Drew was diagnosed with diabetes a week after his third birthday in December 1995. The week before his party we noticed that Drew was drinking gallons and wetting through his diapers about the same. When we got him to the pediatrician his blood sugar was near a 1000. Amazingly, he was really not that sick. However, after being admitted to our hospital and started on IV insulin he slept for almost 2 solid days. I think his body needed that time to recover from being in DKA for the previous weeks. We left the hospital after 3 days with the overwhelming task of caring for our son and his diabetes! Wow, is that a humbling experience. We were very intimidated by all the demands of caring for a child with diabetes.
On the whole, however, life got back to normal and we learned a magnitude of information within the first couple of weeks. We also were privileged to attend a fine diabetic camp's first family preschool session. What a great thrill to meet other families who were going through what we were! Those families are still some our greatest friends. Drew and the rest of our family can attend preschool camp for 2 more years. Then he will be ready to camp without our family. We have the utmost confidence in our camp and we highly recommend that families search for a camp in their area that serves children with diabetes and their families.
Drew entered into a whole new aspect of diabetic management in July of 1997. At the age of 4 he began pump therapy. There was a lot to consider in this change in Drew's management. Drew's pump story is on KidsRPumping if anyone is interested in the aspects of his pump therapy. KidsRPumping and children with DIABETES are two of the finest resources for diabetic families. Drew loves his pump and has done very well in this big step. On the whole he feels a lot better and of course that was our main objective in making this change.
Drew attends preschool and plays T-ball. This summer he will take swimming lessons. We will attend Camp Seale Harris as a family the first week of June. Drew has a nine-year-old sister named Laurel and a four-year-old brother named Colgan. We wish all who may read this post a wonderful summer of 1998! Drew can be contacted at [email protected]
Drew and his brother
Drew in 2005
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