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Fear.

 

“Sweetie, let me test your blood and I’ll give you a quarter. No, ok, how about two? Please just let me do this quick.”

 If you have a child with Type 1 Diabetes, you already know the dread that comes with every wet bed, thirsty moment or crankiness in your “non-D” child. This was me last Saturday morning. Our little guy woke up twice during the night with a wet bed, he had been drinking a lot the previous couple of days, and had swinging emotions in the last week. When he woke up Saturday morning the first thing he said to me was a desperate “I’m thirsty.” My heart sank.

He finally agreed to the finger prick for a price of three quarters, which he spends on the toy vending machines at our local pizza joint. This was not the first time I had tested him, so it was not a traumatic event for him, just not one of his favorite activities. I was sure his blood sugar would be high. I thought about how we would be able to handle it like we have with our little girl, but I wondered how he would handle it. Thoughts how his life would change flashed through my head as the meter calculated the blood sugar. 

One in 400 children (under 20 years) will be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A child with a sibling who has Type 1 Diabetes has a 1 in 10 chance of developing the disease by age 70.

The few seconds it took to calculate his blood sugar seemed to drag on forever. Finally the number flashed on the screen and his blood sugar was a healthy number-74. Apparently he is just a normal little boy who likes to drink water, and still needs to wear a pull up to bed a little longer.

We are probably hyper-aware of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes now, but prior to our little girl’s diagnosis, we did not know what they were. Here is a list of the most common symptoms. Hopefully you will never need this list, but if you do, this may help get your loved one the treatment they need before they become dangerously ill.

From JDRF.org

Warning signs of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly):
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.

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