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My son Tristan is a very active and free spirited young man. He is off and running from the time he wakes until he simply falls down to sleep. He plays basketball, baseball and soccer. He loves riding his bike and jumping on the trampoline.

We didn't really notice a drastic change in him at first -- he just started always wanting more food and seemed to never get enough to drink but wasn't gaining any weight. He is very small built. He was also beginning to get very cranky which wasn't like him and then he wet the bed. I called the doctor's office for an appointment and when they asked me what was wrong, I just said, "I don't know but something is, so let's just call it a physical for now." We have moved and did not have a doctor yet so we had to wait a few days to get in. Two days before his appointment he began throwing up, but there was a flu bug going around so we assumed that was it. At first we thought the hunger/thirst was just a growth spurt but the attitude change really sent up a flag with us.

At the doctor's office, I described what had been happening so the doctor checked his blood it was too high for the meter so he sent us across the street to the hospital lab for another test. When we got back to the doctor's office he hugged me and said that Tristan will need to be sent to a hospital in another town. He said he believed Tristan had diabetes and needed immediate attention, he said not to stop anywhere, go straight to the hospital and they would take him immediately back to a room.

When we arrived they again took his blood and put him on IV's. At this time we knew he was sick but he was acting fine so the degree didn't hit us until the next day. Everyone kept saying they couldn't believe he walked into the hospital and was playing in his room. The pediatrician came in the next day and explained the levels and what happens as the level rises. Then she explained why everyone was so shocked over Tristan and why we were extremely lucky. You see September 24, 2004 Tristan's blood sugar was 1,000. They had to put him on IV slowly bring him down, going too fast would cause his brain to swell. On the 26th we were allowed to go home Tristan's blood level was 550 but they felt he would be better at home. He now runs in the high 100's and 200's. We have a lot of lows at first, which were scary but they say we are looking better now. Tristan takes Lantus at night and NovoLog before each meal. He does very good with it and in such a short time is a very knowledgeable young man.

The school has been great here working with us. Tristan is the only diabetic in his school.

I would love to hear from anyone with food/snack suggestions or just wanting to talk.

stinkypete AT

January 27, 2005


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