Update On Laura ( our 7yr old daughter)

rbergman
By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-05-12 13:23:21 -0500
Started 2009-02-06 21:30:35 -0600

This will be a long post just to forewarn you all.
We had Laura's appt with her new Ped Endo today, we were there with the doctor in the room with us for over 3hours I was amazed at the fact the doctor spent so much time with us first off. Here is what we learned…
Laura is being considered a Type 2 Diabetic but is between transitioning from Type 2 to Type 1 (this was heartbreaking to hear for all of us). The problem is with her auto-immune failure antibodies are attacking her pancreas, they ran so many tests today 10 vials of blood were drawn for testing for so many different things, A1C was 12.6, she had glucose in her urine, the skin tags under her arms that recently developed is caused by too much insulin in her body we were told, she is considered obese due to the weight she's at vs. her height and age (we knew that already though and knew that it was started when her Thyroid went out first) but to hear someone say your child is obese is a horrible feeling especially when you know it wasn't something we could have prevented on our own.
Another test showed high cholesterol (didn't know that) A bacteria content test was done to see if they can figure out the direction of the anti-bodies that are attacking her pancreas, that test wasn't one that could be completed before we left so I don't have those results yet. They put her on the following carb diet…30-45g breakfast, 45-50g lunch and 50-60g dinner and snacks non-existant unless its fresh veggies or fruit, nothing else. They want to slow the weight gain or have her have no more weight gain, then the goal is to lose 1-2 lbs per month. She is to only drink 1% milk and water, nothing else, no juice or anything and especially no sugary drinks. They also put her on a multi-vitamin daily. They designed an exercise plan for her to work out ( walking, biking, swimming, and her dance group) alternated with weight training exercises 45min per day 6 days a week. They gave us a food journal book to log everything she eats, when, how much etc and a workout log book to show exercises done and when. They started her on Metformin 500mg tablets, for the first week she is to take 1 tablet with supper every day, then the the second week increase it to 2 tablets at supper (1000mg) the third week it will increase to 1 500mg at breakfast and 2 (1000mg) at supper, the fourth week it will increase to 2 tablets (1000mg) with breakfast and 2 tablets (1000mg) with supper and thats the level she will remain at until her 6wk checkup on March 20. We were told that because Metformin causes stomach issues and diarrhea do not use this increase chart until the diarrhea stops with just taking 500mg per day and she said if by the end of 2wks we haven't been able to increase the dosage to call them because this medication will not work for her. She also told us they have a time release form of Metformin but her body has to adjust to this form first before that one can be given…didn't get much more information on that because we have to start with this for 6wks first if she doesn't have too bad of side effects with it. She provided us with several books, I haven't started them yet as we haven't been home very long this evening for me to do that but will let you know what we learn from them. We are meeting with a nutritionist but they said they would have to call me Monday with that appointment date and time so I don't know when that will be yet for sure. This all sounds like so much for a 7yr old to have to deal with, and it is, but the Doctor is trying to prevent her from turning completely Type 1, in fact she calls her a Type 1 1/2 because she is literally right between being a Type 1 and a Type 2, she said this is rare and only affects about 3% of children. She said that the other doctor diagnosing her as pre-diabetic to Type 2 was wrong and that she should have been started on medication long before now according to her test results. She also said she knew of the last Ped Endo that was in charge of Laura's care and he is considered a Thyroid Endo NOT a Diabetes Endo and should have at the least referred her himself and not left it to us to find a Diabetes Endo. (will deal with that anger issue later the goal now is to help Laura in every way we can).
She explained to Laura what foods she cannot have at all, what she can have in moderation and what she can eat "free will". Needless to say, candy and sweets are out and Ice Cream only if sugar free. Her potassium level was low, her sodium level was high so she showed us how to adjust foods to fix both of those over a period of time. She also told us to schedule an Allergy Test with our PCP to find out exactly what she is allergic too that requires 2 different medications daily, she said if it is food allergies we of course will have to work those foods out of her diet whether they are healthy foods or not. She said she could not agree that Laura had been having UTI's because in her records no cultures were ever done to prove this and that the itching and redness she has "down there" is again caused by the high amount of insulin her body is holding onto, they are pediatric yeast infections, only considered pediatric because she is a child, but they wouldn't be as severe as an adult only because she hasn't reached puberty. Upon a complete examination though it was discovered she is developing pubic hair already (remember she is only 7yrs old) and again this is attributed to her auto-immune failure destroying the Thyroid, and the Synthroid she is on to work as her Thyroid has kicked her hormones in early, however they cannot decrease the dosage of Synthroid because any lower dosage would not be enough…
I'm sure there was more that I'm just not remembering off the top of my head but I took my list of questions, got them all answered to the best of her ability and to our satisfaction and I took notes on everything she said because there was just so much I didn't want to forget anything (like I'm doing now lol)
At this time I would appreciate any prayers offered, spoken (written) or unspoken for Laura, its sucks to be me as a Diabetic myself and for her its just so much more than just diabetes. She dealt with what she was personally told fairly well but until it all starts falling into place I really don't think at her age she quite understands it all, her hang up right now is the food deprivation, and what kids wouldn't fuss over not eating junk food lol.
I welcome any and all questions and I'll try my best to answer them as best I can but I'm truly learning right along side her for the most part.

