Awareness & advocacy · Signs & symptoms. · The beginning

This is why I blog.

The Facebook memories that are popping up from two years ago make me wish I better knew the symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) back in 2015. I vaguely knew the symptoms for Type 1 Diabetes- mainly extreme thirst and frequent bathroom breaks for Luke. I think knowing the symptoms of T1D is what saved his life,… Continue reading This is why I blog.

Awareness & advocacy · T1D 101

DKA.

In my last blog post, I shared about my hunch that Luke had Type 1 Diabetes, based on his symptoms. I was so fortunate to have not only heard the signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, but to have tucked them away in one of the cabinets of my brain. What I didn’t know was… Continue reading DKA.

Awareness & advocacy · family · The beginning

It’s bittersweet.

I love that Facebook shows “Memories” every day. It’s fun to look back and see what happened a year ago, two years ago, five years ago. Lately, though, it’s been bittersweet. The past week or so Facebook has reminded me of Luke’s last elementary activities as a 5th grader… his spring orchestra concert… end-of-year celebrations… Continue reading It’s bittersweet.

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Why I’m obsessed with talking about Type 1.

Because it’s flu season, and the symptoms of Type 1 can mimic the symptoms of the flu, I wanted to share just one of the reasons I am obsessed with talking about Type 1 Diabetes. When Luke was diagnosed last June, he had been thirsty for several weeks, as well as peeing a lot. It… Continue reading Why I’m obsessed with talking about Type 1.

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Before and after.

One of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes is weight loss. Because I see Luke on a daily basis, I didn’t really notice that he had lost weight. In the hospital he weight 85#. He had lost 15# in a month! I thought I’d pull up a picture of him in May, before all of… Continue reading Before and after.

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To the doctor we go.

June 13, 2015, Part 1 Luke woke up feeling worse than he ever has. His skin is gray. His cheeks sunken in. I have never been so worried about him in my life. I called and got him an appointment at 9:00 a.m. When it was time to leave, I had him take along a… Continue reading To the doctor we go.

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Luke’s got the sickies.

June 10, 2015 Luke went to a buddy’s birthday party today. He was enjoying what all kids enjoy at a summer birthday party- swimming, ice cream cake, fruit punch, giving gifts, and having fun. It was almost time to go pick him up and I get a phone call. Luke had just gotten sick. Of… Continue reading Luke’s got the sickies.

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Thirsty much?

June 3, 2015 Luke has officially graduated from Model Elementary! He doesn’t mention stomachaches much anymore. He is always wanting something to drink, though. Must be the warmer summer air. Of course, drinking all that he does, he’s always using the bathroom! We celebrated the end of the school year by going to a South… Continue reading Thirsty much?

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ISTEP jitters.

Every morning for the past week or so, Luke hasn’t felt well. “I don’t know what it is, mom. I just feel weird.” He didn’t want to eat breakfast. I chalked it up to ISTEP jitters. Even though he has never gotten nervous for standardized tests. The crazy kid actually loves them. Or maybe it was… Continue reading ISTEP jitters.