Diabetes Comfort Companion Story #5
The following is the 5th “Comfort Companion” Story from Purr-fect Pals, my picture book for children with diabetes.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Our phone rang at one o’clock one morning. It was Mike, the principal of Joshua’s high school. He asked my husband, Jordan, if Joshua, our son who has Type 1 diabetes, had come home from the basketball game.
“He was home,” Jordan said.
Mike then asked Jordan to ask Joshua if he had seen Rob, a classmate, who had not yet come home after the game. Jordan told Mike he would call him back if Joshua knew where Rob was, then he went to our son’s room.
As he opened the door and switched on the light, Jordan saw Joshua fall out of bed and begin convulsing on the floor.
Joshua was having his first low blood-sugar reaction.
Jordan shouted for me to get the Glucagon, a hormone that raises the level of glucose in the blood.
I gave Joshua the Glucagon shot, while Jordan called our volunteer fire department. We were so frightened, yet on the way to the hospital, Jordan and I realized we had experienced a miracle.
Joshua had come home from the basketball game, eaten his snack, and said good night to us at midnight. There was no reason to check on him after he went to bed.
If Mike had not called us an hour later about Joshua’s missing classmate, and if Jordan had not gone into Joshua’s room to ask him about Rob, Joshua might have lain unconscious on the floor until morning.
He could have suffered brain damage.
He could have died.
Why had Mike called us? Joshua and Rob were classmates, not close friends.
Our explanation… In Hebrew, Joshua’s name means “saved by God.”
We are truly blessed!!
Sheila N. Glazov ~ Author ~ Speaker ~ Educator ~ Personality Type Expert
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You are such a good story teller. And you have so many worthy stories to share. I enjoy when I am at my computer and one of your email posts pops in. I always go right to it. Your Hebrew name’s translation…Shaina (?)…is, fittingly, beautiful.
I’m honored by your compliment, especially from another writer.THANK YOU! It makes my Blue Brain smile to know you enjoy my stories. Yes, Shayna means “beautiful.” I also thought it was appropriate, when I wrote Princess Shayna, because I believe self-esteem is “beautiful praiseworthy gift” we can offer and encourage in others, when we acknowledge and appreciate their “Brain Color” attributes and abilities.