This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 6th @ 9am.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. Children with this disease have to monitor their blood sugar by poking their fingers 4-8 times a day. They then have to receive shots of insulin 4-8 times a day. This disease does not go away and they cannot grow out of it. It means their pancrease no longer functions as it should. They will have to live with Type 1 Diabetes for the rest of their lives, unless a cure is found.
February 2011 our daughter Rain was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. While she has remined fairly healthy we did get to experience the scariest day of our lives to date.
March 2nd, 2011 I went into Rain's bedroom to wake her for a doctor's appointment and then school. Neither happened. I woke her up and she was hard to wake, She whined I don't wanna get up mommy.. She fought me for a minute and then all of a sudden she fell limp, her eyes fixed. I thought she was being melodramatic and scolded her, Quit fooling around, you gotta get up and get dressed you have a doctors appointment. But she wasn't fooling.
I started shouting at her, Rain, Rain, talk to me! Woke my husband up with my shouting. He stumbled into the room. I told him go down stairs and get her glucometer and something to eat (She was not going to eat anything, but my mind was racing..) He went down stairs and she started having a seizure. I was terrified!
I scooped her up and carried her downstairs found some glucose gel and started squeezing it into her mouth, little by little(again not the smartest thing.. ) Found the glucometer on the table, checked her blood sugar it was at about 80 (and this was after she had had about half the glucose gel)Chris was calling 911, they were sending an ambulance. Rain was jerking and foaming at the mouth, I was still trying to get the glucose gel into her.
In no time the ambulance was at our house. Rain was on the floor starting to settleing down. Vitals were done. Oxygen was administered and we were off to the hospital. From the ride to the hospital(about 8am) till about noon Rain had spells where she would wake up crying and and yelling, it broke my heart. What was this momma to do? I stayed with her, held her hand, kissed her forehead.. her dad and brother got to the hospital, my parents, and Chris' mom and aunt. Finally around 2pm she was coming around, asking for something to drink, eat. She was finally coming out of the woods.
We spent 4 days at the hopsital. She learned how to take her shots there with grace. We learned how to live a whole new way of life.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure. I am walking this walk to earn money for the Juvanile Diabetes foundation, in the hopes that one day no parent will ever have to go through that again. That no child has to go through that again. Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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Mrs. Ruby J Justis
Susan J. Gustavson