Hugs and Luv to All,
Robin


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rbergman
rbergman 2009-05-12 13:23:21 -0500 Report

It has been awhile since I updated on Laura and what's going on with her, rather than start another new discussion I decided to just update on this thread.

Laura has now lost just over 20lbs since February 6th when officially diagnosed! WOOHOO FOR HER! Originally they only wanted her to stop gaining and maintain the weight she had gained so this was a big deal not only for her but for her doctors.
After being diagnosed and going to several websites we came upon one that had a drawing contest for kids with diabetes that dealt with foot issues and how to care for your feet even as a child diabetic. Laura submitted a drawing and in March received a letter saying they got her drawing but had not made a decision on the winner yet and sent her a foot shaped ink pen and some foot shaped notepads just for entering. In mid-April we got a phone call that Laura had won the contest and that she would receive a free pair of Asics running shoes. They also sent back her original drawing, a certificate and offered to send enough CD-ROM's for her school classrooms. Last week the local newspaper interviewed Laura and took pictures of her which will be published in the local paper tomorrow (Wed, May 13). The newspaper and the American Podiatric Medical Assoc. got in contact with each other and the APMA is going to post Laura's picture and story on their website as the winner as well.
During this time Laura also had to go on insulin and is Double Diabetic…call it whatever you will… but she is now classed with both types 1 & 2. I still have to give her the injections as she is still too scared to do it for herself but in time I'm sure she'll ace this process just as she has everything else she's had to endure during the past 9mo since her problems began to be diagnosed.
She recently lost her giant homing pigeon to a raccoon that pried the cage open and stole the pigeon in the night only to leave a pile of feathers and his leg band behind. Because our kids are farm/ranch kids they accept animal loss a bit better than other kids and though it was heartbreaking to go through she recovered fairly well from the loss of Homer James.
School ends here on the 22nd and there are many field trips and fun times this week and next to end the year, they also will do awards on the 22nd and Laura gets to present the CD-ROMs to the teachers at that time and tell a little about the contest…if she doesn't "shy up" too bad like she did at the newspaper interview lol.
Her thyroid medication and addison's disease medications are doing their jobs along with her allergy medications and, we're still working on her BGL numbers between the insulin and the pills and the diet and such. She now takes 18 pills a day and 4 injections along with testing her BGL 7 times per day. And other than being tense when I inject her her major complaint is the size of some of the pills she has to take and she says she tired of having to take so many every day. But, she tests her own BGL both at home and at school and as I said before she'll soon be injecting herself, though she has already said she wants a pump but they won't do that just yet so we have to use the syringe method still.
She had a bike crash a week ago and is doing well from that, she bruises easily and just the other night counted 15 bruises between her 2 legs, some of these "battle scars" are in the picture the paper took unless they crop out her legs lol, I haven't seen the picture myself yet they are publishing so I'm not sure.
All in all she amazes me daily that she is just a normal little 7yr (almost 8yr old) girl that just has some extra things she has to do to stay that way. Her complaints are minimal at best and her courage is outstanding, I only wish I could be half as courageous as she is at times when it comes to diabetes. Parents are supposed to lead by example, but in our household its the other way around and she encourages me daily!

