Friday, February 27, 2009

Diabetes Expo

Last weekend, we attended the Diabetes Expo at the Convention Center.  The boys got to do crafts then watch a magic show while John and I listened to a speaker discuss where research is at on finding a cure or prevention for diabetes.  The boys probably had more fun than we did. After the symposium,  we walked around all the vendors at the expo.  I got info on insulin pumps and diabetes camp while the boys jumped in a couple bounce houses and ate samples of fruit sorbet.  TrialNet was there so we took the opportunity to have our blood tested to see if we are likely to get diabetes.  They run studies on close relatives of those with diabetes and if we show antibodies that can lead to diabetes, we can be in a study to prevent the onset. I absolutely hate needles, they make me faint.  But I was super brave during my blood draw because I think this is important.  Jaden really did not want to get his blood drawn.  He screamed and cried.  It took us about 20 minutes to even get him to sit in the chair by the nurse.  All this time, Bryce kept getting in the chair...maybe he wasn't scared because he wasn't getting his blood drawn or maybe cuz he gets pokes and shots all the time.  Anyhow, Jaden was a wreck!  Outside the little tent, other families were waiting with their children to get blood drawn and could hear Jaden's fearful protests. One boy was even hiding under the table because he didn't want to be next.  When we finally got Jaden to get his blood drawn, he screamed out "it hurts! it really hurts!!"  Yeah, sorry to all the parents after us!!!

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