Date of admission: 7/25/05. Diagnosis: Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Age: 24 months.
And there it is. The moment our life changed...on paper.
I'm not sure why it took me so long. After all, you might think that I'd want to bring this information with us since we moved across country about 6 months after her diagnosis.
But, I didn't want to read it. I was afraid of the emotion it would evoke to see a description of her frightening state of health in black and white...or the note about her "helicopter transport at 1000 feet"...or page after page of mind boggling numbers.
Surprisingly, it didn't spark the fury of tears that I expected. Instead, it just reminded me how truly blessed we are that Sugar is alive and well today. It gave me encouragement to see how far we've come. It gave me peace knowing that she was in the best hands possible at the worst time in her life. Most of all, it reminded me to treasure every moment, because NO ONE is entitled to - or guaranteed - another tomorrow.
Every day truly is a gift.
No doubt, Sugar will want to read through this one day. I'll keep it safe and sound, tucked away until she tells me she's ready.