If your interested in the websites for the contest the main one is www.apma.org and www.apma.org/kidszone is where we found the drawing contest.
The newspaper has an online edition that is free to read at www.bennettcountyboostersd.com I was told her story should appear in tomorrow's issue but I haven't talked to them today to find out for sure if it is. I'll update on that when I do find out.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-09 19:24:34 -0600 Report

We got the call today we see the Dietitian on the 18th at 10:30am, its a Wednesday which means another day of school she will miss but it can't be helped, we try to schedule everything for Friday's because they have 4 day school weeks here but sometimes that just isn't possible. I'm excited about this so I can learn how to prepare food for her the right way and not feel like I'm depriving her so much. Any questions you all want me to ask about food while I'm there?

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-09 12:59:48 -0600 Report

Well I had the initial meeting with the school today…they were reluctant to cut her meals but I told them, "This is the order the doctor wrote up, if you don't follow it at school it won't do much good to follow it at home now would it"? She is the only Type 2 they have and they said …"Well, its easier with a type 1 they eat what they want and adjust the insulin to cover it"…ok that doesn't sound very healthy either sounds more like doping to me but anyway, Laura is type 2 and whether she is the only 1 or there were others the school is bound by law to provide for her needs regardless, and I pointed that out to them, it seems that if its more work for them they try to get out of it, on Thursday I have a meeting with the school administration, and I'm already armed with the legal information about what they are required to do for her and with her, they WILL follow the rules or all hell will break loose! I get so tired of hearing people say, "Kids that young don't get Type 2" well, sorry to burst your bubble but my child did and regardless of the reasons behind it she needs to be treated fairly. Its hard enough as it is on her not to have to put up with people that have the mentality of "I don't understand it so therefore it must not be true"…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-09 13:25:22 -0600 Report

Doesn't that just burn your biscuits! Ignorant people make me really crazy. I mean there are those who don't know, but are willing to learn...that's fine. It's those who don't know and think they do and don't want to learn. GRRRR. And these people are taking care of our children? Wow, what a statement.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-09 14:45:20 -0600 Report

Well they even called me awhile ago and said that since the doctor didn't sign the plan laid out for Laura that they needed a signed copy in order to follow it at school…this plan had everything, carbs allowed, calories allowed, exercise plan, weight loss plan, vitamin plan, medication plan..everything but her signature…so its not acceptable, it has her "stamp" on it and the facility name and address and so forth, just no hand written signature and the stamped one isn't good enough…on we go…

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-08 15:22:16 -0600 Report

Last night was Laura's second dose of the Metformin 500mg, today between breakfast and lunch the diarrhea started, she had toast and a scrambled egg and glass of milk for breakfast, nothing greasy or such, she's gotten the nausea within a couple hours each night she takes the pill but today was the first mad dash for the bathroom. On the upside, her BG was 93 fasting this morning.
Tomorrow its back to school, I was hoping there wouldn't be an diarrhea so I didn't have to worry about her having it at school, but unless it gets worse and she has it more often I can't justify keeping her home.

2009-02-08 15:26:38 -0600 Report

Maybe it's just Laura's body adjusting to the new medicine. I hope so anyway. I am glad to hear she had such a good fasting bs reading, that's great. I just know she is going to be fine. Praying for you both daily!

