Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 15, 2003
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question from Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA:
My three year old son had 4+ sugar in his urine, and the finger prick blood sugar was 185 mg/dl [10.3 mmol/L]. I was told yesterday that he has diabetes, and our regular doctor is not comfortable treating diabetes in such a young child. The pediatricians in this area will not see him until after he is evaluated by an endocrinologist which could take up to six weeks. I know nothing about diabetes and was given only a diet sheet. Can diabetes suddenly show up like this, with no warning? How will I know his blood sugar levels from now until he gets in to see the endocrinologist? Is he in danger?
Your son needs to be seen by a physician who is comfortable treating diabetes quickly. I would suggest reviewing this with your physician who should be able to arrange for a more timely evaluation. Your son can be in critical danger quickly without adequate treatment.
[Editor’s comment: There’s the possibility of a complication called DKA [diabetic ketoacidosis] that is life-threatening, and hence the rush to have your son seen urgently.
Note: If he has vomiting or nausea and can’t take fluids for any reason, it’s a medical emergency and he should be taken to an emergency room for IV fluids at any time of the day or night!