Our daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed October 19, 2005 with Diabetes at 13 months old. A week prior to her diagnoses we took her to the doctor because she wasn't feeling well. They treated her for a bad diaper rash and thrush. Within the same week she became very sluggish and we noticed she was very thirsty and wetting through all of her diapers. My husband and I had no idea what was wrong; we just knew that something wasn't right. That evening Sarah started vomiting and we continued to watch her through the night. Early (6 am) the next morning she was absolutely miserable so I took her to the emergency room. I remember looking at her as they started her on an IV and she kept calling for mommy. I remember saying, "Please find out what is wrong with our baby." After they ran blood work the doctor came in and told us that she had diabetes. They said her sugar was close to 900. I remember thinking, "Well I know she isn't dying" and I looked over at my husband and he was crying. We didn't know what to think because we had no idea what diabetes was all about. They couldn't care for Sarah in our hospital so she was transported to Duke.
Sarah spent 4 1/2 days in the hospital so that they could try and regulate her sugar. My husband and I went through extensive training so we knew what we had to do when we went home. I remember crying all the time and asking why us. It is something you would think wouldn't happen to you. I stayed home for six weeks so we could work on keeping her sugar regulated and also train Sarah's babysitter. We are blessed to have such a wonderful sitter that would take on such a huge responsibility. Sarah's sugar was constantly going down then up then down. Sarah has done great with all the finger pricks and shots. She can count to three now because we would always count as we gave her the shot. After researching and talking with people we were sure we wanted Sarah to go on an insulin pump. We felt this would give her the best control along with more freedom and flexibility. After speaking with our Diabetes Educator we met with representatives from the pump companies, chose the one we wanted, and had it here before Christmas. Sarah has been on the pump for a month now and it has made the biggest difference in her blood sugar control.
Sarah is doing great and is wide open like any other 18 month old.
I want to thank all of our family and friends that were there for Sarah and our family while we went through this ordeal. We will continue to help and give support in anyway we can so that they find a cure for all the children that are affected by diabetes.
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Published February 26, 2006
Last Updated: Sunday February 26, 2006 14:42:50
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