The Diagnosis ~ Forever Changed

“I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.” ~ Two years ago today, our youngest child was diagnosed with T1D.

(Diagnosed 6-30-2015)

We thought our son was allergic to sugar.  It started out with a meltdown every time he ate sugar but his symptoms escalated from there. So we went out of our way to make sure he didn’t eat any sugar.  After having him checked, it turned out that he had a severe gluten allergy, so he was treated.

Meanwhile, we’re packing and getting everything ready to move to Missouri (from Arizona) so we wanted to have him treated and cleared of this allergy before we left.  But it wouldn’t clear.  After going back to our doctor to try to figure out what was going on with our youngest, blood work revealed higher than normal blood sugar and we were told to go to his primary care doctor ASAP.

(BTW~ He is two years gluten-free.  Blood work doesn’t reveal anything but his symptoms are still too severe to test for Celiac’s Disease.)

See my post “How I Cured My Food Allergies!”

Trying to get some dental work done before our move since I had a horrific toothache, I had an early dental appointment for 3 fillings and an extraction (turned into dry socket UGH!!!)  I picked my husband up from his last day at work, went to the doctor to make an appointment in person, headed home to be on the phone with realtors and the moving company until our doctor appointment later in the afternoon.

His blood sugar was elevated at his appointment so our doctor told us to go straight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and she would call ahead to let them know we were coming.

At the hospital, the doctor told us not to worry that with a severe gluten allergy and messing around back and forth with eating gluten and then going on a gluten-free diet will for sure mess with one’s blood sugar.  She said to relax while they do blood work to know for sure. 

She came back an hour later and said, “I’m sorry to say, that it’s Type 1 Diabetes.”  My heart sank!  My brother has T1D so I knew a little bit about what was involved but I was shocked at how much I truly didn’t know!

Our lives would never be the same.

We were in the hospital for 3-4 days learning everything we can about treating T1D and managing his blood sugar.  This would be our full time job from this moment on.  Jayce was 5.  

We watched them give him his shots and check his blood sugar.  We spoke to dietitians, coaches, doctors, and trainers.  We learned about T1D, blood glucose, the pancreas, carbs, math, calculations, how to figure out dosage and more.  They taught Jayce about T1D, they taught our older children about T1D, they gave our son gifts and toys and books and backpacks. They were wonderful!  They were helpful!  They educated us!

On the second or third day the nurse came in to give him his shot and stood there smiling at me.  I wasn’t sure what she was waiting for so I smiled back.  

“Are you ready to give him his shot?”  She asked me with a grin.  Ummmm….Yeees?  I wasn’t!  I was never going to be ready.  But I pretended to have confidence like I’ve done so many times in the past just by being a mom period.  Just grin and fake it.  Am I the only one who feels that way when it comes to parenting?

So I figured out the dosage and fumbled awkwardly with the syringe and insulin bottle, trying to get it just right with only the medication and no air.  I had an audience of nurses and our family watching me give our 5 year old a shot in the leg.  I pinched his little leg, got the shot ready, gave him the shot, Jayce moved his leg before I could give him the insulin so I had to poke him twice.  He said he didn’t want me to give him the shot.  I didn’t want to either.  But I did and we all survived WHEW.

In fact, my husband and 3 older children have all given him shots.  Jayce has given himself a shot or two but he’s not quite ready to do this on his own regularly.

While we’re thankful that there is a treatment and hopeful for a cure, this has been a challenge for our whole family.  It has only been two years but it feels like a life time!

I am weak and I lack strength.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40: 28-31

I am unsure of our future.

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.  Psalm 39:7

I lack faith.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

 

I am afraid.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  Psalm 56:3


~ Keeping his blood sugar in the safe zone is agonizing

~ Calculating carbs and figuring out his insulin dose is challenging

~ Giving shots with every meal is getting easier

~ Checking his blood sugar is annoying

~ Changing his Continuous Glucose Monitor is tough

~ Knowing how to treat highs is necessary

~ Treating lows is scary

~ Checking on him during the night is daunting

~ Worrying about him is constant

~ But God is our strength and gives us courage and hope

~ We are not alone

 


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How I Cured My Food Allergies!

 

I know what it feels like to have food allergies.  I had food allergies, my husband had food allergies and all 5 of our children have suffered with food allergies. “Had” is the key word here.  We had food allergies but we don’t anymore.

