Monday, May 26, 2008

Diabetes Family

I am still here...We had another blow to our family. Remember the last post when i said my little one was thirsty?? Well, when Benjamin came home from school that day I had him test my little ones blood sugar. It read "high". Meaning it was over 500. Blood sugars normal on average are suppose to be 90- 150sh. I thought maybe it was wrong. I asked him to do it again..sure enough, same reading. I took her down to the emergency room, and they put an IV in her arm, and started all kinds of testing. Their blood test read 596..Luckily she was not in ketoacidosis, meaning there is a lot of sugar in her bloodstream, and that we pretty much caught this disease early. So..they took us in an ambulance to the downtown children's hospital . We stayed just one night. She loved every minute of it and received three stuffed bears from the nurses.. When Benjamin was diagnosed in December, He was in ketoacidosis, very sick, in ICU for three days, and lost a good twenty pounds. While Ben has always given himself his own shots, I had to learn to give Greer hers. I am not good with needles, hospitals, Dr. offices, surgery shows etc. I have fainted numerous times entering these facilities. I still have scars on my knees from one time when I saw a friends baby in the hospital nursery. But, when it is happening to me I am OK, it is when other people are in pain or I think they are in pain I start to feel faint. I told the diabetes nurse who taught us the shots, and he said, "Yeah, I use to be like that also, now look what I am doing, I am head of this program and teaching to give shots". So he gets out his needle, pulls out my arm, and sticks a needle in it with some saline solution. I did not die, or faint. Then he said,"Now its your turn". So I gave him a shot, and it wasn`t all that bad.. next thing you know I am giving my sweet little eight year old daughter a shot. My biggest fear..Its done, I am over it, and I have given numerous more in these last few days. To my amazement, she has not cried, been mad, she is very much taking it like a pro. I am so proud of her. I am also so proud of my son, because he has set the tone, and been an example..So I may not be around too much. My mom flew in to help...bless her heart. She did the same thing in December when Ben was diagnosed. So that's my life. I am taking what God has put in front of me, knowing there is a reason. Not sure what it is yet, but it does not matter. I know that we have come closer as a family. I am still in shock. very tired, and thankful that it can be treated, and that it is not worse.
So hug your babies!! love ya all!!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your children. You know, you just never know what is going to happen with those we love. Children are amazing. They seem to take whatever comes there way with stride, where us adults just go into hysteria. I have a friend with a son with Juvenile Diabetes, since age 4, and he seems to be adjusting well. Just be strong and know that God gives us children who He knows we will look after with a loving heart and spirit. YOU are just that - a wonderful woman with a heart of Gold. Just remember to breath...

love ya,

Anonymous said...

I hate that this is happening to you and your chidlren. You have every reason to proud of Ben and Greer, they are being so brave. If I was facing this I am sure I would be a big baby. Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family. hugs

eileen said...

Julie, you are such a beautiful person. I don't always comment on your blogs, but I read every one of them. Maybe this is happening to you so that you can be a strong example to others who might be going through it too. Hope you can still take time to make your beautiful pottery.. and gorgeous flower arrangements. My prayers are with you and the children.

Joy said...

I will keep your little one in my prayers. I know it is hard to get used to giving and getting shots. I had to teach myself how to give shots for my RA. At least the needles are very thin.
God bless!

Jenn said...

ooooooh Julie! I am so sorry! Your attitude is so wonderful and inspiring. Sending you and your family huge hugs:):):):) xoxo...jenn

Donna said...

Wow, Julie, I admire you. I'm not sure if I could deal with the needle part.
I think God gives us only what we can handle and he knew you could do it. You are a brave and wonderful person.
Hugs to you and your family.

bridgmanpottery said...

Oh, my. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Catherine said...

oh Julie,
I am SOOOO sorry to hear about your poor little kids!
It must be so hard for you to go through all of it.
I am sure you are probably thankful you have an answer, and can treat them properly...but oh, so tough!
My heart goes out to you!
i do have to say though, that I am loving all of your pictures on your blog, your pots, and your garden.
along with your amazing take on life.
I only wish you the very best my friend!

farmerjulie said...

Hi girls!! Thank you all so much. You all mean so much to me! Hanging in there!! She is doing so much better than I am.!

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