An eagle-eyed mother’s instincts have helped her to detect a serious disease in her son after she noticed him going to the bathroom several times a night.
Californian mother Maura Tarnoff became suspicious of six-year-old Benjamin’s constant toilet trips and bed wetting.
“One night, when I was unable to go back to sleep after hearing Benjamin stumble down the hallway to the bathroom, I searched online for information about frequent urination at night in children and started to panic when every article I read listed “diabetes” as a likely cause,” Ms Tarnoff told Yahoo Lifestyle.
When a nurse dismissed diabetes, Ms Tarnoff was “relieved, but not entirely convinced”.
The nurse advised the mother to limit her son’s liquid intake before bedtime, but Ms Tarnoff decided to seek a second opinion.
They headed to Stanford Hospital’s urgent care clinic where a doctor performed a quick finger-stick blood test after detecting sugar in Benjamin’s urine.
It was at this point, Ms Tarnoff’s worrying was vindicated.
“He has diabetes,” the doctor told her.
“It was like hearing someone speaking while you’re underwater and drowning,” Ms Tarnoff said.
But despite the life-changing news, she said her son can live a “normal life”.
“These words pulled me back to the surface, and I clung to them. As I was about to find out, Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a lifelong diagnosis. But it is manageable.”
Their lives were changed instantly and the following day they returned to Stanford Hospital where they were given insulin injectors and a crash course on T1D and how to live a normal life with it.
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Ms Tarnoff revealed one of the diabetes educators shared advice that has shaped her approach to T1D ever since.
“Never ask if Benjamin can do something. Ask how he can do it,” one doctor told them.
Ms Tarnoff says she wants her son’s case to be a lesson to all mothers and for others to “trust their instincts.”
“I’m glad I did — and, whatever the result, you will be too.”