Emma is our precious, beautiful baby girl. She was diagnosed with diabetes on June 16th 2005; she was only nine-months-old. She had been drinking more water than usual, wanting more bottles and was very irritable and clingy. She was up all night crying the night before I decided to take her in to her Pediatrician, and I knew that something was wrong. When we saw the doctor Emma seemed almost normal, smiling and laughing. He did a thorough exam and could find nothing physically wrong with her, but I wasn't satisfied. I asked if we could check her glucose, just in case. He sent us to the lab, (mostly to ease my mind), and then home. She fell into a deep sleep on the way home and when I moved her from the car to her nursery she never stirred and was soaked with sweat.
We had been home for about 45 minutes when the phone rang. The nurse was very calm as she told me to wake Emma and head to the hospital. "Her glucose is elevated,", she said. "How high?", I asked, my heart pounding. "699." I almost dropped the phone. The ten miles to the hospital felt like a hundred and ten.
The hospital was a whirlwind of nurses, doctors, interns and luckily lots of family and friends. Emma's labs showed that she would've been in DKA within hours, but luckily, we were able to prevent it. I'm so glad I pushed our pediatrician for those labs.
We spent six days in the hospital trying to stabilize her, and have been home for over a month now. We have had many ups and downs, but life gets a little easier with each passing day. It is difficult to regulate an infant because you never know what they will eat and they can't tell you how they feel. So we check her glucose often, watch her closely and hope for the best. She started on Lantus recently and we are hoping to have better control with it, (although I hate that she gets so many shots). She's a little trooper and has taken it all very well, probably better than me most days!
We would love to hear from other parents with young children that are facing this disease, and are happy to share what we have learned so far with those that are newly diagnosed.
Please email us!
Nick and Amy
nabholmes1 AT cox.net.
Emma at the hospital
Emma wearing her new medical id bracelet
Published July 28, 2005
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