December 9, 2010

Our First Sick Day

Jaxson had been battling highs for a while. When I noticed his numbers normalizing for a couple days I felt like we were finally winning the battle. The morning started out as usual. Blood sugar check, carb count, insulin dose. Then came the words I had dreaded hearing since his diagnosis. "Mommy, my tummy hurts."

I urged him to finish his breakfast, but the most he got down was his juice. He cried because I wouldn't let him go to school, all the while refusing to eat and complaining of a tummy ache. Against his wishes, I sent his sisters off to school without him. He was pretty upset with me. Only minutes later we were making our first trip to visit the porcelain god.

I was scared, I'm not gonna lie. Scared out of my mind and I didn't want to do this alone. I texted Shelby at school to see if she could come home and support me in this first. She called home to say she was on her way. I was surprised by the tears in my eyes when I got off the phone with her. I wanted to burst. I pulled myself together, it was going to be a long day.

His blood sugar barely budged over 100 all day. That evening he went pretty high and we had to deal with ketones, but we were able to get that under control with a corrective dose of insulin and pushing fluids.

We survived our first sick day with D. I'm so thankful for Shelby's help and support through it all.

I've been thinking about other sick days Jaxson has had prior to his diagnosis. Influenza, RSV, colds, viruses. It was never so challenging to take care of him as it is now with D. Not only are you trying to treat symptoms of whatever bug is ailing them, but D will not give it a rest during this already stressful and tiring time. D has to go and make everything worse.. unpredictable... unmanageable.

I'm learning so much with every new first we go through with D. It will always keep us on our toes, guessing its next move. All I can do is continue to educate myself and always be armed for the battle.

On a side note, I ended up with the same stomach flu that Jaxson had. Kept me in bed for 2 days. Jaxson's wonderful D-sibs took care of him while I was out of commission.


  1. Glad you guys are all feeling better now Deanna. What a bummer. It took Joe 3 years post-diagnosis to get a stomach bug (thank goodness). Those are NO FUN AT ALL.

    It sounds like you are doing a great job with all of your "firsts"...keep up the good work.

  2. Ack! I am happy to hear a successful story. Well, other than you coming down with it eventually :(.

    We have yet to experience the joys of puking with D in the house. I cross my fingers and toes daily!

  3. I was so scared the first time Ally had a stomach bug. I still get that feeling of panic when I realize that she is throwing's really scary. Great job getting through it. Sorry you got sick though.


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