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Not a fan of the attention, nor do I usually do this. But I sure could use some positive thoughts. My 18 month old son was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We have been in the hospital all day amd it sure has been rough. He was born 10 weeks early and we thought that was rough, nothing compared to this. Thanks for taking the time to read this. 

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Nothing but positive thoughts from me. I hope all is well. Terrible thing to deal with (I have had a number of students over the years who have been through it). However, you will be a great Dad who will help your child through all the obstacles that you will face. I know plenty of kids who have thrived and been successful with the diagnosis. Sometimes we are faced with problems that some people can't handle, but people like you will thrive. Good luck brother. You will do great. 

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Sorry to hear that and I can't imagine how stressful that had to be while they were doing the workup to figure out what was going on. Now onto the positive... the technology for managing type 1 diabetes is pretty incredible these days, and once they get it under control things will go from life threatening to a minor inconvenience. The three people I currently know with type 1 are all thriving. A buddy's son is about to enter high school and as active of a kid as you're ever going to see, a teenager I treated for a shoulder injury years ago went on to be all-league in baseball and play in college (nickname was actually beaties), and my nephew that works out all the time and is ridiculously jacked. Way better days are ahead.

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Thanks guys! They are starting to get his sugar levels straightened out and he is on an insulin drip as we speak. When he woke up this morning his sugar was at 507! Just checked it and its down to 174 :)

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Prayers sent. My buddy’s daughter grew up with that and she’s a go-getter and always has been. Judging by her personality and earlier posts above, it will make your son stronger and even more awesome. 

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Sugar down to 105. Playing with tractors in bed! :)

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Lifting.....I have it too but didn't come until later.  Some people I hear it goes away.  Glad you found out early.  All the best.

Oh...on a side note that may make you smile...I don't know now what wakes me up more in the morning.  A cup of coffee or that poke to check my blood sugars!!!

Have a great day.

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Kids will surprise you every day. Yes, even the little ones.  It's the parents who do the freaking out and worrying. 

Thats our job. 

Trust his doctors and your ability as as Dad. 

 

Prayer sent 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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Prayers sent. Hope everything gets better soon. I have been diagnosed as borderline diabetic in the past. It is since gone away. Maybe this will happen for him too.

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Prayers sent.  My lifelong fishing buddy was diagnosed type 1 when he was a child.  I remember going to see him in the hospital.  That was 45 years ago and he has lived well with it.  

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You have got my support. Modern medicine can work wonders. 

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I'm praying for your young son, you and your family.

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This is just a bump in the road of life.  Sure it's a setback, but not all is lost.  A friend and former coworker of mine is a Type I and has worn an insulin pump for most of his life.  He maintains a healthy diet and works out regularly and enjoys what life has to offer as much as anybody else.  He's a big outdoors guy like myself; a hunter, hiker, and fisherman.  You'd never know he was diabetic unless he told you.  My thoughts are with you and your son.

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15 hours ago, CroakHunter said:

My 18 month old son was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

I have T1D.  There's light at the end of the tunnel.  I wasn't diagnosed until my early 30s.  I was sick for about a year before that.  I was devastated to get the news.  Once I got my first shot of insulin, by the next day I felt almost completely better.  It was pretty amazing.  I wear a pump and use CGM.  I'm always here if you have any questions.  I also work with a woman whose daughter has been T1D since she was an infant, so I can always tap her for the dealing with kids, if needed.  Lastly, check out CGM in the Cloud group on Facebook.

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I know people with Type I and they are doing fine.

 

In fact, one of my best friends I met at LSU in the 60's was diagnosed with Type 1 his senior year. He went on to have a great career, got married, had two nice kids, and is now in his 70's and is doing great.

 

He also played high school baseball without any problems.

 

You and your wife will have to control the Type 1 with diet and shots and lots of checkups. The baby will do better than you and your wife so just hang in there and all will be fine.

 

 

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So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to your son and family.

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2 hours ago, Sam said:

You and your wife will have to control the Type 1 with diet and shots

To be clear, you cannot control Type 1 with diet, at all.  Period.  People with T1D cannot make insulin, the islets in the pancreas have ceased to produce insulin.  At this point in the game, an endocrinologist will probably prescribe shots of a slow acting insulin like Lantus for a basal (background) dosing, and a fast acting insulin like Novolog or Humalog for bolus (meal time) injections.  You will have to learn how to count carbohydrates properly.  To this day, it's a struggle for me.  I like to go out to eat, and don't like processed, packaged foods.  Often you are guessing how many carbs are in your meal, and correcting later.  Low blood glucose (caused by too much insulin) is far worse than high blood glucose.  Push your doctors and insurance to cover an insulin pump.  It's easier to do one injection kit every 2-3 days than 4-6 injections per day.  That pump, linked to a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) will really help you automate dosing, and get a picture of how his body processes carbs.  Speaking of treatments, there is a woman, that had islets made from stem cells placed on her organ sack/membrane that has been making her own insulin.  She has not received any insulin injections for at least five years.  A cure seems likely within our lifetimes.  The procedure requires surgery, but I'd do it in a heartbeat.  There's hope. 

 

2 hours ago, Sam said:

He went on to have a great career, got married, had two nice kids, and is now in his 70's and is doing great.

Yep.  I'm in better shape now at 47 than when I was 30.  I hike, kayak, skateboard, play drums, and even played in a wood bat/fast pitch league up until a few years ago.  Despite being called out in the Americans with Disabilities Act, diabetes isn't always disabling.  In fact, T1D seems more manageable than T2D, despite being what everyone calls the "worse version."

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one of the best football players i ever coached had T1. he was an amazing kid! i still see him from time to time. he is all grown up now with his own family and is doing just fine.

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Jay Cutler played in the NFL and has T1D.

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Thanks guys for the positive thoughts and comments. We are adjusting well to the new lifestyle and Hudson is doing great. He doesn't mind the finger pokes and shots as long as mom or I are doing them. 

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That's rough, but at least you now know before anything serious happened from it too. In many cases, type 1 diabetes can be controlled by proper insulin and people can go on to live normal lives. And remember while diet isn't going to fix or fend off type 1 diabetes, but certainly would help not make things worse as well.

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