I’ve known Sara since she was born. When we were kids we used to roller skate and play house; we were always able to make each other laugh. Over the years I have watched as Sara’s family grew and it has been such a joy; Sara is an amazing mom. Recently Sara’s son Logan was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes; I asked her to share her story and she generously accepted.
On Sunday April 14, 2013, we took a family trip to Destiny USA. Our two year old son Logan was acting sluggish, and really moody. He was definitely not himself. He would normally be bouncing off the wall, very hyper, always on the go, extremely happy personality. He didn’t have an appetite all day. He complained that his belly was upset. We thought that he had caught the stomach bug that was going around after he threw up for the first time that evening after we had gotten home.
He was sick with stomach bug like symptoms all day on Monday the 15th. We had been in constant contact with his doctor’s office within those first 24 hours. The doctor’s had instructed us to keep him on the BRAT diet for 24 hours and said that he should improve after that. He only got worse. That night his symptoms got worse. He was very thirsty and couldn’t keep anything down. He lost 5 lbs of his 29 lb body in those 24 hours. He looked so bony. His eyes looked all sunken in. He couldn’t stand on his own. His speech started to slur and his breathing started to labor. We knew something was very wrong so we rushed him to the ER at about 3 a.m. on the 16th.
When we got to the ER, the first thing they wanted to do was start an IV. Logan was severely dehydrated and all of his veins were collapsed so they had to try about a dozen times in various places of his body. They took chest x-rays that came back showing nothing in his chest. They took blood. The results came back that his blood sugar was over 600 and we were told that we needed to be transferred to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse due to the severity of his condition.At this point they started him on an insulin drip.
Upstate Medical had a team sent to pick up Logan and transport him. By this time, he had gotten some fluids and was finally starting to get some rest. His color was starting to come back and his breathing was returning to normal. We were able to be admitted and assigned to a room upon our arrival.
A little while later, the doctor came in and told us that Logan had Type 1 Diabetes. We spent the next two days in the Pediatric ICU learning how to care for him from the people at the Joslin Center. During our education sessions, we learned that his excessive sweating, unquenchable thirst, and frequent urination were all signs of the disease. We had simply passed them off as an active two year old that was drinking a lot, and because he was drinking a lot, he was wetting the bed. On our 3rd day, Logan’s condition had improved enough for us to be moved out of the ICU. We were released from the Hospital on the 18th.
It has been 4 months since Logan has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Some days are easier than others. He has become very good with having his blood sugar checked 6-8 times a day. Some days he struggles with having his 4 insulin injections. It has been very difficult trying to find different ways to explain to our now 3 year old that he has this disease and that we have to do these injections. His mood swings have also been very hard to handle. We hope one day that there will be a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
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