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First post, first ER vist and first year in the world of diabetes July 30, 2009

Posted by aydensmom in Illness and diabetes.
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After thinking about doing this for a while, I am finally moving on it. There are so many reasons, but last week I had one of the scariest moments I have had since Ayden got diagnosed almost a year ago.

 This has motivated me to reach out and let all the other mothers and parents out there know that they are not alone – this is scary but we can get through it, and we can’t beat ourselves up for the small mistakes. Rather, we need to continue to learn, grow and move on in order to make sure our children continue to happy and healthy lives.

 Let me start from the beginning. Ayden (who is two and a half) has been sick for the last two weeks with a flu bug and his BG have been all over the board. We were managing his levels all right until Monday. The day started normal his BG was 6.9 and he was in decent spirits so he went into daycare.

 My mistake came when I realized he was out of Precision ketone strips, and so I packed him ketosticks to take to daycare. The wonderful ladies at his daycare had never used ketosticks before and I made the mistake of telling them to look at the wrong test area when describing how to use them. At 11 a.m. they called his BG was up to 20, but he didn’t have any ketones. And then at 2 p.m. they called again his BG was at 22, no ketones, but he was not acting right.

 Thankfully, I was having a slow day so I went to get him and take him home. However, when I got there he had spiked a fever. Kim (his daycare worker) had saved his last ketostick reading to show me, and it was reading high levels. She had been looking at the BG reading on it and thought his ketones were negative. At this point, I grabbed his insulin and gave him a shot, and started to take him to the hospital to get checked out.

 When we pulled into the parking lot he threw up all over. It was at this point that I really started to panic. He was lethargic and white as a ghost. I was scared. Even as I remember it now tears come to my eyes. I carried him in to the hospital and was gratefully pushed ahead of all the other waiting patients and received immediate attention.

 It all turned out all right. All his tests came back normal, and he perked up after getting an IV to flush him out.

 It is three days later though, and I’m still mad at myself for the little mistakes I made. I know that in the end it is how it turned out, and he is fine and getting back to himself. But it is too bad that us mothers and fathers are human and will make mistakes. I’m just trying to keep in mind that I will never make that mistake again, so I’m one step further in my learning experience.