Drew's Diabetes update this year has a lot of daily drudgery, a change for the better, and one scary episode.
1. Daily Drudgery -- every day now for 8 years (and 3 months), he takes shots to stay alive, every day at least four times a day. If he eats pizza, he checks his blood sugar and gets another shot. Did I mention EVERY DAY? He takes his blood sugar about six times a day. Every day.
2. A change for the better -- at the beginning of the summer, his endocrinologist (who we see every 3 months) suggested a change to Drew's long-acting insulin. He noticed that Drew was waking up high (blood sugar over 150) but going low during the day (blood sugar under 70), usually you increase long-acting insulin if they go to bed in range and wake up high, but the long-acting insulin releases over 24 hours so he would get more insulin during the day which he didn't need. We switched from Lantus to Levemir which releases more at night and less during the day. Levemir has only been available for about 5 years. The thing about growing children is that growth hormones hit at night and can require more insulin, while active kids need less insulin during the day. This is easy peasy for children on the pump, because you can adjust the dosage by the hour. Since Drew had infections caused by the pump, he needs to stay on syringe injections. Are you following along? It's a lot of medical knowledge here. We have our own diabetic language.
3. Here's the scary part -- One evening in May we got home from Jake's baseball game around 7:30pm and ate dinner, a little later than usual. Drew had stinky feet so he took both his long acting insulin and Humalog, his short acting insulin to cover for his food, and went to take a hot bath to scrub his feet. After his bath, he managed to dress, but stumbled out of the bathroom and down the upstairs hall. Greg and I heard him and ran upstairs. Greg saw that he needed sugar so ran back downstairs to get juice and crackers. I thought I could carry him downstairs (what!?! He's 5' and 100 pounds - I could not carry him). Drew was incoherent and unable to swallow the juice or crackers. I ran and got some icing but he tried to swat it out of his mouth. At that point, I was thinking...911 or Glucagon? I opted for the Glucagon. The first one I found was dated 2008. I ran to get another that was thankfully 2013. I opened the kit and the instructions were about 3 feet long in 4 point font. You're supposed to practice administering the Glucagon and I had...every year for the first 4 or 5 years, so it had been at least 4 years. I took a deep breath, I took the syringe of liquid and pushed it into the vial of powder, swirled the mixture, then pulled it back into the syringe and gave Drew about 3/4 of the mixture in his thigh. He came to in about 30 seconds.
The Glucagon is not sugar, but a hormone that causes the liver to dump any sugar stored there. What we didn't know is that diabetics should not take hot baths or showers immediately after taking insulin. The hot water speeds up blood flow increasing the absorption of the insulin. Might be a good add to the training! What kid doesn't take a bath after dinner? After this, going to work the next day seemed a little less dramatic.
This is our 9th year participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. In October, we walk in the Walk to Cure Diabetes with a group of family and friends, and last year co-workers from SunTrust. In 2012 we raised over $5000. This year, we will walk at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, October 19th. Please join our walk team if you'd like some exercise!
If you can’t join us, please support us online at www.jdrf.org (Drew’s Defeating Diabetes for the Atlanta Walk) or send a check for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to:3322 Keenland Road Marietta GA 30062. Thank you and we love you all!
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Amy and Jerry Studdard
Curtis & Gail Powell
Denise and Armand Marino
Dorothy & Britt Deviney
Jennifer and Alex Yankowsky
Mr. Robert Patton
Mrs. Kathy A Jacoutot
Ms. Dawn Reed
The Davis Family
The McEwen Family
The Peters Family
The Shang family
The Wassenaar Family
Weston and Gavin McKee - The new guys on the block