Will you join me in our fight to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D)? It's been 15 years since Meredith was diagnosed with T1D! Can you believe that? 15 years! So, let's see.....an average of 3 finger pricks a day x 365 days x 15 years = 16,425 times Meredith has poked her fingers (and that's an minimum number of sticks per day). Can YOU imagine having to jab a needle in a finger every day at least three times? I didn't think so. I'm surprised Meredith has any feeling left in those appendages (not caused by the finger pricks, but one complication from diabetes is neuropathy, which can lead to amputation). Besides poking your finger, you also have to remember to count the carbohydrates you eat and give yourself insulin based on the amount. Oh, and don't forget, before you go to bed give yourself your long acting insulin....no accidentally falling asleep before this is done or you could wake up with a “HI” blood sugar, or you could go into DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication resulting from a shortage of insulin; where the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies which without treatment can lead to death!)
Being spontaneous is not a privilege that Meredith has. There's no deciding after you've been out on Friday night that you're going to just "spend the night;" you don't have your long acting insulin (can't carry a vial of insulin around with you...if it broke, it would cost you about $200!). You might say that she could use an insulin pump; they're attached all the time so the insulin is available. But what happens if your site goes bad (the cannula that goes in your subcutaneous fat layer and is connected to the tubing that delivers insulin)? Or it's time to change the reservoir (the vial that holds the insulin)? Or the pump malfunctions? You have to act like a Boy Scout - always be prepared!
You know, this is not my disease and I don't have to worry about the complications, but I do. I am always worried that Meredith is not checking her blood sugar, or giving herself insulin. Did she remember to give herself the long-acting insulin she takes at night? She’s young and doesn’t think about the long-term effects this disease is taking on her heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerve endings.
I’m blessed to work for JDRF because I can see the work that is being done to not only find a cure, but to keep everyone with T1D healthy until that cure is found. But it is unreal how much money it takes for research; so that's why year after year I ask for your help. Every dollar counts.
So, will you please help me again by making a tax-deductible donation. You can donate online or by sending a check made out to JDRF. If you'll put "Duke Family" in the memo line, you can send it to the office at 11324 Arcade Dr., Suite 16, Little Rock, AR 72212.
Thank you for taking time to support our family!
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Mrs. Amy G Price
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