Alexandra was 7 years old when she was diagnosed on June 25, 2008. About a month earlier, she had gotten very sick one weekend -- fever, chills, etc. -- and the doc now thinks that might have been the viral trigger that set her on the D path. That weekend, we were all sick in fact, so guess Alex was just the "lucky" one. Then about 2 weeks later she wet her bed one night. It was the first time in years and very surprising. After that, every night she was up constantly going to the bathroom and I thought she was just trying to avoid wetting the bed again. The last week before dx, we noticed she'd come home from school each day and sack out on the couch from exhaustion. She was losing weight, but we only really noticed how much when we could see how bony her spine had become -- you could see that big knot at the top of her shoulders so prominently. I had looked online and saw that horrible word -- DIABETES -- but I couldn't utter it out loud. My husband would not have accepted my "diagnosis" so we took her to the doctor. We got there around lunch time and naturally she had to pee. I told the nurse she should ask the doctor if a sample was going to be needed (you see, I just knew). Sure enough, ketones were off the chart and her sugar only read HI on the meter at the doctor's office. By the time we met with the doctor it was near on 3:00 pm and we had to get back home to pick up the boys from school, so even though the doctor told us to go to the hospital and see yet another doctor, we held off until the next morning. Had I known then what I know now, I wouldn't have done that. Next morning, at the hospital, the doctor read the referral letter, and then while she directed Alex to get weighed she showed me where we'd be "staying." I really really didn't expect that. Alex was admitted to the hospital on 6/26/08 and we were both there through 7/2/08. June 25th, 2008. That was the first date of our new normal.