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-08 17:31:11 -0600 Report

yes i believe so, I know back when i first started metformin i was in the bathroom a lot for a few weeks, maybe we'll get lucky with her and it won't take that long

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-08 03:49:06 -0600 Report

Robin,
Just from the content and volume of the information Laura's new doctor gave you, not to mention the time he spent with you, I'd have to say you really found a keeper this time. Even though it breaks all of our hearts to read what she has to go through, it does seem like you have taken a positive step.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-08 08:36:02 -0600 Report

Yes, this one seems to be "the one". In fact there are at least 2 other families with children that have diabetes that see this same doctor, both of those kids are Type 1 and go to the same school that Laura does, in fact the school nurse told me prior to this appt. that if its found that Laura is a true diabetic and Type 2 she will be the only one in the school that is, there are 7 Type1 kids from K-12 that go to this school…8 diabetics in 1 small school district of I'd say maybe 500 kids total to me is a high ratio, but the school has an awesome nurse that really knows her stuff too and monitors every one of the kids on meals and everything, have a meeting tomorrow with her to "rework" Laura's meal plan at school because the Ped Endo cut her carbs from what we were originally giving her. From 300g daily to 125-150g daily.

Becky85
Becky85 2009-02-08 02:05:54 -0600 Report

I'm not a Mom, but I am a caring Aunt. Sometimes I consider myself a professional one. But, I will add Laura to the extended family nieces and nephews for whom I pray.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-02-07 20:13:54 -0600 Report

I will pray for you and laura.I have a son who has typ 1 with complications and also just found out he is going blind.my son is the opposite he can not gain weight.he is 9 5 foot 9 and weighs 74 pounds.he is always hungry and comlaing i starve him,but it is his body.as a parent i try to do all i can for him but its rough .i will be thinking about you and hope all goes well.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-07 20:18:40 -0600 Report

I too will keep your son in my prayers, its horrible when you read about other children suffering but man when its your own child it feels like the world turned upside down on you.
No matter how we all found this site the point is we did and its for a reason, whether to help others or to be helped, either way this is a great site with great people!

2009-02-07 20:19:12 -0600 Report

Bless your heart mom. You are dealing with tough issues too! My prayers are with you and your son! I can only imagine how hard this must be to deal with. Again, my prayers are with you. Take care, Angie

highlandcitygirl
highlandcitygirl 2009-02-07 10:42:59 -0600 Report

i will keep you both in my thoughts. i pray the LORD give you and her both the strength to get through this and the courage to do what you must do!

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-07 16:40:54 -0600 Report

Thanks, reality has set in a bit for her today when while walking through the grocery store (buying Truvia) she started asking…"Can I have this? " for several different things and most of the time the answer was no…and then I'd explain why, near the check-out there was the Valentines Day display…she just quietly looked at it, looked at me and said " No more chocolate for me either right? " Kind of with a aggravated tone to her voice. I again explained it to her just as the doctor had but that was when I could tell she was finally "getting it" when it came to just what having diabetes means. I told her we can get her some of the sugar free candy but that she can't just sit and eat it, that only a little each time according to whatever the package says, she was a little better about it but this next month (or more) is going to be the rough patch of teaching her the can and cannot's of diabetes.

2009-02-07 16:44:30 -0600 Report

That had to be tough! I'm definitely not 7 years old :) but I like the sugar free candy just as well. Maybe she will too! You are teaching her the correct way and one day she will thank you. Love n hugs friend! Angie

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-07 18:54:27 -0600 Report

If you can avoid the "sugar free" chocolate, that is best. However...if she can enjoy dark chocolate that works well. 85% coca is very low carb (still high fat, so be careful) but it gives her that chocolate taste. And if you serve just a little of it with some peanutbutter on a gram cracker or something it gives her a treat without the carbs of a candy bar.

I am going to get on a soap box for a moment...
I would say NO to artificial sweeteners and splenda. Use the truvia, that is great and it is natural. Use stevia it is good also and she will enjoy Agave Nectar. There are just so many things that artificial sweeteners can do to her small body that you don't want going on. Read on it. You will find both camps on it so you can decide. But I grew up using it, and now that I don't eat any, I feel 100% better. For me, it helped me actually GAIN weight as it tricks your body into thinking it got something with carbohydrate in it. But when the body realizes it didn't get any, it sends out "hungry" messages, and I would eat more. It is a horrible cycle, so try not to start her on that.
It means no diet drinks, sugar free foods and watch out for anything that says "lite" on it, that is often loaded with sweeteners. There are great alternatives that are healthy and don't have the toxins of the artificial sweeteners in it. There are many discussion on this site about it, and there is a great book called "Sweet Deception" I reviewd in the Book club section. That is the one that opened my eyes.
Ok, off the soap box now.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-07 19:38:18 -0600 Report

