Dave Matthews Band helped my son with Type 1 Diabetes.
That is my lead in…
My 13 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 6. In the beginning, he just accepted it as in the early years, our children tend to do what we as adults tell them to do. Last year however, he sank into a deep depression as he was getting it that this is a life long journey that effects every aspect of his life. While he can do anything you and I can do, he has to take the extra steps to consider what he’s doing in relation to his Diabetes. So last year was a VERY tough year on him. He stopped using his pump and went to shots by his choice as he didn’t want an “anchor” and be seen as standing out.
Last year we struggled with Diabetes. He went into DKA and was hospitalized and needed an emergency appendectomy. The complicating matter relative to Diabetes is that medical situations like this one actually and usually cause the human body to have a much more severe diabetic condition than what is actually wrong. So, last year when he was hospitalized, they had to stabilize his DKA just to determine what was wrong. He persevered.
So, his depression started. I immersed him into Boy Scouts, and any other activity I could. I attended Scout Camp where he mountain climbed, et al.
In August, he started to come out of his depression. He saw he could do whatever he wanted to do. This included the Dave Matthews Band. DMB speaks to him. Last summer, we did Virginia Beach and the Pit in Bristow. Carter gave him a drum stick after the show. At the time, I had no idea what the “Gathering” was as I myself am a late bloomer into the DMB family. Anyway, I attribute the Band to helping him “heal”. He told me just two days ago that he no longer thinks about his Diabetes, and only does when it comes time to eat and bolus. He now OWNS that bitch. He’s the BOSS of it. Thanks Dave Matthews Band…you did something for a soul that you’ll never know you did
So, this year, I’m taking him to 3 or 4 shows. I think Atlanta in the Pit, then Charlotte, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach from what I can see. I need to hook him up with a Boyd hug….then I’m going to kick his ass out of the way and get me some LoVE!