Many of you have reached out to us to encourage us and assure us you are praying. THANK YOU! It feels selfish to post this but would you mind if I share some specific ways you could pray? (Someone asked me for specific things today but I am still in shock and a little foggy so my answer was essentially useless)
Cyrus is our #1 priority right now so I’ll start with him. Please pray for his emotional well being. He is 7 and while he’s seen his older siblings live with diabetes it’s very different when it’s happening to you. He has already said, “Mom, I don’t want to be diabetic.” He cries less every day but he still has moments. He will need prayer as he adjusts to a minimum of 6 injections a day not including LOTS of finger pokes. He hasn’t gone back to school yet but when he does it will be different for him. Two of the biggest adjustments will be no longer being able to eat birthday treats at school with the rest of the class (he will bring them home) and letting someone other than mom and dad give him injections for lunch. Would you also pray for his body? Newly diagnosed diabetics often have a pancreas that sputters insulin on and off until it completely dies. (This can last months or even years) As a result it can be harder than usual to keep his blood sugar stable. A steady “drip” of insulin or a complete stop would make things easier.
Our other kids need prayer as the majority of our focus has shifted to Cy along with our other two diabetics. Please pray that they will be patient with us as their needs temporarily take a backseat to Cy’s well being. You can specifically pray for Brady as he seems to be the most emotionally impacted. He is extremely protective of Cy right now which is ok but we are worried he will take on the feeling of being responsible for Cyrus’ diabetes management.
Insurance. Please pray for approval for an insulin pump and a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor). A few things (insulin syringes and a specific form of insulin) have already been denied. This is the same insulin that insurance quit covering for Joci and Brady so we are trying to stretch the remaining insulin at home between the 3 of them. We have an order of insulin on hold in Canada to be shipped as soon as the weather stabilizes. Please pray for 3 to 4 days in a row of temperatures in the upper 30’s as insulin is temperature sensitive and we can’t risk having it freeze in transit.
Please pray for Jim and I as we grapple with all of the added responsibilities and emotions that go with this diagnosis. We need to communicate well in order to work as a “medical care team”. We are also very sleep deprived. Some due to just being overwhelmed emotionally but also having to stay up late and get up multiple times in the night to check Cy’s blood sugar.
I can’t speak for Jim but this diagnosis feels different. It feels like we won a lottery with impossible odds without buying a ticket. But instead of being able to refuse the winnings we’re being forced to accept it thus changing our lives in a way that is anything but positive.
I (we) covet your prayers more than ever as we find a new “normal” but more than anything we ask that you pray for a cure. Ten years ago Brady was a 22 month old, newly diagnosed diabetic. I will never forget the kind, soft spoken pharmacist who encouraged a young shell shocked couple picking up an absurd amount of diabetes supplies for the first time. He said, “Don’t give up HOPE. Research is so close. I wouldn’t be surprised if they find a cure by the time he is in college.”
Pray that we don’t give up HOPE.
Romans 15:13 May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.