Today was Laura's 6wk check-up with her Ped Endo. She had been put on 125-150g carb diet. As of today when she stepped on the scale she weighed in at 96.3 lbs. Back on February 6th she weighed in at 107.6lbs. I had been keeping track of her weight loss by using the scale at or PCP office once a week, but the last 2 weeks have been so hectic that we didn't get a chance to get in to the office to check her progress. Her doctor and dietitian were so proud of her today, and of course so was I. She had been my wake-up call after she was diagnosed for me to take better care of my own diabetes, and now she is an inspiration to me that if a 7 1/2 yr old girl can follow such a strict diet and make it work then so can I as an adult. She was told by the dietitian that she no longer needed to come see her, that she felt we, as a family have gotten a grasp on counting carbs and all that goes with it, but that if something did come up she would call us for the class.
Laura also had to endure yet another battery of blood tests today and there are yet again some concerns, but they cannot be addressed until her blood test results are in. Some of the concerns has to deal with the dosage of her Thyroid medication possibly needing to be changed due to some symptoms she is showing. The other concern is that the oral medications for diabetes don't seem to be working and therefore another antibody test was done (this takes a week to get results) and that she is slipping closer to T1. This was something we were warned about but of course prayed would not become reality. Now we just have to wait it out and see what the tests say this go round. They of course ordered the tests for her medications for Addison's as well as that is the only way of knowing whether the current dosages are working properly as well.
Back to the weight loss. We did not bribe or promise Laura anything if she lost the weight, we simply explained, as did the doctor and dietitian that she was just too heavy for her age and that we all knew that the Thyroid condition started the weight gain and that the diabetes also played a role in it, but it was made clear to her losing weight would help her in the long run and that it was in no way her fault that she got heavier than other kids her age, but that she would have to work to lose the weight. Laura has seldom complained about the diet, and the times that she did it was usually that her beloved Mac & Cheese had to be a certain portion and she couldn't have more than specified, it was never about the "junk food/sweets/candy" that was severely cut back to nearly nil. When she got on the scale and it showed her weight she was thrilled that it was under 100lbs, a goal she personally set. Her "ideal weight" for her age and height (which is also above average, she is in the 99th percentile for height.) …is 88lbs. So, Laura told her doctor that her next goal was to get under 90lbs by her next appointment (May 22nd unless blood tests reveal we need a sooner appointment). So, that gives her approx. 8wks to get the weight off. When the doctor asked her what she would do if she met that goal she replied " tell mommy we need to go shopping for new clothes, but this time smaller ones not bigger ones."
I share this story with you all because Laura has truly become my inspiration on so many levels without even realizing she has done so. I realize that all foods are "cleared" through me, but she has done so well watching what she eats, she even went back to the kitchen at school the other day because they gave her a dessert that she knew she wasn't supposed to have, and told them she couldn't have it so they took it back off her tray and apologized to her for giving it to her and gave her the fruit she gets normally instead.
I don't know that I myself could have taken that dessert back I probably would have just eaten it but not her, she herself understands most of the why's and why not's of the foods she eats and doesn't cheat. I hope she will continue this diligence for as long as it takes, even if it means the rest of her life.
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