On April 3, 2012, our lives changed forever when our doctor told us, "Tre has diabetes." The next 5 days were spent at St. Mary's hospital in Rochester, MN learning how to take care of our son. I'm not sure what was harder, being admitted to the hospital or being discharged from the hospital. It was like taking a newborn home for the first time, only nobody else knows how to take care of your baby either. We were released the day before Easter. We rushed to change all the Easter baskets and replace the candy with perfectly portioned goldfish crackers and teddy grams. In fact, the jelly beans that we use as "Bunny Poop" are still in our cupboards from that year. We still use it as bunny poop, but don't put it in their baskets anymore.
The first year was a hard one for us. From Thanksgiving 2012 - New Years Day 2013, Tre had the flu 5 times and was in the ER twice for the flu. We have learned a lot of tricks on how to care for him when he has the flu and we were even able to keep him out of the ER when he had the flu for 5 days.
Since being diagnosed, we have come a long way. We have done a lot of research and made the decision to switch doctors to better suit Tre's needs. We have changed insulin along the way and eventually switched Tre to an insulin pump. With an insulin pump we now have more freedom. We adjust Tre's insulin based on his carb consumption instead of basing his carbs on his insulin. This is especially helpful when he's not feeling well and doesn't want to eat very much.
Tre has also come a long way with his diabetes. He understands that having diabetes means that his body doesn't make insulin and that he gets his insulin from his pump. When he was first diagnosed he was pretty convinced that he got diabetes because he didn't wash his hands after using the bathroom one time. Now he understands that he didn't do anything to get diabetes, sometimes it just happens. We have tried to explain that it's an autoimmune disease and that the army in his body is confused and it's fighting some of the good guys. He's still pretty confused how the army got in there in the first place, but he's getting it. He understands which foods have carbs in it and which ones don't. He understands when he's high he needs to exercise and he is now recognizing his lows. When he's low he tells us he feels shaky and he tests his blood sugar right away. He is also very good at running his pump. He knows how to give himself insulin, suspend his pump, and lock the keypad. He isn't allowed to do any of this on his own yet because if he gave himself the wrong amount of insulin it could kill him, so he's very good about showing us after every button he pushes.
So far Tre's Ninjas has raised over $7000 for Diabetes research and we won't stop until there is a cure! Please help us by donating to JDRF so some day Tre and other kids like can live free of injections and finger pokes and carb counting. This is a terrible disease for anyone to go through, especially those that are so young.
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