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It was not a stomach virus causing youngest daughter’s right side pain that led us to the emergency room (ER) on Monday afternoon, it was diabetic ketoacidosis . Her blood sugars were at 757 (should be between 80 and 150). One of the nurses told me that she would have died or had serious complications if I’d not taken her to the ER when I did.

She was transported (by ambulance, which she is still bragging about to brother & sister) to Children’s Hospital and was in ICU while her blood sugars were slowly brought down & her pH balance was brought back up. Blood tests confirmed that DD has Type 1 Diabetes (juvenile onset). Her pancreas no longer produces insulin, so it must be injected – at least 4 times each day – more if she eats more than three meals.

After 24 hours in ICU, she was (we were) in the hospital. We had loads of diabetic education – learning to monitor blood sugar, count carbs, the proper ratios of insulin to carbs, how to do injections & finger sticks properly, etc. After I showed the nursing staff & diabetes team that I could manage DD’s injections, we were discharged (last night around 8:30pm) and now we’re at home.

DD is a trooper. I’m so proud of her. I’m so thankful that we didn’t lose her.

10 Responses

  1. I am so thankful to know that she is okay now. Did they think she is too young for an insulin pump?

  2. Thanks, Joe. 🙂

    We have to do regular injections for 4-6 months before getting a pump – in case the pump fails & we need to know how to do injections the “old fashioned” way.

  3. I’m so glad you thought to take her to the ER. I sit and think about all the times son had the flu when I just figured he had the flu and that was it…

  4. That makes sense to me about needing to have experience with doing things the old fashioned way. You know, I used to sell the testing machines and stips and had to teach the customers how to use the machines when I sold them…usually the insurance covered the cost minus a co-pay. But I had to watch them stick themselves and use the machine correctly once before they were allowed to leave our store.

  5. I’m glad she’s okay.

    My husband passed out once, shortly after his heart attack. He was taken by ambulance to MRMC where we found out it was deathly low potassium (sp?) levels.

    We do have some good hospitals around central OK.

  6. I’m glad to read that things have turned out OK. My father has been diabetic since he was 9, and he still does the injections. He’d be more than happy to tell you that treatment options are much better now than when he was growing up, so I’m sure you are in good hands!

  7. […] my youngest child was diagnosed with type I diabetes at age 10 (she is now 11) in December 2006, she was in diabetic ketoacidosis.  Her body had […]

  8. Have you had a chance to look at any of the good books about dealing with diabetes? I like Gary Scheiners book “Think Like a Pancreas”, funny and informative.

    Have you found TuDiabetes.com? It’s a great site for connecting with others for support and learning.

    Drop me a line if you need any pointers for info.

  9. […] you’ve read about when J. was diagnosed with type I diabetes, you know that she had all of these symptoms.  I thought she had a stomach […]

  10. […] After a day or so  in ICU and then in the hospital,  and loads of diabetes education, she was able to leave the hospital and begin the rest of her life managing and succeeding in spite of a  disease instead of letting a […]

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