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My Baby is a Diabetic



Arrangements were made for Byron to be admitted to the hospital immediately. He advised that Byron would probably be hospitalized for about two weeks, but after about one week he would be allowed up and could play with the other children there.


We immediately carried him to the hospital, where he remained for twenty-nine days, instead of the expected fourteen. He was by this time almost totally unmanageable, as this disease had completely changed him from a loving, sweet baby to a cross, bad-tempered child.


As his ear and sinus infections were so bad, he could not be treated as an ordinary diabetic. These conditions worked against him from the beginning. A specialist was called in for these infections. His right ear had to be lanced twice, and of course he was treated with combiotic shots. His insulin shots were started immediately, and he was put on a diabetic diet. However, he didn't respond to insulin as expected. He seamed to have a sensitivity to this drug.


The second day he went into insulin shock, and when discovered was unconscious and almost dead. The doctor tried giving glucose by vein, even inserting the needle into the skull where the veins are prominent, but his veins had already collapsed. It was therefore necessary to perform a minor operation above his right ankle to insert the needle for this life-saving fluid. He remained semiconscious until late afternoon.


It was sheer torture to watch my baby at this time. His hands and feet were strapped to the bed and weights used, as he had to remain immobile for this glucose treatment. It was heart-breaking to sit by his bed holding his thin, lifeless hand and watch him fight to regain consciousness. His eyes would flutter and open occasionally, but he did not recognize me until late that afternoon. The doctors assured me he would be all right and this was a temporary condition which was caused by too much insulin.


Insulin is vital for a diabetic, but when the proper amount of food is not consumed to take care of the insulin, it causes the patient to go into insulin reaction or shock, which if unattended can cause unconsciousness, sometimes convulsions and occasionally death.


Pancreas

The most important part of the early treatment of course is to find the proper amount of insulin to take care of the deficiency in the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas, located behind the stomach, does not secrete sufficient insulin to utilize the sugar and fat, which supply the body with heat and energy to function properly.


We had a food problem with Byron from the start. He simply refused to eat properly, making it difficult to regulate his insulin dosage.


For three weeks he hovered between insulin shock and diabetic comma. The right formula simply could not be found for his particular needs.


During his stay in the hospital I was being taught the diabetic way of life. My world was changed from the average mother of three small children, to a world of diet, insulin shots, and urine tests.




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