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You Have Type One Diabetes, A Moms View

We are every day people living a life with type one diabetes.If we have gone through it I am sure others have or will at some point as well.

A whole lot to learn about Diabetes- Moms view

It is Friday, we have a full, exciting weekend ahead. Christmas tree picking with snacks and hot chocolate. Christmas lights! Time to get into the holiday spirit. Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and now to start the Christmas celebrations.

Or so we thought.

Its Friday- Leave school early, hit the doctors for a check up and then the WEEKEND YEYY!!

Haha jokes on us. Change in plans.

The Doctor comes out and says, you are going to need to go to the ER, "they know you are on your way" oh and "plan to stay a few days" they need to run some more in tests.

Wait what? What is going on? Why? How?

Something about glucose in the urine and traces of keytones.

Madelynn seems fine, it can't be that bad I mean she told us go home and pack and get there, sooner would be better but does not have to be RIGHT THIS MINUTE. So being in denial we go home and pack and figure out where the other children will go, assume we will be only a few hours, they are just going to run a few tests and that can't take too long, right?

At the ER: Due to COVID only one parent will be aloud in. UGHHH.

3 Days in the ER, Doctors and nurses and finger pricks and information, followed by more information and even more information. 2 days full of classes, more doctors, more nurses, meeting with the nutritionist, tons of learning- what is diabetes,? How does the body work for someone with type one diabetes? What should you eat? What should you avoid? What do you do if you eat this,? What do you do if you eat that? Carbohydrates ratios- Bolus and basal and day time and night time. One for breakfast 1:12, one for lunch 1:15, one for dinner 1:18, and you got it, another one for snacks. Of course not one of them are the same. Basal rates = 12 units. Long acting insulin, short acting insulin. Side effects of high blood sugar, side effects of low blood sugar. Normal rang 80-100 such a small window. This does this and this does that and, and, and.

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There was so much information to have to learn and process and know, talk about overwhelming. Thankfully for the classes my husband was able to be with us, any questions I had later I could run by him, any possible scenario I could think of we would talk about and have conversations about and if we could not figure it out or where unsure if we where correct we asked a nurse or doctor. Better to know and learn now then have to be unprepared later. I am all for better to have it and not need it vs need it and not have it.

And what happens if this condition is not taken care of? Ultimately the risk is death.

Too much insulin is bad, not enough insulin is bad.

If that was not bad enough, there are things way beyond control, hormones, temperatures, stress. Variables that you have to take into account but all you can do is guess.

Everyday, many times a day, I make medical choices and decisions that could kill my daughter. Nothing like having the weight of the world on your shoulders.


This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Madelynn

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