're less crazy. He can't stop showing me all his new sets and characters. (I know, mini-figs.)

9. We started getting a new subscription box, Tinker Crate, a month or so ago. We have really enjoyed it. It's a nice change from the ones that just come with toys and things--it's something to do. Use this link to get $10 off! 

10. Word on the street is that my boy George has a new concert series and will be hitting the stage in Las Vegas. Who's going with me? (Just a reminder of how I act when I see George live and in-person.)

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