When my oldest son was about 3 months old (early 1994) we noticed he had severe stomach problems.  His doctor told us that he was allergic to my milk and asked me to stop breastfeeding him.  I didn’t want to stop nursing so I called the nutritionist from my OB doctor’s office who suggested that I stop eating all dairy products.  When I mentioned this to my baby’s pediatrician he said that yes, this was an option but most moms don’t want to eliminate dairy. (?!!) I did and his stomach issues cleared up.  HOWEVER: My son had chronic ear infections and was on a lot of antibiotics from that moment on.  He weaned himself around 9 months and I couldn’t get him to nurse anymore after that because of these infections (which is why my two oldest are 19 months apart haha!) His pediatrician wanted us to try giving him milk every 6 weeks to see how he did.  He didn’t do well but the pediatrician really wanted him to drink cow’s milk so we kept trying off and on, unsuccessfully, until he was two.

When he was 2-years old, I noticed that he started getting a rash around his mouth when he ate.  He would also get red and swollen eyes, stomachaches/pain and dark circles under his eyes.  I would eliminate foods from his diet trying to figure out what he was allergic to but those symptoms would always come back no matter what I did.  He would also get extremely hyper after he ate and wouldn’t sleep well. His doctor said that they don’t do allergy tests until age 10 and recommended Benadryl and Ritalin for his symptoms.

I ended up taking him to a homeopathic doctor who tested him – and he tested positive for a lot of food allergies.  He didn’t test him for gluten though because gluten allergy wasn’t a thing yet and he had no way of testing it (at the time, I hadn’t heard of a gluten allergy). It took me many years to discover that gluten was also a huge allergy for him. Once I cut gluten out of his diet at age 7, this made a big difference with his symptoms.  I had 4 more children and they ALL had food allergies! Gluten, dairy, corn, soy, nuts, berries, sugar and more. It was so hard and although they did better staying away from the trigger foods, they were never completely symptom free.

I even tried eliminating the foods from my diet when I breastfed them and exclusively breastfed for their first year. None of that helped to prevent food allergies.  They all got them, but they were all healthier and the ear infections stopped! So while this didn’t prevent food allergies, it helped have healthier, happier kiddos!

In 2009, I discovered that we can get rid of food allergies with acupuncture. We all had the treatment to have our food allergies cleared and our lives haven’t been the same!  YIPPEE!!  I also learned how to prevent food allergies.

Here are 4 steps:

1. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM OR FOODS

Food allergy symptoms can vary person to person and a person can even have a different reaction each time.  A reaction can start within minutes of eating the trigger food, to 2-hours and even 6-12 hours after eating the food.  Food allergy symptoms can include:

~Itching and hives

~Swollen eyes & dark circles under eyes

~Hyper-activity in children

~Crankiness

~Sleepiness

~Stomach-aches, nausea, vomiting,

~Heartburn

~Eczema

~Frequent infections

~Shortness in breath

~Wheezing

~Hoarse, tight throat; difficulty swallowing

~Dizziness

~Anaphylaxis

~And more…

If you suspect food allergies, it’s important to stay away from the food causing the allergies.

2.  GET TESTED

There are many ways to get tested for food allergies.  Our family got tested through our homeopathic doctor and our natural path.  We like doing the muscle testing because for us, it’s the most accurate (and it’s safe).  There are many ways to test for food allergies:

~Blood testing (unfortunately, not always accurate)

~Skin testing

~Muscle testing

3. GET TREATED

Talk to your doctor to see what the best treatment is for your situation. Our family was cleared with acupuncture through our natural path.  I actually discovered this by accident.  I went to my chiropractor (who is also a natural path) for a really bad neck-ache.  Because I was a new patient, he did a full medical history and exam and did an allergy test along with fixing my neck.  I tested extremely allergic to most of the foods I was eating.  I was shocked to learn that he could clear it with acupuncture and I was skeptical, to say the least.  I went back to get re-tested because I was afraid to try the foods, especially peanuts.  In fact, I was very hesitant to try peanuts, since that reaction was so severe, and went back twice to make sure I didn’t test allergic. I’ve been eating peanuts and other foods since and I’ve been fine!

FOOD ALLERGIES WERE UNCOMMON: When we first found out that our kids had food allergies back in the 90s, most people never heard of food allergies before.  We were a rare bunch back then and it felt like we were the only ones with food allergies.  Now that food allergies are more common, hearing that we had them cleared with acupuncture seems to be rare.  Hopefully, sharing my story will help many people be able to overcome their food allergies!

4. SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP

Digestive enzymes, acidophilus and papaya tablets can help to prevent food allergies (and can help with symptoms) along with having countless other health benefits.  We take them with each meal, whenever possible because we’ve had food allergies, we’ve had absorption problems causing vitamin deficiencies and these supplements also help our diabetic son (T1D) manage his blood sugar.  The digestive enzymes and acidophilus, we get from Melaleuca and the papaya tablets, we get from our local Sprouts store.


I hope this information helps you know what doctor to go to and what questions to ask.  If you would like more information about the doctor we went to you can visit his website here.  It’s worth looking into.

Here’s to a healthy 2017

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