December 31, 2013 by eric echols
It all started a couple of weeks ago when our oldest son began to be more thirsty than usual. We didn’t think much of it. Figured it was just another growth spurt. Boy were we wrong.
My mom called a little over 8 hours ago, just as Nicole and I were landing at the Atlanta airport after a trip to our (soon to be) new home in Tampa. She told us that Samuel (our 11 year old) was really sick and that she was going to take him to the emergency room.
Today our oldest son’s life changed forever. As soon as the ER doctor saw him, he was confident that he had Type 1 diabetes. After checking his blood sugar, his diagnosis was confirmed. They immediately had him transported to the Children’s Hospital in Macon, GA and admitted him to the pediatric ICU. We have been told that he has ketoacidosis and his blood sugar was over 700.
After a few hours of insulin drip, his levels have dropped below 300 and he is finally resting. Amidst all the poking and prodding, Samuel has been amazing. He is one strong kid! No crying, no complaining…not even when they started his IV. God knew he would be strong enough to handle all of this.
God is also strengthening Nicole and I. During this past season of our lives, He has been teaching us both about dependance. In retrospect, He was preparing us for this day.
And God continues to prove himself faithful! From the quick response of my parents…to the fast action of the ER doctor…and the amazing staff in PICU…God’s hand is all over this. Yes, it’s going to be hard. Yes, we are going to have our challenges. Yes, Samuel is going to be just fine! God continues to be our sustainer and provider. We know that no matter what we face, He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us. We are simply depending on Him every moment of the day.
Thanks for your continued prayers for our family as we embark on this new chapter of our journey.