Not sure how many of you are on here anymore - I see a lot of you on Facebook but I didn't want to post this on such a public forum.
We received the sad news today that Grady has Type 1 Diabetes. :( We had noticed over the past 6 weeks or so that he had been VERY thirsty all of a sudden. He would ask for a glass of (anything), down it, then immediately ask for more. He would drink 3 glasses of water before breakfast ... it was strange. He'd started wetting his bed at night again too. But halfway through that 6 week period, he got the stomach flu, and (I guess because he wasn't eating or drinking much due to feeling sick) the excess drinking and peeing stopped for 10 days or so. But about 2 weeks ago, it started up again. We had been tossing around the whole question of juvenile diabetes almost from the start, and even asked our pediatrician about it when we saw him for something different a month ago. But at the time, he just wanted to know if he was losing weight, and at the time, we didn't think he was. So he said not to worry about it.
But today we went to a family Christmas party, and while there I mentioned to one of DH's aunts that I was a little concerned with all Grady's drinking and peeing. She replied that DH's grandmother who had a sister who had 7 out of her 11 children with type 1 diabetes (and it has a genetic component.. this was the first we'd heard of a family connection!). So we stopped at a walkin clinic on our way home, and they (with a lot of cajoling) agreed to prick Grady's finger and test his blood. His blood sugar was 33 (supposed to be between 4 and 7). They sent us to the children's hospital immediately.
He weighed 38 pounds today, and I posted on his third birthday that he weighed 39.
So after a big workup, they think that he does indeed have juvenile diabetes. Because we caught it relatively early in the disease process, his electrolytes were still good and he was relatively healthy, other than the high blood sugar. So they let us take him home, rather than admitting him - which would be the usual course of events (I think they also try to be flexible so the kids can be home for Christmas if at all possible). He got a small dose of insulin and a dinner in the hospital, and we have to go back first thing in the morning before he eats or drinks anything to get a new blood sugar level and a new dose of insulin. Not sure what the plan will be for Christmas day and boxing day.. maybe the same thing.
After that we will be enrolled in their education program to learn how to live with/deal with this disease. They say it's quite a learning curve and quite a change. I'm beyond sad... although I do realize that nowadays juvenile diabetes is not necessarily life limiting. It will most certainly be a loss of spontaneity though, and a need for constant vigilance that I think will be difficult for all of us.
Not sure what to do with all the little treats I've already bought for the kids' stockings.. I can't exactly give the older 2 chocolates and give Grady none...