Friday, November 30, 2012

D-Talk: Jameson update and other random D-stuff.

I haven't posted for a couple weeks about Jameson or the diabetes.  I always think that people really don't care that much about it - and maybe they don't!  But I know that some of my family members and close friends still want to know how the little man is doing.

He's doing really well!  His sugars are still kind of all over the place.  He'll be in a normal range at breakfast, then be either really high or really low at lunch.  He tends to run high around dinner time, so we are experimenting with extra base insulin at lunch, and reducing the carbs in his afternoon snack.  We are just playing around, doing trial  and error, and seeing what we can do to even things out.  I'm not getting up at 1 am to check him anymore, which has allowed me to get a bit more rest. :)

He's a trooper, that boy.  But also so dramatic. :)  He promptly sticks his little fingers or toes out when he sees the glucometer come out. He's definitely not scared of it.  He does, however, say - repeatedly - "owwee."  Before, during, and after the sugar check.  No really, he says it, like, ten times.  Sometimes he whines it, but he usually whispers it.  He's so funny!

He's still not a fan of the insulin injections.  While they don't "hurt," you can definitely feel them more than you can the glucometer lancets.  I've learned that he handles the injections best in his booty, but I always try to rotate injection sites so he doesn't get bruised or sore. (His tummy tends to get tiny little bruises on it.)

We are going on our first overnight trip since diagnosis tomorrow (we are staying with Matt's brother and sister-in-law).  I know we'll be fine.  Just have to make sure we stock our D-kit really well with needles, lancets, alcohol pads, all that stuff.  Tomorrow is also Hendrix and Landon's (the boys' cousin) birthday party, at which we will be jumping on big trampolines and being very active - which lowers blood sugar.  So we'll probably be checking him more often than usual, and have a bunch of sugary juices and snacks on hand - just in case.

So yeah, he's doing great.  Matt and I feel good (as good as possible) about the whole situation too.

So here are a few little things I didn't know/realize about diabetes before J's diagnosis:

It's not about eating a sugar-free diet.
I've always thought that diabetics couldn't consume sugar, or very much of it, anyway.  Turns out, Jameson is able to eat whatever he wants at meal times, as long as we compensate for it with appropriate amounts of insulin.  This should make life a little easier for those times that Hendrix wants pancakes or waffles for breakfast! :)

Low blood sugar is a really big deal. 
Diabetes is a disease of high blood sugar.  But it turns out, you really have to be on the look-out for signs and symptoms of hypoclycemia (low blood sugar).  It makes sense, really, when you think about it.  Type 1 Diabetics are on medication that lowers the blood sugar.  Any time that too much medication is administered, or too much physical activity takes place, or not enough food is consumed, the sugar can drop to dangerously low levels, and bad things can happen. 

Sickness is a really big deal.
There are special procedures and things to look out for when the Type 1 Diabetic gets sick.  Vomiting is a bad thing.  If Jameson ever vomits, due to sickness, we have a prescription called Zofran (which is prescribed to pregnant women with severe morning sickness) that targets the nausea center in the brain and stops vomiting.  It's way too easy for the diabetic to get dehydrated, and from there, bad things can happen.

Something that's been on my heart:

Diabetes Onset in Third World Countries
I've been thinking a lot about the onset of Type 1 Diabetes in third world countries.  I think about the symptoms that Jameson showed, and how he slowly got worse and worse.  What about the kids/people in the tribes of sub-saharan Africa, or the deep jungles of South America who get diabetes?  I'm sure they exhibit the same symptoms.  But they don't have a hospital 20 minutes away by car.  They don't have 911.  This is a hard pill to swallow, but I picture these children slowly getting more and more ill, and passing away, due to the lack of access to doctors and medicine, and also the lack of knowledge about the disease.  It's a very sad thought.

Looks like I just narrowed down my advocacy, huh?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Don't know how you do it... so happy things are a bit more under control!