Johnathan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on April 26, 2002 at the tender age of 16 months. He had gotten his first ear infection and a couple days after his course of antibiotics were finished he started to become increasingly thirsty, hungry and lethargic. Before going to our pediatrician that April 26, I looked up the symptoms of diabetes and with a pounding heart realized that Johnathan had all of the symptoms listed except for the weight loss (I didn't think he had lost any weight). Later we would find out he had lost four pounds in just 2 weeks. In the back of my mind I thought I was just being paranoid and that it was most likely the ear infection still bothering him. But mother's intuition made me mention to our pediatrician that Johnathan had the symptoms of being a diabetic and he tested Johnathan's urine and blood immediately. Within a couple minutes of getting all the test results back we were admitted into our local hospital's Special Care Unit. Johnathan's blood glucose at admission was 688. He spent one night at our local hospital and four more nights at West Virginia University and my husband and I got our crash course in diabetes education.
My husband, myself, Johnathan's big sister Addy (4 years old) and our extended families were devastated with Johnathan's diagnosis but as we all become accustomed to the lifestyle changes diabetes brings about we realize that though serious diabetes is a treatable disease and how lucky we are that Johnathan has returned to his happy, cheerful self.
Johnathan is cooperative most of the time for his BG tests (unless he is very tired) and most of the time he doesn't even cry for his injections. He is our brave little boy and we are all proud of him.
Johnathan and his family receive e-mail at fthompson[@]frontiernet.net.
Published September 1, 2002
Johnathan and his sister Addy
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