I was sorry to hear about your Zoey and your having to join the fight against this disease. My grandson Wyatt was diagnosed at 18 months. Like yourself and others the diagnosis came out of the blue, the only indicators were extreme thirst and wetting through his clothes. My daughter and son-in-law were also devastated. My wife and I and my son in laws’ parents felt helpless and upset, but it can not compare to the pain and fear of parents facing T1d. It is very difficult at first, but with time and knowledge it does get better. Children at this young an age can’t understand what is happening, but this is a blessing of sorts in that they haven’t had the time to develop habits that are so much harder to overcome later in life. Wyatt was then as he is now a typical boy. He plays hard, digs in dirt and all of the things boys without the disease do. As Alicia in Virginia and KSMerk12 have said Zoey is a child first and a diabetic last. Her resiliency, child’s wonder, and acceptance of what is will surprise you as time goes on.
I am sure that you and your husband’s minds are still whirling with fear and concern. To that I say rely on your whole family for strength and support. Ask your doctors and nurses all the questions you think of, there are no questions that can’t be asked. I think you will find that the person with the most strength is Zoey herself.
Now, Wyatt just started the pump 2 days ago. Age is not as much of a factor as it once was. In fact, during our training for the pump, the endocrinologist told us of a 4 month old on a pump. Strides are being made every day for an artificial pancreas. Draw strength from each other and Zoey. May God bless you and all who deal with this disease.