Hi y'all.... new here and son with diabetes

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dano
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 2/17/2004 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My son, Dylan, was diagnosed with diabetes last summer.  (at age 4).

It seems strange to me, since I know of no one in our families that had this.  (I have something like 90 cousins, too!).

My wife's family was smaller, but don't know of any of her's with this, either.

He's doing good, but the "honeymoon" just ended, I think.   His BG has gotten harder to control lately, and his insulin doses are going up.   We had him in a clinical trial for "interferon" which is expected to lengthen the honeymoon, but he was evidently in the "control group".   (That is a sucky thing, to have a "control group" when a drug has already proven to be promising.... don't they already have enough data on how diabetes progresses????). :(

He's on a combination of "H" and "N", and handling it like a trooper.

Oh yeah.... and "Cigna" is a crappy health coverage option my company has chosen to go with!

Hope you all are doing well.

God bless,

dano

gschmitt
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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 2/20/2004 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Dano,

I never did like the idea of control groups. Getting everyones hopes up and then letting half of them down. It's good to hear that your son is handling his insulin treatments well. It sounds like you are working on getting your son into the habit of taking care of himself. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Gilbert
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Growing old is mandatory...growing up is optional.


dano
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 2/23/2004 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Gilbert,

Thanks for your prayers! Those are powerful! Saved my neck more than once, fer sher!

Sorry, I hadn't checked back here in a while. I did after posting, the next day, and didn't see any replies.

It takes a while to get a "constituency" built up, on sites like this, I guess. I'll have to try and find a few more of your posts... to see how diabetes has affected your life.

Dylan is checking his own BG on ocassion, now. It will be a while before he can give himself a shot, but that will come pretty soon, I guess. He's playing T-ball this year, so that should be an adventure.

Hope you are doing well.

God bless,
dano

gschmitt
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   Posted 2/24/2004 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
dano,

This board is not as busy as it could be. There are a lot of folks who come in here with knowledge and experience very helpful to others. I usually check in once a day but it seems that new messages only pop up once a week or so.

Good to hear that your son is checking his own sugar so he will be ready when it's time to give himself a shot. Hope he has a good season with T-ball. Be sure to have him carry his glucose tabs while being active in the warm weather. He will quickly learn to pay attention to his feelings in relation to the diabetes. I remember when my kids were his age. Now I have six grand kids from three to twelve years old of which only one is a grand son and not a T-ball player yet.

Gilbert
You only live once, but what you do now will determine how long that once will be.
 
Growing old is mandatory...growing up is optional.


Sweetheart3637160
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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 12/18/2004 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello My son has diabetes and he is 14. He has had it for 3 years now. Glad your son is doing good. My son's sugar stays high. All he wants to do is eat. well just wanted to let you know you are not alone. and I'm new here.
Kathy

devine007
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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 2/25/2005 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I've been type 1 for 23 years ( since i was 1). I still can't give myself a needle! But i do use something called an injector or inject ease. You put the needle in and push a button and it injects the needle for you. This might be something useful for your son. I think i started using mine when i was about 7, it is great!

Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 2/25/2005 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweetheart,
Check with your dietician about adding more fat to your son's diet to hold off the hungries. Also, I was part of a diabetic test group for Kelloggs Cereals at Michigan State University and we had some really awesome results in our blood sugar readings and management.

The test was to check the effectiveness of added fiber, specifically psyllium (can't spell it!) to the diet and it's effects on blood sugar management. I didn't understand all the ins and outs of the result data but the bottom line was psyllium taken after a starchy meal (or in the cereal that we tested) levels out blood sugar readings for about 3-6 hours. It doesn't restrict the absorption of the calories... just slows their getting into the blood stream so the blood sugar doesn't peak so high.

They were very excited about the results and mentioned that psyllium fiber may be added to a cereal in the future aimed at the diabetic population. They also mentioned that it could be added to pasta's (usually a diabetic no-no nono ) in the future to help diabetics with that as well.

As a result of the testing I have added psyllium to my diabetes management after any meal where I think I may have gone overboard on the starches. I disolve 1 heaping tablespoon in 1/2 glass of warm water and chug it down. I follow it with a glass of cool water. I buy my fiber at the dollar store after I found it contained the same ingredients as the big $13.00 can at the drug store.

You may want to discuss this option with your doctor and see if you son is willing to try it. The psyllium also helps with a full feeling so he may not want to eat as often. Hope this helps.

By the way, the study was at MSU and was under the Food Science & Human Nutrition, Human Ecol, Dept. It was in 2002 and was called the Type 2 Diabetes and Psyllium Study sponsored by Kelloggs.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn

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