Bailey was diagnosed on February 9, 1999, two weeks after her second birthday. For several weeks before that she had been excessively thirsty, wetting the bed every night (and even during her naps), and so very tired (very unusual for her). We went to the doctor because I knew something was wrong with just besides a virus. My best friend, Clare, was diagnosed when she was 8-yrs old. I remember asking her (long before I had Bailey) how her parents knew she had diabetes. Everything she had told me started clicking and I realized that Bailey had the same exact symptoms. Unfortunately, our regular pediatrician was off that day so we had to see another one. He told me that Bailey was just getting older and bigger and was naturally going to drink and use the restroom more. I insisted he run a test on her, that if it were not diabetes it had to be something else just as serious.
Needless to say, she did have Type 1 diabetes. He called me at work the next day and said we needed to go to the university medical center pediatric emergency room in our hometown (great medical staff). Every test possible was run and she was giving an IV. Her blood glucose level was 440. For the next three days we learned so much and were overwhelmed by all the information. I thank the Lord above for all the family support we had. If it wasn't for them I don't know what we would have done.
For the past 9 months, Bailey has adjusted well to the treatments. She takes two insulin shots and has her levels check at least four times a day. Right now, I'm looking into an insulin pump. But that will probably be very researched and well thought out decision.
Bailey is still a normal 2 year old. We just had our first Halloween with diabetes and she did extremely well. She was never a candy eater so we didn't have to change much. She stays with her grandmother during the day and that helps out a lot. Next year she will attend 3 year old preschool at a local church and we are really looking forward to that (she doesn't get much interaction with other children).
Bailey is my little angel and I don't know what I would do without her. Diabetes has been a toll on all of us but we are managing and sticking together. I made a promise to Bailey and myself that I would do what ever possible to make her life normal with diabetes.
Bailey and her mother Elizabeth receive email at ByramGrad94@aol.com.
Published November 7, 1999
Updated May 2, 2001
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