Welcome to JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes for Riley's Rascals Team Page!
I remember the day so clear three years ago when the doctor told us our little girl was very sick. Riley was only 21 months old and had been up all night throwing up, which at the time we thought was the flu. It was the day after Mother's day and Matt had stayed home from work because we both had been up all night with a sick baby. I remember him saying "I think Riley is breathing funny" and me being sleep deprived being like "OK, I will call the pediatrician, but they will probably just say she has a virus and send us home." I called and got an afternoon appointment that day and we waited forever to see a doctor we had never seen before, which I was also upset about. Not knowing that this was Gods plan because this pediatrician was the only one in the group that knew about Type 1 diabetes because her daughter too was a Type 1. We finally got called back to see her and she smelled Riley's breath and asked had we noticed the fruity smell? At this point, I was furious thinking "of course not lady she has been throwing up all night." She had the nurse prick Riley's finger and the machine would not read a number because her blood sugar was so high. The nurse looked at the doctor and there was this silence in the room and I just knew right then that I was missing something. The doctor looked at Matt and me and said I know you have an older child and I am going to need you to make arrangements for him for a while because Riley is very sick and she needs to go to the Children's hospital right now. I looked at Matt and I could hardly breath. I began to think what have I done, how could have I missed this, what am I going to do? The pediatrician said we could drive her and she would call the hospital and tell them we were on our way with her. We got into our car and started to drive and by this point Riley was very sleepy and kept going in and out. Matt kept looking back and touching her saying"Wake up baby, we are almost there." She was was going into the diabetic coma because she was D.K.A. (which we later learned is diabetic ketoacidosis). We both cried the whole way there, not knowing what was to become. I prayed asking God to please let her live and be alright! I would do anything, whatever he wanted, but don't take Riley!
We arrived at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and they were waiting on us. They took us in and started us on the long journey of the every day "new" life for Riley. We stayed there that week while they got Riley's blood sugar under control with around the clock finger pricks and six shots a day. Matt and I learned how to take care of our baby and what our "new" life would be. That would mean 12 finger pricks and six shots a day for an almost two year old! Most people dread taking their kids once a year for shots and I was about to do this every day for the rest of her life!!!
Riley is now a thriving five year old who just started kindergarten, who I am happy to say is doing great with her diabetes! She is now on an insulin pump, so instead of six shots a day, it's one injection of the tubing on the pump every three days. That is huge! It is still very painful to put the pump in, but she can not live with out insulin. So, that is why it is so very important to raise as much money as we can to help find a cure so one day my little girl can live pain free, no shots, no finger pricks, no insulin pump, and no more Type 1 diabetes!
We are asking for you, our family and friends to help Riley fight this horrible disease called Type 1 diabetes with the upcoming JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. You can make a donation on this page or give one directly to us or better yet sign-up and walk with us! The walk is Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Come out and show your support and walk with Riley and her Rascals so that Riley can one day say " I used to have diabetes!" Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? All we need you to do is click on the "Join this Team" button or make a donation, and begin fundraising. It's simple, fast, and fun! Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day! Love, Matt, Brandy, Payton and Miss Riley!
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Mrs. Brandy E Worthington
Mrs. Charlotte Richards