Emily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on September 12, 2004 at the age of 16 months. Emmy had all the classic symptoms, however, having a healthy toddler and no diabetes in the family, it was the last thing we were thinking. We took Emmy to a clinic four days before diagnosis and they sent us home with an antibiotic for a slight ear infection. I knew something was going on, but after 4 days of the antibiotic, she was getting worse. She was so lethargic, and soaking her diapers left and right, guzzling water, and sleeping most of the time. So we went back to the same clinic, and they suggested diabetes, and that we go to the nearest hospital.
The clinic doctor spoke with the ER doctor before we had even arrived. After getting a urine sample, and starting an IV after a blood test we found out her bloog sugar was 1100. An ambulance was sent from Detroit's Children's Hospital to transfer us immediately.
My husband and I were in a daze. I had dinner in the oven and we had my Grandma just stay with our other daughter for a little bit, and here we are in an ambulance being told our daughter had diabetes!
Needless to say, 2 1/2 years later, we are surviving! Emmy started her pump before she turned 2, and we have had great support from family and friends. We have met so many new people because of this disease, and continue to do so.
Emily is in preschool and loves to play with all her friends. She dances ballet, tap and jazz, and loves to swim, and do gymnastics.
We help mentor "newly diagnosed" parents, and are active in the diabetes community.
Feel free to email us!
Steven and Corrie
lexandemmysmom AT yahoo.com.
Published May 5, 2007
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