“Mom, Diabetes has the word ‘die in it. Am I going to die?”
In the spring of 2014, Wyatt received two challenging medical diagnoses. In April, he was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum disorder and just one month later in May, type 1 diabetes was determined to be the cause of his recently changed behavior. After his mom noticed Wyatt was extremely thirsty, very lethargic and was vomiting despite not eating, she immediately took him to his physician where his blood was drawn. While waiting at home for the test results, she received a call from the doctor’s office that Wyatt needed to get to Seattle Children’s Hospital as soon as possible.
Wyatt ended up having a four-day stay at the hospital where he and his family were educated about their son’s diabetes and learned how to treat him with medication. Once known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. Nerve damage, blindness, and kidney disease are common complications of type 1 diabetes.
Wyatt is receiving a customized educational program at his school and is taking speech classes. And ever since he got sick eating some food containing gluten, he has been eating a gluten-free diet and is now undergoing testing to determine whether he is indeed allergic to gluten.
On the surface, Wyatt is a typical “boy’s boy” with a love of all things Western, fishing and sports. Beneath that tough exterior, however, Wyatt is a very private young boy who still feels a little embarrassed about having diabetes and his ongoing medical challenges. When he initially got his diabetes diagnosis, he asked his parents whether he was going to die simply because the word “diabetes” had the letters d-i-e in it. He even questioned whether his parents still loved him since he now had a disease.
Kids Wish Network looks to combine some family travel time to Texas with Wyatt’s love for cowboys, horses and rodeos; check back later to read more about the details of his wish!