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I’m glad to be back December 15, 2009

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

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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.