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I am now five days on from my almost two-year-old son being diagnosed (he will be 2 in one week exactly!). He had been drinking a lot for a few weeks, which I knew was a sign of diabetes but I really didn't think it would be possible as he was such a healthy lively little boy. It wasn't until he developed a cold that things really went downhill, he started drinking water (something he never did before!) and demanding his milk in the morning before breakfast and when the milk was finished he would scream for more. He had also changed from running about to just wanting to sit and rubbing his eyes constantly.

I should have realised the rubbing eyes symptom as I had worked in Optics for 10 years and knew that high sugar levels meant blurry vision, but just didn't connect until after the diagnosis!

Anyway the morning of the 5th December 2007 was much like any other morning, I was working so got Owen ready, he didn't want me to go to work, but I still went. My mum who was very concerned had got some testing strips from a family friend who is a GP. She managed to get Owen to have a wee on his potty (his first wee, it should have been such a proud moment!) she tested it and he had high levels of glucose and ketones were significantly raised. She wasn't going to ring me at work because she knew I would be upset, but our friend said that he needed to be seen that day! So she called me, and told me I broke down in tears as I guess deep down I knew it but didn't want to accept that he had it.

I made an emergency appointment that afternoon, with the duty doctor. It happened to be a doctor that I had seen before who had the impression I was a neurotic mother (how he made that opinion I don't know as he implied it on my first ever consultation with Owen to a GP!) Anyway I went along thinking he can't ignore this as I have the results tested this morning (I had been to see him a week earlier as Owen had thrush on his bottom, another classic sign, and I had told him that he was drinking a lot. He asked if there was a family history, to which I replied no, he then said that he can't be that then!) Anyway he seemed very dismissive again, I had made a diary of the amounts Owen had drunk since the weekend he made no attempt to look at it. My mum then told him about the dipstick test results, to which he replied that you can't diagnose conclusively on one test and that there may be other reasons for it. Yet he made no attempt to arrange further tests. After some pushing he reluctantly agreed to write a referral to Paediatrics, and that was that!

Mum and I went home and phoned our GP friend who told us to take him to casualty. After getting another pee sample from him we went straight there, in A&E they tested the pee and remarked on how much sugar was there! They then tested his blood with the finger prick test (bless him he didn't even flinch!) and the reading was so high it was off the scale!

We were immediately transferred to the children's ward where they took a blood sample and he had a reading of 34.6 mmol/l! He was immediately put on a drip and fed fluids and attached to an insulin pump!

We were discharged on Saturday and we are still trying to get his levels sorted. On Wednesday I felt like my whole world had ended, and I still occasionally feel like why him, why couldn't it have been me! But he has it now and we have to make the best of it. I don't want his life to be dominated by this so I am trying to be as positive as I can be about it. But it is scary and sometimes I feel like I am coping and other times I am standing in Tesco's with tears streaming down my face because his most favourite foods aren't good for him anymore!

But I am grateful that it was diabetes, there are far worse illnesses out there that he could have been diagnosed with!

Isle of Wight
kate-chris_ AT

Published December 15, 2007

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