A couple of my kids and I were talking the other day about diabetes. My 13-year-old was wondering how ketones worked. How dka worked. That sort of thing. I told them the story of my friend's daughter who nearly didn't live to diagnosis because she was throwing up and the ped's office kept telling her mom that it was the stomach virus that was going around at that time and it took several days to shake it. Finally she was helping her four-year-old (at that time) into clean jammies again and noticed just how skinny she had become. She insisted on an appointment and when the doctor walked into the room he didn't even have to test her--he smelled the ketones. The doctor told that mom later that her daughter wouldn't have made it to the next day if she hadn't brought her in. We were discussing how shocking it is that diabetes is still so underdiagnosed--at least in a timely fashion. I've never talked like this with my older kids. Nathan was not very sick at diagnosis--no ketones and no hospitalization. That conversation has been bouncing around my head in quiet times since. Tonight my 10-year-old is throwing up. A lot. A whole lot. I do not think she has diabetes. My mind is thinking though...if this WAS the dramatic onset of diabetes (like my friend's daughter experienced) what sort of effect would it have on her? How would she handle it in comparison to Nathan? Diagnosis as a 10-year-old girl would be WAY different than diagnosis as a two-year-old boy. I would worry about an eating disorder, to be honest. Why am I blabbing on about this? What is my point? I'm not sure exactly. Maybe I am wondering if you all have thought about how diabetes would affect your other children? What would be the battles for them? To be honest, I have mostly considered how another diagnosis would affect ME. That's embarrassing to admit, but it's reality.