On August 18, 2011 our sweet Jackson's life change forever. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal.
Just to survive, Jackson needs insulin. He is currently taking 4-6 shots of insulin per day. He must have his finger poked 10-12 times a day to test his blood glucose. Every carbohydrate he consumes needs to be accounted for, and determines how much insulin he will be given. Despite this, blood glucose levels are still unpredictable. So many factors affect blood glucose. Activity level, illness, stress, just to name a few. Low blood glucose levels are extremely dangerous and can lead to death. High blood glucose levels can cause long-term complications such as kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, nerve damage and amputation. It is a constant and moment to moment balancing act to maintain desirable blood glucose levels. For a parent, it is heartbreaking. Our wonderful endocrinologist, Dr Brandon Nathan and entire team from the U of M constantly remind us that no one can duplicate what the human pancreas can do. We can only do so much.
Anyone who cares for Jackson must be trained to manage his blood glucose, know how to watch for signs of low blood glucose, and give him insulin shots.
Type 1 diabetes is something Jackson will never outgrow, unless a cure is found. He will need insulin to survive for the rest of his life.
Please help us find a cure for diabetes! Join us on Febuary 23 for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at MOA. You can also make a donation online. Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated!
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