Sawyer was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes on September 4, 1993. He was only 9 months old.
Diabetes technology sure has come a long way in the last 20 years. Yep, 20 years old and has had diabetes for 20 years. Amazing, right?
When Sawyer was diagnosed it took five minutes to do a blood test. Now, it only takes five seconds! When he was a baby, what I would have given for results in five seconds.
The pump! What an invention. Continuous insulin 24/7. This is an amazing device. However, it is not a cure. We have tried the continuous glucose monitor; however, it wasn't so much fun. The need that you had to use in order to insert the device under the skin is absolutely huge! It also isn't covered by insurance. The cost is $30 every 3 days. Great to use when things aren't going well and you need a record of sugar trends, but not so great to use everyday at that price.
Sawyer has a recent scare with high blood sugars and was placed in the Trauma Life Center at the UW Hospital in Madison, WI. He was found outside unresponsive. The Mazomanie Emergency Medical Team picked him and and met with the Middleton Emergency Medical Team who is able to give IV fluids and start his treatment as soon as possible. After 4-5 days he was able to leave the hospital, after a horrifying ordeal where we weren't sure he was going to make it. The doctors said that being fit and young saved his life. Had he been much older or weighed even 20 pounds more, he wouldn't be with us today.
It is time to find a cure for this horrible disease.
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