Mom Wants A Diabetes Cure

Saturday, June 17, 2006

I Couldn't Be Prouder of My Son

Brendon earned the opportunity to test for his orange belt in Karate on Saturday. Jeff took him in for the test and left for a little while to run some errands. In the middle of testing, Brendon started feeling low and asked to see his father. Mr. M's assistant, who was giving the test didn't know that Brendon had diabetes, so he refused to let Brendon leave the room.

Brendon started sobbing and Mr. M was asked to come and deal with him. He brought Brendon to the waiting area just as Jeff came back. The glucose meter showed a 45. He was given a juice and a snack. In between sobs, he was insisting that he be brought home. He just didn't want to continue.

Mr. M didn't want him to leave. He told Brendon he got through the hardest part and just needed to do a few more combinations. He was trying to pep talk Brendon into finishing, not realizing that Brendon simply wasn't himself.

Once Brendon's glucose started to rise, he calmed down, took some deep breaths, and snuggled next to his father. Soon, he felt well enough to continue the testing.


  • Shannon, you should be proud.

    He is learning skills in karate and in managing/adjusting to this disease that will serve him the rest of his life (until a cure is found). Discovering that he can do it after correcting his situation invaluable.

    All the best,

    By Blogger Johnboy, at 6/18/2006 9:25 AM  

  • Woo Hoo Brendan!!! You look mighty handsome in that orange belt and you were so smart to realize you did not feel right. I am glad you went back in and finished. You are a super-hero.

    Shannon, Wow. You are doing a great job with this young man and if it is ok we will be proud of him right along with you and Jeff.

    By Blogger Vivian, at 6/18/2006 11:50 AM  

  • Ack, I just wrote a comment and I somehow erased it .....

    Congrats to Brendan! I'm so glad he decided to finish the testing. Those lows that sneak up on you really bite - but he did wonderfully :)

    Congrats to all of you - you have a lot to be proud of! (Love the picture :) )

    By Blogger Jamie, at 6/18/2006 12:34 PM  

  • Thanks JB :)

    Vivian...go right ahead and join us in the proud party!!

    Jamie...I was happy he finished instead of giving up. Like Johnboy said, discovering he can do it after recovering from a low is invaluable.

    By Blogger Shannon, at 6/19/2006 10:06 AM  

  • Congratulations to Brendan!! Both for passing the test and for sticking through the low and going back to finish afterwards.

    By Blogger Scott K. Johnson, at 6/19/2006 10:20 AM  

  • Way to go Brendon!!

    By Blogger Penny, at 6/20/2006 7:35 PM  

  • Sorry, I mispelled his name. And, I think I may have mispelled, mispelled.

    By Blogger Penny, at 6/20/2006 7:36 PM  

  • LOL, you spelled both right....

    Scott on the other hand did not spell Brendon's name right...but that's OK, I'll let it slide this time :)))

    By Blogger Shannon, at 6/20/2006 7:57 PM  

  • Ah, my little friend Superman. Being super, yet again.

    By Blogger Kerri., at 6/21/2006 9:29 AM  

  • Indeed, BIG congrats to our super friend.

    He looks so damned cute in that photo Shannon.

    By Blogger Nicole P, at 6/21/2006 12:46 PM  

  • Ha! I looked at how Scott and Vivian spelled it and I thought I spelled it wrong.

    By Blogger Penny, at 6/21/2006 7:13 PM  

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