Bobbi - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
I am a SAHM to 4 children. 3 boys and 1 girl.I also have another daughter that is going to school in Ft myers, FL. My middle son,John was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on May 29.2008. He has been on the Animas Ping pump since April 21, 2009. I also have breast cancer and I will never forget the day that my baby was diagnosed. It was the last day of my chemo treatments and he came home from school (he was in early prek because he has a speech impairment) saying he didn't feel good.The last couple days he was drinking alot and using the potty and he wet the bed the night before and it had been a long time since he had done this. It never occured to me that he would have diabetes. He had been to his pediatrician just a few days earlier for an ear infection. He was put on an antibiotic that he hadn't taken before. My first thought was an allergic reaction to the medicine. Then I was thinking maybe his lunch didn't agree with him or he fell or someone hit him while playing. I ran through my mind anything that I could think of. He was sleeping on and off for about 2 hours and then started to get a low grade fever. His stomach became harder than a rock. I got very scared and was thinking maybe apendisities (sorry don't know how to spell that). I rushed him to the ER and they did a BG check and it wouldn't even register on the meter. They did some other blood work and came back and told me my son had Type 1 diabetes. I was in shock and couldn't believe it. They said his BG was 870. They took him to ALL Childrens in ST. Pete and he stayed there over night. They had told me that we were lucky that if we had waited til the next day he would most likely be in a coma or worse. I still am trying to decide how they think we are lucky. I feel we are blessed that he wasn't worse. The next day they told us that we would have to give our son multiple injections and monitor his BG all the time. We would have to count carbs and learn how much insulin to give him. They gave us a book called the Pink Panther book and showed us how to give injections and sent us home. We have learned that our son is insulin sensative. It took me a while to convince my husband that the pump would be the best thing for John because we could have better control. John finally got his pump on April 21, 2009. To this day we are still trying to adjust it all and then when we get to where we should be he goes thru a growth spurt and then we start all over again. Or he gets sick and then everything is all messed up. I am learning something new everyday and everyday there is something new. I feel so bad for my son when I look at all the little poke marks on his fingers from all the testing he has to do. I decided a while back that when he ask for something to eat and it is not very good for his BG that he should have it and I will deal with the numbers as they come. Tears come to me when he says "I don't like diabetes"