Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Negative for autoantibodies AND glasses this year...

They eventually learned how annoying dialated eyes can be.
 After the ordeal of getting the kids blood drawn in May, we were looking forward to finding out the results. It was supposed to take 4-6 weeks, and I noticed that we were pushing that limit this week.

Today we received the results from the Diabetes Trialnet and they were negative for all three kids. It helps that 1/2 of their genes are from my wife who has very few genetic health risks, and no autoimmune diseases that we are aware of. I'm like the clearinghouse of genetic health stuff in my family. We will repeat the test yearly.

We are glad. We can always use the extra time being open an positive about how I manage my glucose. When I interviewed them about diabetes in the winter they forgot that insulin treats high blood sugar and said that if your BG is high you might have to "rest it out". I guess that's how chill I am, I just rest it out (wink). Since then I've been more explicit about how I control my sugar levels. Exercising has been an obvious part of that lately.

As an added bonus, we had their eyes dialated and checked, at the optometrist. The younger two don't need any corrective lenses, yet. I've had a need for glasses since a young age. In fact, I managed to get bi-focals in 3rd grade. As a photography teacher, I can tell you, there are quite a few teens walking around with blurry vision.

Anyway, I'm having a great summer with these three and love the extra time I am able to spend with them during breaks from school. They are really fun, smart, and entertaining. Ellie is taking a trip to the Philippines to visit my parents in about 2 weeks, then starting high school in August. Simon is going to camp for 12 days with his cousins. We are trying to have as much fun together as we can before we end up all over the place.


  1. Great news, and really funny picture! I don't think I had my eyes dilated until I was in high school. It was one of the first times I had a super legit excuse for not doing my homework-- how can I do it if I can't see it?

    1. Yeah, I tried to keep the optometrist from doing it because I just wanted to know if they could read the chart or not... but, now they know what it's all about. They got out of their summer reading for a few hours.

  2. Do you wear contacts? I don't see glasses in your profile pictures.

    That's great news for your kids. They say half of people who will develop D by age 18, are antibody positive by age 5. It's a little ironic that trialnet only does gene testing on participants if they are antibody positive.
    My mother actually got herself HLA genotyped after I was diagnosed. So now we know my mother has a protective allele and herself has no risk whatsoever of autoimmune diabetes ... and that she didn't pass that allele on to me, which means we know which allele I have at that location (I forget what it is though). My mother wanted my dad to also get genotyped but he said NO WAY.

    1. Yes, I wear contacts, and glasses.

      Good information about the antibodies by 5. All three of our kids are past that age.

      The genotyping info is fascinating.

  3. yayyyy!!! great news. I haven't tested my kids. It terrifies me. Maybe soon. I'm lucky too in that my husband doesn't have much health stuff to pass down. His family has a lot of type 2 but that's it. So hopefully our focus on protein and veggies will help us in that department. But everything else is on my side. Glasses (I have 2 parents and 4 siblings all whom wear glasses since childhood), the diabetes, there is lupus, allergies, and oh I could go on but it's such a downer. Glad you're spending time with your cute family!

    1. Sysy,
      I think it was good to get them involved in the process (even though having blood taken was kind of icky). It probably would help them understand it a bit better if they knew about a predictive gene expression.
      Ironically we have some good health and longevity genes mixed in with all the medical idiosyncrasies. I have a great grandmother that reached age 104. She had poor hearing, and also passed that on to many of us. I am already showing some hearing loss. C'est la vie.