Since I have a few minutes this morning, I wanted to say thank you for all your good thoughts, prayers, concern, comments, and get well wishes. They mean more than I can say. I also thought I’d take the moment to answer a couple questions I’ve been asked.
Is he diabetic?
He wasn’t before. He was the picture of perfect health before, nothing more than a cold, and even those were very rare. He is now. Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. His body’s insulin production has shut down, so he’s going to need daily injections from here on out. I’ve already met his endocrinologist and we’ll work on the schedule at his first appointment.
So this was sudden?
Completely sudden, at least from the outside. I think he began not feeling like himself late Sunday afternoon, but he still ate dinner and played around like normal. Monday morning, though, he wasn’t having it when I tried to get him ready for school. He looked horrible: sullen, gray, dry, exhausted. We assumed it was just a bug and he might have been getting better that night. Obviously not. All he’s talked about for 2 days are drinks, what can he drink, what he’ll drink next. Seriously, that is ALL he’s talked about.
Are you going to watch for it in your other kids?
We’ll be changing our diet pretty drastically after this and we’ll definitely keep an eye on it. I have to say, our food intake has never been the healthiest. That’s going to change. They say it’s not necessarily from poor eating habits, though, but most likely genetic or could even be caused by a virus. I guess anyone is susceptible.
How is he doing?
He was able to sleep some. When I called this morning, J told me his blood sugar was at 180 and, since he’s stabilized, they’re thinking of taking him off the IV and getting him used to shots. He’ll also be allowed to eat today, after not having anything all day yesterday and just a few bites of chicken noodle soup the day before. I’m going up for a few hours this afternoon, but it sounds like he’s doing a lot better.