We don't have Stevia here yet, but we do have 1 grocer that carries the Truvia, its from the same plant as Stevia actually, I researched all the sweetners before I bought any of them, I always use to use equal but the aspertane is in ALL of those others and not in Stevia or Truvia, not sure if it was a good deal as far as price but it was cheaper than splenda in the same amount and actually Truvia packets are more like your regular sugar packets and NOT like all those other sweetners, she used it in a glass of tea 1 pkg is equal to using 2 tsp. of regular sugar, she likes it so far, so that and the fact is better for her make it worth paying a little more.

2009-02-07 19:40:08 -0600 Report

Gabby dear, while I agree with you whole heartedly on this subject, I have to inject my opinion here (and merely my opinion) only because of Laura's age and her need to fit in and not feel like a 'misfit' she may need to be allowed some of the sugar free things from time to time. I know they are awful for us but as a 7 year old and a new diabetic I think an 'occasional' diet soda or sugar free candy won't hurt her. Mental health is just as important as physical health and well being. Like I said, just my opinion and for adults I TOTALLY agree to avoid the stuff. :)

*Judy

2009-02-07 19:43:42 -0600 Report

Good luck to you on teaching her the basics of diabetes… I don't envy you with her age and understanding. She'll get it though eventually. As for her brother, maybe he won't feel so left out if he can be an active participant in this whole ordeal. He will eventually learn too that she can still play and be his little sister as she was before, she just needs more care for now with this. I think the books for kids is a great idea for him to read so he can start to understand how important this is. I'm going to hunt for some children's sites for diabetes for you. If anyone knows of any please let us know. :)

*Judy

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-07 07:55:14 -0600 Report

Laura was up at 6:30am this morning and said her belly doesn't hurt, I'm hoping to get passed the major side effects of the meds with her before it becomes an issue at school, it looks like starting her on the Metformin only at dinner time might just do the trick so it doesn't interfere with school and other daytime activities.

Thanks for the prayers and support I'm so glad to have you all.

Hugs & Luv,

Robin

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-07 07:47:36 -0600 Report

I remember that my only concern when I was 7 was who was going to play the cowboy and who was going to be the indian. How incredibly gown up she will be before you know it.
If nothing else, catching it this young will allow her to become the healthy adult that is dealing with a disease. A lot fewer bad habits to break. An who knows, if you get her going in the right direction with her food choices and activity, perhaps the meds will be able to go away for as long as possible.
So always keep an open dialouge with her doctor and ask those hard questions. Never accept the "status quoe", because with diabetics, there is none.

2009-02-07 06:28:04 -0600 Report

Wow hun. That's a lot of information tossed on you all at once. But, now at least you know where you're at with Laura. She is so young and it sounds like this is a good, solid plan to control her weight, BS and lower that A1C level. You are a strong person and Laura will be fine. With you being diabetic too, it will be easier for Laura to follow you. Thank you for the update and we'll talk more later. I thought about you guys all day yesterday. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as alway. Take care my friend. Hugs n luv, Angie

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-06 23:23:48 -0600 Report

Wow. Could it be more overwhelming? Perhaps so, but this is surely more than any young child should have to absorb and learn to deal with. It does sound as though you've finally gotten the right doctor, however, and the quality help that you need. That's good.

Both of you have a long road ahead, obviously, so I hope you can and will be able to take care of yourself as well. It's a big job just raising a child and keeping our own lives going without the added stress and the physical and emotional toll this will take on you. I can't remember remarks about a spouse or other children, but something like this definitely impacts the entire family. I hope you do have a good support system.

Words seem so insufficient in situations of this magnitude, but you both are most assuredly in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the help of this new doctor will be just the right help, and that things will soon look brighter.

