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I’m glad to be back December 15, 2009

Posted by aydensmom in Illness and diabetes, Uncategorized, Vacation.

Yes, going from +35 to -40 degrees in 12 hours was a bit of a shock to the system, but I’m so glad to be home with Ayden. The Negril Sandal’s resort is beautiful and we had a  great time. But I missed Ayden terribly and near the end of our trip he got sick and had to go to the hospital. So the last day I was a bit tortured – one, because I wasn’t there for him; and two, because I know how hard and scary it would have been on his grandparents to see him go through that.  

In the end, we all walked away with some lessons learned; which is always the positive outcome to any negative situation.

What happened? As always with a diabetic two-year-0ld the day started out normal. But at lunch time, his daycare sent him home cause he wasn’t looking well. By 3 p.m. he was throwing up, just a minor stomach bug and his levels were stable around 7, but his ketones were on the rise from dehydration.

Early the next morning his ketones had spiked to dangerous levels, so his grandparents made the decision to take him to the hospital. Like any two-year-old, Ayden doesn’t respond well to nurses and doctors holding him down and swaddling him to put an IV in. After five attempts, the nurses gave up. Currently, I’m a bit disturbed that he went through that without me.

The only other time he had an IV inserted (other than the Stollery when he was diagnosed) was when I was by myself with him in July. I never mentioned to anyone that the best way to get an IV in him is to lie down with him face down on your chest so you can be the one holding him down and calming him with your voice as the nurses work. I never thought I wouldn’t be there if he was in the hospital.

In the end, all the nurses were able to do was take some blood and give him some anti-vomiting medication.

Lessons learned? Both times Ayden was in the hospital for dehydration ketones he turned a corner after receiving anti-vomiting medication. When the next stomach bug occurs we might be able to avoid dehydration by giving him the anti-vomiting medication as soon as he throws up to enable him to drink and keep his fluids down.

Fortunately, this all happened on Friday, and we were leaving on Saturday. So needless to say, I was more than ready to get on the plane and come home to the -40 degree weather. In addition, I don’t think I’ll be leaving Ayden for a trip like that anytime in the near future. Maybe when he’s 20 or so.

Overall, when I wasn’t thinking or worrying about Ayden I had a good time and I’ll post some pictures to prove it soon.



1. I had a good time « Raising a diabetic blog - December 17, 2009

[…] Posted by aydensmom in Vacation. trackback As promised here is the proof that I had a good time despite missing Ayden. Jamaican really is a wonderful place to go. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere is very […]

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