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momofcrazyboys2
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   Posted 6/7/2006 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i'm new here, i have been monitoring my 2 year old son for about a year now. We've had several scares with his readings. Some have been upwards of 250 in the morning. And then they will plummit to the 50's. I don't have any personal experience with diabetes, so I don't know how he's feeling and he can't tell me. I can usually tell when he's running high or low, but he's not on any medication, so when he sky rockets it's a trip to the E.R. I am just wondering what to expect, and what i can do to help him. He is also a special needs child so that kind of makes it a lot harder. Any help PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sad

Warren
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   Posted 6/7/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mom!
 
Well you hit the nail on the head.  Those crazy swings are a warning sign that your son may be a candidate for diabetes!  You should see and Endocrinologist that specializes in pediatrics.  Check the internet and see if there is a large hospital in your area with a diabetes clinic.  These sometimes have pediatric specialists that are just what you need.  They will be able to answer your immediate questions as well as give your son the examination and tests he needs to determine whats going on! I wish I could give you better answers but this is really where you need to start. 
 
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momofcrazyboys2
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   Posted 6/7/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Warren. Been there done that....We see a pediatric endo. every 3 months, he's very concerned because of his age, but just keeps telling me to test at home. It's so frustrating!!!!!!!!!!AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. We live in Illinois and he is the only ped. endo. around here, and I have limited finances, so it just makes it really hard. He also said that they can't consider him "full blown" until it's high for 3 days or more, but his a.m. readings have been high for at least 3 months. He said too that he's not concerned about what he eats just what he drinks, which doesn't mak much sense to me. We also see a geneticist every 3 months, and a nutritionist, along with all his therapy I'm tied on time. So I don't know what the next step would be. Thanks again for your comments....anymore would be appreciated!

CONFUSED & FRUSTRATED!
Melissa

desertdiabetic
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   Posted 6/7/2006 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Seeing that you are already seeing specialists and they don't seem to be too concerned then you have to look at why. I am the first to be critical of the medical profession when it comes to the treatment - but, when you get a doctor that specializes in diabetes and then specialiazes in children you have to think that he/she understands the problems as well if not better than everyone else. I guess this would not be the first specialists that was way off in a diagnosis, but there are other specialists envolved here. The high, and low, numbers you quoted are of concern and it is strange that your doctor does not show any concern about what your child eats, only drinks. There is a cause and affect with anything you injest. If you are not already keeping a detailed log - start. I would think a 2 years old eats only what you give them, or allow them access to eating on their own.

What does the ER say when he has a high blood glucose level? What do they do for him? Short of insulin what can they do? What do they do they tell you to do?

What does he eat, drink? Something has to drive glucose levels up as well as something has to drive them low.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x


momofcrazyboys2
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   Posted 6/8/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
You do have a good point about the endo. He does eat anything and everything, i had to put a lock on the fridge because of him just getting in there and trying to eat and drink everything. I do keep a log of what he eats and drinks. I only let him drink water and crystal light, he eats alot of veg. fruits. meat. pretty much anything. I have only found one or two things he wont eat. He is also over weight he's 43 lbs ( the same as my 5 yr. old) When we make trips to the ER they just keep him for observation and give him an IV with water to flush everything out, which is usually a short fix- usually the next day it's the same thing. They usually tell me when it happens to take him for a walk or some sort of exertion.

desertdiabetic
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   Posted 6/8/2006 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is a difficult situation - if he is diabetic then what he eats is directly responsible for this highs. I have never heard of a type 2 so young - Of course, there are type 1's of all ages. You would think your endo would understand this, even if they were "not all that good" they would be surely that good. Don't get me wrong - I don't see any need to evauluate your doctor on this forum. It sounds like the ER is telling you not to bring him in when he goes high - 250 is high but not in the critical range. Well, I say this thinking of adults and cannot speak about infants - though I think it is the same.

Veg's, fruits will drive blood glucose levels up. Is it possible to control what he eats? If he does become diabetic, type 1 or whatever, you will have to take control of everything he eats then. There is a direct cause and affect when it comes to food. You might consider charting not only what he eats but how much and test 2 hours later to see the numbers then, just the same as you would do for yourself if you were diabetic. In the end it might lay out a case for or against him being diabetic.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x


momofcrazyboys2
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   Posted 6/8/2006 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. His regular ped. said she has not seen a type 2 until they were 4 years of age. So hopefully that will be the same case for us. I am keeping track of what he eats and drinks and do test him 2 hrs. after he eats, it's usually around 197-200 and that's after lunch or dinner. In the a.m. it's like i said high when he wakes up then after he eats it goes way down, so it's kind of all over the place. It's hard to control what he eats, but i try to get him to eat 5 small meals, and a couple of snacks during the day, and no pop, no juice. The thing with the ER is they always tell me to take him back home-water-exercise, then if it's still high then to bring him back. Don't get me wrong I do like our endo. and I think he's good, but I'm just kind of frustrated right now, and can't get answers. Then our regular ped. is telling me not to worry about it too much, and that just makes me mad because he's only 2 and can't speak for himself.....thank you again
Melissa
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