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I had a good time December 17, 2009

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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 welcoming and relaxed.
trying to capture the Jamaican sunset – we weren’t successful unfortunately

Going out for supper

Taking a crocodile tour on Black River

The only crocodile we saw

YS Falls - the best part of our tour

YS falls

Can't do this at home

The water was so refreshing!

The Appleton Rum Factory - last stop on our tour


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.

One week without worry…yeah right! December 2, 2009

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In four days I will be leaving the country for a seven-day vacation/babymoon, since I’m expecting – but, Ayden won’t be coming.

I’m hoping I can take some time to relax and sleep, but at this point I’m so worried about something going wrong while I’m gone that it’s getting harder and harder to be excited. I’m very aware of how lucky I am to be able to leave Ayden and know beyond a doubt he will be as well attended to as he would be at home – if not better, since he’s staying with his Grandparents. It’s the unknowns that come with diabetes that scare me the most, the small fluctuations that can cause turmoil and big problems. For instance, I’m think he’s going through a growth spurt right now, which means he is eating more, and it will inevitably cause his numbers to plummet. So far his numbers have been stable, but at any moment that could change.

It comes down to my biggest fear – losing control. Since I won’t be here to control anything that is the reality I must face. Ever since Ayden was diagnosed this has been a big issue with me, I have managed it by learning and continuing to learn absolutely everything I can about diabetes. But this coping mechanism is not going to help me next week.

In the end, this will be a  great excercise for me. And I’m sure Ayden will be so spoiled and loved that he won’t want to come home when we get back. However, I don’t think the sleep and relaxation I’m hoping to get will come as easily as I want. Thank goodness for modern technology which gives me the opportunity to check in on him whenever I like and see what kind of antics he’s been up to.

We’re back – and we’re training August 19, 2009

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It was an exhausting vacation but in a good way.

Ayden learned to ride his tricycle and had a fantastic time playing with his cousins. He had some sore fingers by the end of the trip though because we were testing him on average between 8 to 10 times a day and throughout the night. He consistently ran high during the day from sugar dumps due to his extra activity but he would drop significantly at night.

Hopefully we’ll see some of the fluctuations decrease when he goes on the pump.

We had our first training session last night and it was great. However, they asked Ayden to be there. Phil spent the whole night watching and entertaining him and didn’t get to participate in the course. 

My advice for anyone with a toddler going through pump training, don’t take your child to the first session. Phil and I practiced insertions on each other so we wouldn’t have to practice on Ayden and tonight I’ll be going over as much of the course as I can remember for Phil. I guess this will help me understand more in the end.

At this point, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m not sure if it’s because we just got back from vacation and didn’t have much time to relax or if it’s because I want to understand the pump inside and out before I put it on Ayden. Either way, I’m trying to be patient and remember we still have two courses to go through.

One thing I’m really looking forward to though is being able to feed Ayden when he wants something. That was the most difficult thing I saw on our vacation. Ayden would stare at his cousins when they were eating something like ice cream . He would never ask for it but you could see in his eyes how much he wanted it.  It would just about make me cry every time. I can’t wait to be able to give it to him!!!

I’ll post pictures of our vacation tomorrow.

Vacation time! August 10, 2009

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We are off to the lake today for a week of fun in the sun. Ayden is very excited, but I’m very nervous about what this will do to his levels. I’m prepared though – for once in my life. I think I have actually prepared for a month instead of a week. It doesn’t help that he’s potty training so I’ve got double the outfits – hopefully this will be enough.

I have food cut, measured and ready to serve, extra medical supplies, and researched the closest hospital. Hopefully, I’m ready for anything. I won’t be writing until we come back, but I’ll come back with lots to write about – I’m sure. Have a good week.