The Triage

Today holding a baby three days old I wondered what the future has in store for her. I reflected on the craziness of the past 10 months and I contemplated the future. Yet, despite my circumstances I looked into her squinting eyes and felt hope.

Many of you have followed our journey with leukemia. Last year, April 18 –two days after Easter, Isabelle received a leukemia diagnosis. This launched us into to a year of nonstop travel to a children’s hospital, chemotherapy, procedures, and more. Our emotions and physical bodies felt the effects of back to back to back to back roller coaster rides.

Easing into 2018 we worked to find a new rhythm as we entered the maintenance phase of our daughter’s treatments. All things going well, we will wrap up chemotherapy treatments July 2019. We started to see life as a marathon now, not just a roller coaster.

The roller coaster returned three weeks ago

January 26 Ashley and I enjoyed a morning of pickle ball at the YMCA. Then disaster struck. Stepping back to make a shot Ashley felt a popping and tearing in her right knee. Hey trip to the emergency room with an x-ray learned little. This shoehorned us into a week of icing and waiting to get a follow up doctors appointment to learn more.

February 2 we scheduled a follow up and followed a hunch

Ashley got to see her doctor… And learned her knee would likely need surgery.

A hunch led us to take our older daughter to the doctor.

One finger stick, one urine sample, and one blood draw later our lives changed.

Our older daughter Christina received a type one diabetes diagnosis.

Clocking in with her blood sugar level around 800 Christina needed immediate hospitalization. So, off to Riley (children’s hospital) we went.

Two days later… February 4 we checked out with our heads spinning.

For the first time in years I really didn’t watch the Super Bowl. Exhaustion clouded out interest.

I hope to write more about what the diabetic life entails. But for now, imagine a five-year-old child getting stuck with needles nine times a day. Every day.


So now we still pray for the roller coaster to slow down. Hopefully Monday we will schedule with an orthopedic surgeon. Hopefully one day at a time Christina will get more used to all the needles.

Tonight, however, I need to rest in the arms of my heavenly father. I don’t know when the extreme days of life will slow down but today I look for peace in God.

Tonight I think of that little baby I held. My little girls need me to hold them strong. And I need to trust my father in heaven.

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  1. Hello Daniel
    Sometimes we just won’t understand the journey. Instead we learn to TRUST His purpose. His love for us is immeasurable. I pray His devine peace and comfort for you and family. Blessings

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  2. Hi Daniel,

    I am so sorry to hear that about your wife and your eldest daughter. No child should have to go through such an ordeal. No matter their age. Even though you are going through such a troubling time, God is good and he is always with you. From reading your many post (which I have missed over the past several months) your family seems amazing and you seem to be very close. God has his arms wrapped around you and your family. I will be praying for you and your family as you face this new reality. It may not seem like it now, but Christina will learn and grow with her diagnosis. It will become a part of her and there is nothing wrong with that 🙂 (I have a cousin who was diagnosed with T1D when he was 3. He is now in the 5th grade and doing amazing at managing his T1D).

    I also wanted to share with you one of my blog post that focuses on T1D. Jerry the Bear—A Comforting Companion for Children with Type 1 Diabetes. This blog post talks about a medically based bear that children can learn their new diagnosis with. I have left the link below. *I also have a blog post titled “A Doll Just Like Me” I mention American Girl Dolls and how they have doll kits for T1D.

    I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to your next update.


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