Our son Austin was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 12 months old. For about a week he was just vomiting and lying around. This was followed by insatiable thirst and heavy urination (I was chaniging his bed sheets several times a night). After four days of this, we took him to his doctor. We explained to the doctor the lack of appetite, thirst, and the vomiting. She sent him to the hospital for bloodwork, and to be hooked up to IV. Not knowing what to expect, we waited for the results. His sugar level came back 925. The Doctor came in and told us he had a very high sugar level, we were sent to Children's Hospital where we spent a week of intense training.
The hospital staff/doctor's were all very good. But we really wish we were told how difficult it would be for the first year to manage a diabetic baby. We left the hospital thinking it will be tough but with meal planning/exercise/insulin it will be ok, but when reality sets in!
The first year was tough on us. You strive to avoid lows ang highs, and the same time drive yourself crazy! Insulin doses changed constantly, and the numbers never seemed to add up. We have a daughter Lauren "Taylor" who is under the same "food rules" as Austin.
We are now two years into diabetes, and Austin is brave and trying to be independent. We have our good days and our "not so good days," but Austin is still a trooper! It takes planning and most of all communication with the staff that will be taking care of your child throughout the day.
Austin is getting to the age where he is asking, "Why am I getting shots and my sister doesn't?" It is pretty sad, but it is life and we have to deal with it. A great book/video is "TIME TO LEARN ABOUT DIABETES."
Like all parents of chilren with diabetes, we hope there will be a cure. Until then we do the best we can to keep him safe and happy.
We would love to hear from parents who have young children to share their experiences, suggestions, and problem solving solutions.
Kim and Heath can be reached at at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published April 18, 2001
Updated June 29, 2002
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:16:40
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