Bedtime thoughts from Orlando:
Mike and I are here at the CWD FFL conference with our sons, and TrialNet is here, too.. TrialNet screens relatives of people with type 1 diabetes for their risk of developing type 1. As you’d probably expect, Mike and I worry about our sons’ risk for type 1 and getting them screened is something we’ve discussed, and that I’ve written about, in the past.
My general feeling has been that I don’t want to know. I want to live as if diabetes is not going to happen, and if it does then I’ll deal with it. Mike, until now, seemed to feel the same way. But today, with TrialNet right there in the next room, Mike felt differently. “We should test them,” he said.
I gave him a WTF look.
“For science,” he said. “We should do it for science.”
Maybe we should. But I’m not ready to go there. My sons, thankfully, are having a great time. I don’t want them to think that we brought them here to find out if they’re going to get diabetes.
On the flip side, CWD FFL is probably the only place in the world where having diabetes doesn’t seem like a bad thing. So maybe after being here diabetes will seem less scary to my sons. I love seeing how happy the kids are here, but it doesn’t make diabetes, or the risk of it, any less scary to me.