Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 107

I feel like I havent really blogged much.  My kids are on Fall break, so we have been busy!!

Im just a couple of days Craig will have been diagnosed 9 months ago.. Can you believe it, it has only been 9 months...

I remember when Madi was dx just a few months after Craig everyone was like "well Craig was diagnosed like 6 months ago right?'

But it had only been 3 and a half months...

The more I think about it, I wanted to share the symptoms again..for anyone out there who sees them, but "isnt" seeing them...

Frequent urination:
Craig was having to go all the time.. He would be at baseball practice and have to go in the middle of practice..His coach would say "you're killing me Red!, fine, go "
To us, it was just an annoyance.. right after we would get in the car, he would have to go again!

 "why cant you go right before we leave?"
but the thing is...he did go right before we left!

We knew there was something definately wrong when I found that  the bed was wet...
I confronted him..and he just cried.. he was embarrassed and scared too because he too knew that something was wrong.. I just hugged him...then I called the doctor right away that day.

SO why do they have frequent urination?
This happens because the kidneys want to flush out the extra glucose in the bloodstream. Kids will urinate more frequently and in larger amounts. Sometimes bedwetting may be one of the first noticed symptoms as well. 

Increased Hunger:
Madi and Craig were SO hungry... This symptom was hard to recognize..We attributed it to "Craig is 12..he is a growing boy..he plays a lot of baseball..he isbusy.. of course he is hungry.."
It would be 9 pm and he would want a full meal!
Madi was the same, but again, we thought "oh, she is probably just growing"
We have NO family history of  Type 1 so had no idea or education about it or its symptoms..

Why hunger?
The body is not producing insulin..So the insulin cannot move sugar into the cells... The body cannot process glucose, so  these kids are literally starving... They are constantly eating.. but losing weight.

Increased Thirst:
Craig and Madi were always thirsty... and we even said maybe that was why they always had to go to the bathroom all the time..because they were drinking SO much.. But again..We did not know the symptoms.. we live in Arizona so we want them to always drink a lot of water!!

SO, Why thirst?
At this point, the body is doing all it can to get rid of all of the extra glucose.. since there is no insulin breaking that down.. The body is getting rid of the glucose by filling the then the body is thirsty again.. who knows how high the blood glucose is by now...

Other symptoms our kids showed were fatigue... but again..we dismissed them..maybe they are growing.. they are so busy, of course they are tired!
These symptoms are hard to recognize unless you know about type 1 and are "looking" for them.. because until they are excessive, they can be normal behavior.. tired..hungry, thirsty.. ya, all kids get like that!.

If yo have a "feeling"  I would say just get it checked out.. It could be nothing, or could be something.

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