Monday, June 16, 2008


We participate in the TrialNet Natural History study. Nora & Dominic are siblings of a person with Type 1 diabetes, so they have their blood tested every year to check for autoantibodies. We do this because, according to studies, relatives of people with type 1 diabetes have a 10 to 15 times greater risk for developing the disease than people with no family history.

Last year Nora, Dominic & I all were tested. Luckily, we all had a negative result. Now I'm too old for the study (sob!) so only Nora & Dominic were tested. We'll get the results in a month or so.

Last year it was difficult, to say the least, to get Dominic to give blood. He bucked like a bronco and ended up with an enormous bruise, even though we prepared and "practiced" beforehand. What a difference one year makes. This year he held out his arm and didn't even say ouch! He said that his arm hurt a little, but it was from the elastic that they tied his arm with more than the needle. Nora & Dominic got bags of prizes, which also helped ease the pain! We were all very proud of him.

Later in the day we went to a playground to run off some energy. At one point Dominic fell off a swing and bumped his back & head. I brushed him off & hugged him, and then he decided to sit by me for a while. He said, "Mom, I could have cried when I fell, but I didn't."

"Why didn't you cry?"

"I thought about how brave I was when I gave my blood today."

He's growing up!!!


Isophorone said...

Should I have my kids be part of this study? One of them mentioned cousins.

Naomi said...

You can call Mary Burr at the U MD Baltimore hospital, her name & number are listed in the trial info, or I can get it to you. She'll tell you whether cousins are part of the study.

Cara said...

Aww! How cute!
They always try to get me and my family to sign up for Trial Net at all the functions and stuff that we go to. But, alas, I am adopted so we don't qualify. :)

k2 said...

Naomi -
WOW - Sounds like they are getting big and brave!
You have awesome kids!

Naomi said...

Cara, I'm sure if you guys did qualify, you'd jump right in! :)

K2 -- they are brave & very interested in their antibodies.

Ashley said...

aww, go dominic! rockin' brave kid!

dae said...

Wow you must be so proud of Dominic. It's one of those "wow" and "awww" moments, IMO.