Welcome to my Walk to Cure page! Thank you for visiting and reading my baby boy's story!
Connor was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on July 5, 2012 at just shy of 16months old, after being taken to the emergency room. He had been acting off for a month or two and things were getting progressively worse. He started with being very clingy sometimes and starting to drink more but with the summer starting, we didn't think much of it then. Soon he was wetting through at least two diapers a night and drinking over 70oz of milk and water a day. I started being concerned right before we were heading out of town to visit his grandparents. While visiting, Connor got worse. He went back to napping twice a day and still slept 12-13hrs every night. He didn't want to play much and he just cuddled with mommy most of the time. I started getting a bad feeling and on July 4, Connor stopped eating. So I used my dads meter to check his blood sugar, which read "HI." So first thing the next morning, after he woke with a blood sugar of 281, it was off to the ER went. His blood sugar was in normal range when we got there, but the Dr came in to tell us that Connor was in DKA, did in fact have diabetes and was being admitted for 2-3days. And our lives haven't been the same since.
Connor now gets his blood sugar checked 8-10 times a day on most days. He averages 6 shots a day and rarely does he complain or cry over it. He is the happiest and silliest little boy I know despite what he has to go through every single day and he is my hero. We do our best to take care of him, but he still experiences plenty of highs and lows, it is the nature of the beast that is type 1 diabetes. There is no easy way to mange it, as it is affected by so many variables we have no control over. For every meal, we check his sugar, count his carbs, figure out of if he needs extra insulin if his blood sugar was high, decide if he has been more active than normal or less active, factor in the weather and when his long lasting insulin will "peak" to decide how much insulin he needs. It is a never ending process. And one he will have to learn to do himself someday. But until then we will continue to do everything we have to do to keep him healthy. Including middle of the night blood sugar checks where we tiptoe into his room like ninjas and poke his finger and hope he doesn't have to be woken up to eat or drink.
He has come a long way since diagnosis. He's recently started bringing us his meter if he's feeling low sometimes. He also likes to push the button to prick his finger and help get the blood on the test strip. He amazes us often with how well he handles all of the needles.
Thank you for reading Connor's story and donating or joining our team to help find Connor a cure! I know one day when he is older, it will mean the world to him that you are helping cure this disease.
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