Welcome to Team Emmy Rae!
The reason that JDRF will get my support is because of the little life I created, Emmy Rae! I will be walking because at 10 months old, my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
One does not think that they will ever have a child with a chronic disease. Though it is tough, Emmy has been tougher.
A day before she was diagnosed, she was vomiting every 2 hours, had a significant amount of weight loss and it became hard for her to breathe. I brought her to her pediatrician and he prescribed her an antibiotic for a stomach flu and a nebulizer for her breathing. As night fell I noticed her condition was worsening. She was not responsive, extremely lethargic and her eyes began to roll back. At this point I rushed her to the emergency room. The nurse at admissions was very alarmed at my fright and the condition of my daughter. He brought me back immediately. Another nurse came in and scented a sweet smell that she was releasing and told me that she was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). I asked her what that was. She looked at me and told me my daughter has diabetes.
After a horrid time in that ER, we were rushed to Nemours Children's Hospital, where we stayed for 4 days. The endocrinologist informed me that if I did not react when I did, Emmy would be dead. We were educated on T1D and began our new life once discharged.
6 months later living with a baby who has type 1 diabetes is a constant struggle and there are no days off. We prick her little fingers for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime, as well as an overnight check. Since Emmy is so young, she cannot articulate when she is feeling low or high, so if she is acting up, throwing tantrums, acting down, seems tired, I prick her. Depending upon her blood sugar levels she will get up to 5 injections of insulin a day. We have struggled with her having a seizure and having ketone's. For someone so small, it is hard to find what works for her.
I have always had faith that in Emmy's lifetime there will be a cure. Participating in this walk is the first step for me to make that difference! Help Emmy and millions of others who are living with this hectic lifestyle! Walk for the cure, donate for the babies like Emmy.
One step closer to a world without Type 1 Diabetes!
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Mr. Leon Melnyczok
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