Keegan wasn't feeling well on Thursday (May 13th, 2010)...she was really tired, very thirsty and super cranky. I thought maybe it was allergies or the beginning of an ear infection, which she gets when she is teething. By Friday morning she was exhausted. Anyone that knows Keegan, knows she is a tornado of energy and is in constant motion unless she is sleeping. After our walk on Friday morning she came in, laid down on the floor and fell asleep. I got an appointment for her at her pediatrician within the hour. As soon as Dr. Wallace saw her and heard the symptoms she ordered a catheter of urine and a blood sugar check. And there it was, the diagnosis, TYPE 1 DIABETES. Shock of a lifetime.
We were sent immediately (after a quick run home to get formula for little six week old Gavin and pj's for Keegan) to the ER at Phoenix Children's Hospital where she was put on IV fluids. We were then transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she was monitored overnight with blood sugar checks and inulin shots. Saturday afternoon we were released to the pediatric wing of the hospital where Keegan and I stayed for three days. While we were there, Ward and I were put through extensive diabetes education and training, as while diabetes is hereditary, neither of our families have a history of it and we knew nothing about it. Keegan responded very well to the treatment and we were released from Phoenix Children's.
Type 1 Diabetes is a very serious disease that when uncontrolled, has potentially life threatening complications. Some of the possible complications include:
- Seizures, Coma, Kidney Damage, Cardiovascular Disease, Nerve Damage and Blindness
Keegan's blood sugar will be monitored several times a day followed by insulin shots for the rest of her life. She will be able to eat the same things everyone else does, she will just need to correct her blood sugar accordingly. It's a tough path for a little girl, but if anyone can handle it, it's my little tank Keegan.
You can now say you know someone with Diabetes. If you want to know more about Type 1 Diabetes, you can visit the website www.jdrf.org.
And a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful people at Phoenix Children's Hospital for the excellent care.
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Mrs. Allison Ginter
Ms. Claire L. Acitelli
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