Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
On May 29, 2013, our lives were changed forever. We had just gotten back from Dubai; Bill had won a work trip that took us there for the week. Cody had been a little off since about November, but they were subtle personality changes. My child that had been the sweetest, most adaptable child was showing signs of emotional unrest. Natalie our beloved babysitter was with the kids for the week while we were in Dubai. She noticed major changes in Cody that week. He was going to the bathroom every five minutes and wetting the bed 5-6 times a night. He was also very emotional and hitting, something he was not doing before. When we got home, we immediately knew something was not right. The final straw was Friday, May 24th while at our friends’ house, Cody was BEGGING for more and more to drink. He could not get enough liquid in his body. When we refused more drinks, because he was now wetting the bed 7-8 times a night, he got violent. I told Bill there had to be a reason that he acted that way, he NEEDS the drinks for some reason. Of course I googled all the symptoms and diabetes came up as the major offender, but I thought "No, I don't think that could be it". It was Memorial Day weekend and the doctor's office was closed on Monday. Cody continued to decline over the weekend. On Tuesday I finally got to call the doctor. Nurse Becky said "It sounds serious, I think you should see the doctor tomorrow". I made the appointment for Wednesday at 1:45pm. I prayed and prayed that he would be ok until then, but nothing told me to go to the ER. During some of the times he seemed happy and healthy.
On Wednesday I took Addison and Cody to the doctor. While it only takes 10 minutes from my house, we had to stop to let Cody use the bathroom along the way. When we got in the office they asked Cody to urinate on a stick. I said sure, as my child could now use the restroom at any time. They took us in the office and Dr. Pruitt came in. He took all our symptoms down and I remember him shaking his head. Nurse Becky came in and I didn't know it at the time but she took Cody's blood sugar number, the first of MILLIONS of pricks yet to come. The number read “HIGH”, I wasn't sure what that meant, I just held my crying child whose finger was hurting from the small prick. It seemed like forever for the doctor to come back in. I found out later he was calling the hospital to make arrangements for us. He came back in and sat down -- I've never had a doctor sit down before. He said "I don't know how to tell you this so I am just going to say it, it's diabetes.” IT'S DIABETES, words I will never forget. I was crying. I wasn't sure why but just hearing that there was something wrong with my child made me cry. I didn't know what to expect or what would happen next but I knew it was serious. He told me that Dr. Nunez was the endocrinologist on call at Dell Children's and I needed to take Cody there immediately. Addy was watching Dora on my phone and Cody was still hugging me and crying about his finger, and Brayden was about to be out of school for the day. I said, "immediately??" Can I go get stuff at home? He let me know that whatever I did, needed to be done very quickly. I left there with lots of well wishes and good lucks. I called Bill and he left work and promised to meet me at the hospital. I went home and grabbed iPads for entertainment and some clothes for Cody. It took 5 minutes and then we went to get Brayden from school. I was on my way to Dell Children's within 15 minutes. Cody was miserable. He was crying and whining and complaining and just frankly not himself. He had to go to the bathroom and was so super hungry and thirsty. I called Nurse Becky - can I give him something to eat? She said not to give him any carbs. We stopped at Jack in the Box - he had to go to the bathroom so badly he couldn't hold it to get inside. He just went on a tree outside. I got him just the patty and an extra large water. He complained that it didn't have a bun, but that is what Nurse Becky said was good, so that’s what he got. We stopped to use the bathroom 3 or 4 more times along the way. When we got to the hospital, Bill was there and had gotten us checked in. They asked us to take a seat in the waiting room, but we never sat down. The nurse called us back as soon as we walked through the door. Part of me felt really lucky that I got to bypass the waiting room, but then I realized that the reason we were being helped in front of the other children was because Cody’s condition was more serious. That was a turning point for me. Once we got settled in triage, Cody got his IV and his first dose of insulin, and within minutes his demeanor began to soften. We ate dinner behind the triage curtain and then were admitted upstairs. The next three days are a blur. We spent hours in diabetes training, learning blood glucose numbers and signs of low and high blood sugar, how to give a shot and dial up a dosage. When the doctors and nurses decided we were ready to leave, I did not want to go. I was the last one to leave the room.
Since being home things are moving along great. Cody checks his number before every meal and during and after any physical activities. He can check his own number and even give his own shots. Bill and I are counting carbs and weighing and measuring. I am waking up at 2am every night to make sure he is within range. It has definitely been a process but through it all Cody has been amazing - the toughest boy I know.
Our story is very similar to all the families I have met and lucky for me I have a wonderful friend whose son has diabetes as well. She came to the hospital and helped me so much that first weekend. I don't know what I would have done without her. I love all the support and help that I have been given over these last few months and now I want to REALLY help Cody, not just by keeping his numbers in check but by raising money to find a cure. I want Cody to have a carefree childhood, one without 10 pokes and 5 insulin shots a day. I know that the money that I raise will be put towards not only a cure but also for research to help kids with T1D live a better life. Please consider giving to Cody's Club.
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