Hello. My name is Carole Turner. My daughter Evangeline is 2 years old and has diabetes.
After her second birthday she started acting real cranky and sleepy at very odd times. She started losing weight and drinking a lot of water. Sometimes she would throw up and she would fill up at least three diapers a night. She also had a terriable yeast rash on her bottom. We took her to the doctor but they said she was just growing and thirsty because of the summer heat. They gave us medicine for her rash, but it didn't get better so a week later I took her back again, told them how much she was urinating and asked again about the weight loss. The Doctor said it wasn't anything to worry about and he gave her different medicine for her rash and sent us home.
The next week she really started to look sick. She had lost so much weight that the skin in the creases of her knee pit, underarm and elbow, was real wrinkly and lose. She was filling up two diapers an hour and her skin would sink in between her ribs when she breathed. I took her back to the doctor and he said she had phenmonia, gave her an antibiotic shot and sent us home again. That day she hardly woke up at all, and her breathing was much worse, the next morning she was not really waking up and I took her back again and then he said he thought she may have diabetes and that we should take her to the hospital and admit her! I was shocked and lost because I had no idea what diabetes was.
She was imediatley put into Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) because she was in severe diabetic Keto Acidosis. She stayed in PICU for the days and after a week at the hospital we went home. It has been very hard this last year learning to live with diabetes. Evangeline has done great though. She can check her own finger, she tells everyone that her bracelet says "diabetes," she tells us when she is low and she doesn't like the shots but she doesn't fight them. We tell everyone we know as much as we can about diabetes so that if they or their child starts showing symptoms as Evangeline did, they will recognize them and start treating it immediatley.
Our greatest hope is that everyone will one day understand this disease and how it effects the lives of the people who have it and there families. We were ignorant of what diabetes was before it came into our lives. Most people don't understand what diabetes is and that insulin is not a cure.
Please do what you can to educate those around you about diabetes.
Dean, Carole and Evangeline
Published June 27, 1999
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