{Our Story} My Mind Went THERE

by Leighann on February 6, 2013

My kids have always been milk drinkers. So much so that we got delivery of milk in glass bottles on a weekly basis.

This fall they seemed to ease up a little on their milk consumption. Then at Thanksgiving we completely eliminated milk from Q’s diet after skin tests revealed the allergy.

My five-year-old son has declared that water is healthy and no longer wants milk at school lunch (Darned if I didn’t prepay enough to get milk at lunch every day this year!), at snacks, or at bedtime.

This weekend he drank water like it was going out of style. He drank like a fish. He filled cup after cup. He asked me to grab him refills as he built the last of the new Lego sets from Christmas (we’ve been slowly doling them out). At bedtime he filled the Dixie cup three times at the bathroom sink.

And of course my mind went THERE.

If you have more than one child and you are reading this blog, chances are you know the deep, dark place that is THERE.

I debated checking his blood sugar in the night, but decided to check him in the morning.

One by one, oldest to youngest, we checked our blood sugars.

It’s bad enough in those five seconds that we are waiting for my daughter’s BG to show up, but what about for three people who do not have diabetes? What if one of us had a fasting blood sugar that was high?

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Phew, nothing to worry about.

Don’t we encourage kids to make healthy drink choices and fill their glasses with water? Of course.

But when your child without type 1 diabetes is on his 8th glass, your mind goes THERE.

Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

(Taken from my book Kids First, Diabetes Second)

  • Higher frequency of urination (including bedwetting in potty-trained children)
  • Extreme thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability or overly emotional reactions
  • Fatigue
  • Fruity smelling breath
  • Sugar in urine (determined by a lab test)
  • High blood sugar (determined by finger stick or blood draw)

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wendy February 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

We went there a few weeks ago and talked ourselves out of it!! I am not blaming at all, just wanted to point out we know our children, we know our intuition and if you think something is wrong…YOU AND ONLY YOU are your child’s advocate!!! Never let anyone tell you otherwise!!

I am now a D-Mom! We are home and doing great!!! Looking forward to your blog!!! Thank you for sharing!!


2 Stacey February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

Yup I went THERE too. My youngest daughter is always asking for juice but I’ve tested her a few times and all is well. If one day she happens to develop it too at least she will have an amazing role model in her big sister.


3 Lindsey s February 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

Yup-I’ve gone THERE too! My 3yr old was puking, lathargic on Christmas morning…then I smelled his breath, and it was “off” he hadnt been fasting, but I needed to check for my own sanity. Yes, his sugar was high (he had just eaten breakfast) but not “high enough” for me to panic! I rechecked him a few hours later and all was well. (Except the ER visit-poor guy had the flu) With 1 T1, I know deep in my heart that there is a good possibility that all 3 of mine could eventually be diagnosed. It scares the life out of me. But, we have chosen not to focus on diabetes, not to give it more time/attention/stress than necessary. We live our lives, love our kids, and are thankful every day for them.


4 Dana February 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

We went there with our middle child and it is a good thing we did. He has ketotic hypoglycemia. Had we not tested he would have had issues due to his sugars being 27. Now we keep a close eye on him and he sees an endo add well s his brother.


5 cr8ivpgs February 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

My 16yr old came home from school, said he drank so much water & went to the bathroom during every class yesterday, we both went there. And we were party of a car study to see if we carried the genes for T1, & came out negative. But the thought will always be there. Life experience has made it’s shadow.


6 Heather B February 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

We’ve been there too! In fact, my four year old has told me twice recently “why don’t you check my sugar anymore?” I hate that I now have a lurking fear to add the rest parents always have. I remember when my son was first diagnosed there was another mom there. Her second child had just been diagnosed and she was devasted! I couldn’t understand why she was so upset. Didn’t she already know how to handle it? Now I understand completely! It’s one your worst fears coming true.


7 Keren February 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My mind has definitely gone THERE with my 17 month old. Poor kid has gotten pricked so many times out of pure panic on my end, but thank God, he’s always been ok. Just one of those things we have to deal with when it comes to our other kids.


8 Scott E February 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I know the thoughts of being THERE. Neither of my two kids have diabetes (it’s just me), but I’ve tested them both; the younger one twice. The first time was the hardest – I had to mentally prepare myself to deal with whatever number might pop up; it took days to do that.


9 Joy February 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

I would have gone there too. Especially right now. My oldest of my 4 children was just diagnosed. I can see all the signs now, but I brushed them away as normal for over a month.


10 Stefanie February 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

(((Hugs))) It’s hard not to go there once you’ve been there. I’m happy to hear that he was just thirsty. =o)

We went there 2 months after our oldest’s dx and saw a 331. Which sucks but I’m so happy that we caught it earlier than we did with our oldest. We missed her symptoms for a long, long time.

Now the hard thing for me is not pricking everybody I know who exhibits the slightest symptom. 😉


11 Holly February 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Yep, I go there. Way too often. I think I always will.


12 Kristin Buckingham February 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

My 6 year old wet herself at school 4 times in the first week of Kindergarten. She never has accidents. My mind went THERE and then we went right to the Ped! Nothing was wrong, I found out a week later she was afraid of getting stuck in the bathroom during the beginning of the year fire drills.


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