My almost 4 year old son has suddenly become this really cranky kid. Being that he was always such a good kid I tested his blood sugar tonight while he was asleep to make sure there was nothing going on. Me being the paraonoid mom who has been a diabetic since age 7. He was 142. That number worries me, its a little high. 3 months ago he was urinating a lot and I also tested his blood and it was also 140 and I brought him to his pediatrician and they checked his urine and it was negative for sugar. Should I be worried? Why does he run this high? He does like his snacks but tonight his last meal was 3 hours prior to testing, however he had a handful or raisinets an hour prior to testing, would those have affected a nondiabetic like that? Am I being paronoid? Does anyone know if 140 is ok for him?
My sentiments exactly, Jason! Many of Gary's comments tick me off, and I generally just let it go. But this is going too far! I have three kids, ranging from 10 months to 8 years. I didn't think twice about having kids. And if any of them develop Type 1, I'll know how to care for them!
Settle down Francis, I'm not here to argue with you. You have your beliefs and feelings and I have mine. Though I can't prove it I'd bet that more people that develop type 1 diabetes have it on one side of the family. Also I never said diabetics shouldn't reproduce but rather I have a hard time understanding why they would under the circumstance and associated risks. On a final note Diabetes doesn't have to cause depression (for some it will and others it won't) but for the most part it is a horrible life threatening illness that has ruined many lives besides mine. I believe I am still alive because someone is looking out for me and want's me to be around for the breakthrough in diabetes.
Well said Jason!!!! I've got a daughter who was diagnosed at the age of 11 with Type 1 diabetes and she's doing well now. She has 3 kids of her own. Most of Gary's comments are hurting ppl not helping anyone at all and I wish he would try and understand that. I don't answer back anymore too much but that comment was totally uncalled for!
Thanks for your support! Im taking him to his pediatrician in the morning
Please keep us posted. Hopefully the pediatrician will refer you to a pediatric endo. There is lots of research being done on how to preserve beta cell function. Even if he winds up needing insulin, preserving some beta cell function could help his overall control in the long-run.
Whether to reproduce or not when you know you have something that can be passed on is a very, very personal choice. I don't think someone is wrong for not wanting to have children because they have diabetes, but I also don't think someone is wrong for WANTING to have children.
My father was a T1 and, yes, I inherited his lazy pancreas. BUT, is my life horrible?? Absolutely not! I have a wonderful life, tons of things that I enjoy, and access to all the stuff I need to stay alive. In some ways, having T1 has made me SO MUCH stronger than the average person. I live life harder and strive to do many things simply because I know some folks think, "Ah, she's diabetic. She can't do that!" I have traveled the world, run marathons, and done a zillion other things that most "normal" folks would never dream of doing. OH, and I'm probably a 1,000 times healthier than the perfectly healthy person. Having T1 has made me much more aware of things like food and exercise than I probably would have been otherwise. Kind of ironic, but that's the way it is.
Another thing...there are plenty of non-diabetic parents who have diabetic children and plenty of T1s who do not pass the condition on. How T1D is inherited/passed down is largely unknown, as it what triggers it. It's not like other genetic conditions (cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, hemophilia, etc) where the pattern of inheritance is defined and well-known. That said, I don't think it's fair to tell someone they should not have children just because there is a small chance that their child will also have T1 (and the chances are actually very small, even smaller when the mother is T1 as compared to the father).
The fact is depression is much greater in the diabetic population then the non diabetic population. Its a very depressing condition to live with despite some people are OK living with it. Then again its fair to say that not everyone has the same symptoms/side effects so though we all have the same disease we really don't. I am very aware that many diabetics live the same type of lives as non-diabetics (not sure how though?) when it robs you of much energy and other things. As far as having kids as long as you know the risks its your choice. Many diabetics that were diagnosed back in the mid 70's were told they probably wouldn't live to a ripe old age so knowing that I have to question the mentality of reproducing. Then again some people are dumb enough to start having kids in their 50's. Also if you look at the stats about half the marriges today end up in divorce.
I have to say this...................My cousin decided to have her tubes tied to keep from passing on the D. She adoped a baby girl. Antway this child that she adopted wound up being a diabetic anyway. Debbie knew what to do and just done it for her daughter. I've heard b/f that ur just taking a chance on the gene pool and although both parents of this little girl were prefectly healthy (open adoption there she knew both the parents) and their was no sign of d in either family the child still became a Type 1. My uncle had his last child when he was 63 so it just depends on the person huh????
We have a 3 years old baby type 1, so we check sometimes her 5 years old sister.
Before breakfast she was 56 with a freestyle, 70 with BGStar, so good even if to the lower side.
His BG are a little high, you can only check again at fasting and do a full blood A1c.
If you find more and more "bad" data you and your doctor have to decide if keep going the food lifestyle he has now and wait and see if and when "it" happens, or if things are clearly toward the bad side manage him as if he were in his honeymoon and try to let this last as much as you can with diet exercise and (I don't know if possible now) pharma.
Wish you the best, you are doing good.
Have you thought of supplementing his pediatrician with an endo and taking your records to the endo? e.g., talk it over with your endo.
You are not paranoid. You're incorporating your experience like it ought to be. Urine testing 1is in any event, inappropriate. It never hurts to start moving his snacking to less spikeful items and his meals to non-breaded items.
The truth is if the kid has diabetes brewing there isn't anyone or anything that can save him. If its gonna happen its gonna happen. Maybe its nothing more then someone who is pre disposed to running a little on the higher side but still be prepared for the worst case scenario which is type 1 diabetes. Good luck and here's to hoping your son can avoid the wrath of total destruction.