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My Baby is a Diabetic

After three days, he advised that Byron would improve more at home, as he was picking up one infection after the other in the hospital. In his present condition, be was very susceptible to any disease.

Byron was dismissed from the hospital on Christmas Eve. This was the nicest Christmas present our family could have received. Tears of joy were shed that happy day. The two girls aged four and seven, were thrilled to have their baby brother home for Santa Claus.

The first few months were very trying, but before too long his schedule worked into our routine remarkably well. Gayle and Janis have been wonderful to help us. They understand his condition and accept it very well. They are very thoughtful in seeing that other children do not give Byron anything to eat. Also when they have a treat, Byron is included. Of course, his treat is a banana, apple or anything permissible which can be worked into his diet.

Every two months he is given a blood sugar test, one before eating and another one or two hours after eating. The doctor keeps a close check on his diabetic condition, and any change, however slight, in his diet or insulin is strictly under his directions.

Byron has to be watched constantly as he is not old enough to tell us when he feels the symptoms of an insulin reaction. One day recently he went into shock very suddenly and stumbled across the room, falling against a door bruising his cheek rather badly. On one other occasion this happened and he fell twice before I realized he was having an insulin reaction.

When these reactions occur, the diabetic is immediately given sugar in its direct form, either in orange juice, candy or any form readily available. If the food or liquid cannot be retained by the diabetic, he is immediately rushed to the hospital where glucose is inserted by vein.

We have been very fortunate in catching these reactions at the beginning, and he has responded nicely each time. Within fifteen minutes or less, Byron is back to his normal self. Any time he acts abnormal -- undue crossness, temper, blurring of the vision, or perspiring heavily, his urine is checked and if there is no sugar present, he is given something sweet before he can go into shock. Although a mild insulin reaction is not too harmful in itself, too many reactions may lead to serious complications later.

All diabetics are more susceptible to infections than normal individuals, and it is necessary to guard against these infections as much as possible. When there is an infection, the doctor must be called immediately and treatment begun at once. During this time, a diabetic tends to run more sugar as any illness works against his diabetic condition. Usually more insulin is required at this time as the body must be kept as free from sugar as possible.

He is a year older now, and I am a year wiser concerning diabetes. His shot is given the first thing every morning, his food is weighed, and a complete record kept on his diet, shots and urine tests each day. His diet is good, varied and body-building.

I think the word "Happy" best describes my son today. He is a normal, well-balanced child. His discipline is the same as the other children.

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