Love to you both,

Diane

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-06 23:38:07 -0600 Report

Hi Diane,
Actually, her 10yr old brother feels "left out" that Laura is getting all the attention and he is getting none, we try to explain to him that its medical and necessary for Laura to live, that if these things aren't taken care of she could die from it. He says the only time we do anything as a family besides here at the ranch is go to "her" doctor appointments, its boring, and that he wants to go places other than that. He is right, everything has revolved around her and her appointments lately but its just had to be that way, we aren't a rich family by any means and we have to save and plan out the trips to the doctors which does take money away from "fun" things we could be doing. I've explained that once she is on a regular schedule things will be different but he is resentful of her taking the spotlight regardless of the reason. As far as my husband, he just soaks it all up like a sponge and lets it stew, having been with him as long as I have I know it bothers him but he is a bottler and just keeps the emotions and feelings bottled up inside, he was very interactive at the appointment today and pays attention but its killing him inside that his baby girl is going through all of this and he knows the stress is sending my diabetes for a whirlwind as well. In a few days, he'll be ready to talk to me about it after he mulls it all over and gets over the initial shock of everything, its Wade that worries me because even though we explained it all to him it doesn't help him from feeling left out, medical or not.

I understand you had an appointment today as well, how did that go?

Hugs & Luv,

Robin

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-07 01:15:30 -0600 Report

No, my appointment is FRIDAY THE 13TH! Not too worried, however. The stress test went well & they say it looks normal except for this very small area of the heart that doesn't seem to be getting enough blood. Because of the diabetes and extensive history of heart disease in my family they just want to check it out. Thanks for asking. I feel great.

Your husband sounds like so many men. They have a hard time opening up and expressing themselves when it comes to troubles and problems - especially when it's a health issue, and ESPECIALLY when it's a child. My heart goes out to your son. It must be difficult to feel like you're beings shoved aside right now. I know that's not the case, really, but it seems that way to him. As I said before, hopefully with the help of the new doctor you will be able to get things more "normalized" soon.

I'm headed to bed. My computer went bonkers, and I've been working on it for the last couple of hours. Thinks it's finally okay now. Nite.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-07 07:55:21 -0600 Report

I recall going thru a bout with jealousy over my brother when he had his apendix out. It delayed our vacation, and then he had an abcess on vacation so we had to rush home and take care of it. I kind of understood that it was important, but I was still mad. That is just kids.
Perhaps you can find a way for him to be involved in helping laura thru playing games or learning how to eat better. Let him do alittle research and teach her something. It might give him that "big brother" feeling of taking care of his little sister. And then maybe when things fall into more of a routine, family fun can return.
Or maybe when she goes to the doctor, one of you could take your son to a movie or something inexpensive while she is there. That way he is not in the waiting room being bored and getting resentful.
It is hard to balance, but you will find a way.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-07 08:06:02 -0600 Report

We were given a lot of books yesterday, some adult level some child level, there is one that has chapters on siblings, so am reading up on it this morning then letting him read it, we are also trying to come up with things for him to do that makes him feel needed. Part of this is our fault we always tried to treat the kids equally, but he's 10 all boy and she is 7 (part tomboy) and I think we took the whole equality thing to far so we'll have to fix that and make him feel more important than just the brother of the girl who is sick and taking all the fun out of things…day by day we'll all get there.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2009-02-07 08:15:31 -0600 Report

It is hard. My brother and I were only 3 years apart also, and I was the oldest. He was always getting the serious stuff. Our best time was when we both had chicken pox. Drove mom nuts, but we shared it and in some wierd kid brain...that made it fun. Go figure.
He will find his place and them being rough and tough together should never stop. That is the main thing. It is a hiccup, but she won't have to be treated differently, just watched more closely. I know you guys will do great, and one thing is for sure, you will all get closer. It will not seem like it in the beginning, but it will come.

