On Friday, the 22nd Owen had a doctors appointment for his 18 months check. The past couple weeks he has been extremely thirsty and urinating constantly. So I figured I would ask just to be sure it was nothing, well come to find out that is a sign of a diabetic. They tested his blood sugar and it should be around 100-200, his was at 587. So the doctor came back and started to apologize, and said that she is confident that he has Type 1 Diabetes. It was a total shock, go for a well child check that is not so well. I think I was in a bit of shock since I could say was "uh-huh" over and over to her. The doctor said I needed to go home pack a bag and head to Primary's with in the hour. So I did just that, called Jon and someone to take the kids and headed to the hospital for a long weekend.
While at the hospital we were cramming our brains to learn all we would need to know to care for Owen. And he was getting his insulin to level out his blood sugar, and trying to figure out how much and how often he would need it. It was crazy how much info there was. But I went in not knowing really anything about it, to coming home with a great knowledge of what this disease contains.
Type 1 Diabetes is nothing what I thought it was. He did not get it because he ate to much sugar or because he did not eat healthy, his body was bound to get it no matter what. We can't even say that it was genetic cause we don't know of anyone in the family who has had it. It can be passed genetically, or environmentally. But there is no way to prevent Type 1 Diabetes. With type 1 his body is not providing the insulin any more. He is still able to eat anything he wants, we just need to account for everything he eats. We have to count every carb so we know how much insulin to give him. He will always need insulin and therefore we should not take any of his carbs away. The doctor said to never use the excuse that he can't do something because he is diabetic, he is still living a normal life, he just needs to know what he eats and how many carbs. And since carbs are brain building we don't want to take them away. It was such a relief to know that he is not restricted to a diet. He will have shots 3-4 times a day and will have his blood sugar checked 4 times a day. I thought it would be so much harder then it has been, but he has been such a trooper and not even crying at the shots that it has made it so much easier. He has been so strong and has made me feel much better about the situation. I was in shock at first and crying over it and very stressed, but thankfully he is doing great and teaching me that this trial in our lives is one we can overcome. He is so happy now and back to my little boy.
So we had a crazy weekend and Owen did not just get diabetes the whole family did and as a family we are working together to manage it. If there are any questions please feel free to ask, it helps us to learn and remember more the more we talk about it.
Thanks to all that have called and helped.