My Baby is a Diabetic
Our spirits were better that day than they had been for a long time. Evidently our child was going to be all right.
Thanksgiving Day he slept practically all day. Actually this was a bad sign medically, but to us at that time; it meant he was getting better. That night he ate ravenous1y - he couldn't seem to get enough. This, of course, pleased us also. Eating and sleeping were signs of improvement to us. How wrong we were.
When he was carried back to the doctor's office the next day, Dr. Hoppe talked to me about his appearance, tel1ing me he realized there was definitely something wrong, and he was going to do everything possible to find out what it was. He said when a mother was as greatly concerned over a child as I was, there had to be something wrong, as a mother certainly knew her own child better than any doctor.
A urine test was then made. He asked what Byron had eaten for supper the night before and breakfast that morning. He explained there was a great deal of sugar in the urine, but that it didn't necessarily mean anything as this sometimes happened. After discussing this further, he advised a blood sugar test be done, to which I readily agreed.
This test took about an hour to complete, and during this time the doctor told me there was a chance my baby had diabetes. I of course, was completely staggered, as I didn't know a child could have this disease. I knew there was such a disease, but that was about the extent of my knowledge.
He told me that if Byron did have diabetes, it was a very serious matter, but if handled properly could be brought under control.
When the laboratory technician completed the test, it was discovered that Byron definitely had diabetes, and was in a very serious condition. His blood was so thick with sugar, it had to be diluted in order to test it on the machine. Dr. Hoppe told me that if this condition had not been discovered when it was, there was every possibility Byron would have lived only a few days longer.
He then explained the symptoms of this disease which are overeating, loss of weight and energy, and over urinating. All of these symptoms had been very apparent in my child for five weeks, but didn't mean diabetes to me, as we had never had any contact with this disease.
Also I learned that it is inherited to a great extent, which did not apply to my family as far as I knew.
Diabetes is a disease witch is very common in the age group of forty and above, unusual in children and rare in infants. According to statistics given by Dr. Priscilla White of the Joslin Clinic, Boston, Massachusetts, - "Only one child 1n 2500 contract diabetes in its clinically recognizable form under the age of 15, and these children comprise some 5% of all diabetics". 
- ^ R. Michael Smith, Pediatric Problems in Clinical Practice" Greene &. Stratton, New York, N. Y. 1964 . page 219, Chapter 11, The Diabetic Child.
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