Becky85
Becky85 2009-02-08 02:07:55 -0600 Report

I was the sick one in my family of four kids, not diabetes, though. But, I do remember that my siblings did feel more a part of things when they read to me or made me lunch or breakfast. I still have major health problems, and with our parents gone, they still check on me :-)
Becky

2catty
2catty 2009-02-09 21:47:38 -0600 Report

Yeah I am the sick sibling in my family too. I don't like it. Of course they don't check on me either but that's ok. I keep telling myself I am no sickly I just have health issues. Not in denial just don't see myself as sickly. I am a young healthy woman. My dr. even said that. But I do have issues and my siblings don't . And I am much younger than them. I got the crappy end of the stick.LOL

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-06 22:31:32 -0600 Report

Laura took her first metformin around 7pm tonight after we got home, she just got up out of bed and came and told me her belly hurts and she feels sick, I explained (as the doctor had) that that is normal and hopefully it will get better soon, I remember my days on Metformin and the horror of trips to the bathroom and the nausea too, I did have her take it right before she ate, and if we hadn't been gone all day we would have eaten dinner earlier, but I was surprised at how fast it bothered her…I also warned her she may get the "poopies" and that was part of it too, its going to be a long week around here for sure.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2009-02-06 22:27:48 -0600 Report

So much for a little child to try and understand. My sister was six when she became a diabetic. It was called a brittle diabetic with three sometimes four injections of insulin a day. I was 8 at the time but I remember each time she was rushed off to the hospital. She had a real problem with the food restrictions also. I will pray for her and also you. I know that you can do all that your daughter needs.

Your Friend
JoAnna

2009-02-06 22:15:01 -0600 Report

Robin, Wow what a tale to tell, I'm glad you finally got the answers you needed although not good answers. I also hope they can get Laura stabilized so she can have a normal life (as normal as life is with Diabetes) I'm sure they'll keep a close eye on her going forward and it sounds like you found a good doctor for her even though she's pretty far away.

My best wishes go out to you and Laura as you absorb all this and get into a program with her, she's so little to have to deal with all of it, she's lucky she has a Mom that can understand and help her. Wow, I'm still flabbergasted by all this, I can hardly imagine what you must be feeling. If you need anything just let me know, even if it's just to vent!! :)

*Judy

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-06 22:23:07 -0600 Report

oh Judy, where to begin lol, they actually even gave me a paper for myself, its a thing south dakota does to help people to quit smoking…I appreciated it but told her, I hope you don't think this is something I can do right now NOT with all of this so fresh and new to absorb, she told me no, of course not, but you'll know when your ready and when you are you'll have this to use.
This weekend will be the start of this then of course come Monday I have to go to the school and set up the program they have for diabetic kids with them in order for all the rules to be followed there too not just here at home, and of course with Valentines Day not far away…candy is going to be an issue to deal with there as well…it just grows and grows, you know, the list is longer then a rich kids Christmas list lmao, I'm trying to keep a light heart about this or I'll crack for sure.

2009-02-07 19:28:45 -0600 Report

A light heart and a sense of humor when dealing with a life 'crisis' is what keep us sane. Don't forget to breath hon. Deep cleansing breaths and close your eyes and imagine if only for one minute that you are off in your favorite place (your happy place lol) and that will give you the strength to get through the next few hours regardless of what it is.

Love deeply, laugh often and live out loud!!!
*Judy

2catty
2catty 2009-02-06 22:05:57 -0600 Report

My heart is broken reading what your little girl is going through. keep strong she needs you. I know it is hard on you too. It is not in your body but you have to deal with it everyday. Give your daughter a big hug from me.

2catty
2catty 2009-02-06 22:13:27 -0600 Report

Oh your diabetic too. It is harder when it is your child isn't it. I am having a scare right now with my tiny little 3 year old. Not to happy with what the Dr. said either.

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-06 22:24:51 -0600 Report

How is your wee one? I worry about him as well, I have my answers, like them or not, but the not knowing is always a drag and very stressful, and yes, I'm a type 2 myself and am a 5th generation, but genetics only enhanced Laura's issues they weren't the total cause as with the rest of us in this family, doesn't make it any easier though.

2catty
2catty 2009-02-06 23:10:08 -0600 Report

Yeah that's the other thing that worries me. I have it, both grand-mothers, an aunt and great-grandma.I lucked out on the first two, they was by my first husband. Now this one is by my husband that has diabetes in his family as well. I feel like I am waiting for the shoe to drop.