Friday, June 26, 2009

Fri afternoon update on Joshua

Thank you for your prayers!!!

I did talk with the doctor.  The plan is to watch his blood sugars and to check them every 2 hours if they are far from normal.   More opportunities to practice. 

The blood prick at 12:30 went pretty well.  I still had to do it 2 times.  The first couldn't get enough blood (I think I was too close to the center of his finger), the second one worked like a charm.  We did lots of warming and massaging.  I'm hoping that the second one is our new track.  :)

I talked with Joshua about how brave he is.  We talked more about the verse God gave us the other day - Joshua 1:9.  We talked about how God had to tell Joshua 3 times to be strong and courageous.  I don't think that this meant that Joshua had no fear.  Certainly being brave does not mean that there is no fear.  It does mean doing what you are called to do in the face of your fear.  We are both having to do that as we learn how to manage his diabetes.  It is a learning curve for our whole family. 

Something neat happened today that I know was God just reminding us of His love for us.  After his blood draw, I brought up a card that he had received in the mail.  On the front of the card was a verse ... Joshua 1:9.  We talked about how  God sometimes gives us the same verse more than once because He really wants us to hear it.  I love that!  Thank you to the GAA staff for sending this sweet card!

His numbers at lunch were good (in the normal range in fact!) and he hasn't gotten sick again.  I just gave him some toast, so we'll see.  I also checked his ketones which were small.  This is another thing to keep an eye on so that he does not go into DKA (long name for too many ketones in urine while having diabetes).  It is something that would send him to the hospital.  They were surprised that he was not in this state when we brought him in.  He would have been had we come in later.  Thank you God.

I'm hoping we can manage this and that it will pass quickly.  Wondering if it is viral or a reaction to something he ate?  Not sure how I would know either???  How soon would something like that show up?  And is it different if he is newly diabetic with his numbers still really fluctuating greatly!!!  (Differences of more than 250 in just a few hours)

That is probably a good question for the doctor.  I'll update as I can.  Need to go check on my boy and try to get something to eat myself.  Also have a few others calling out to me.  More later.

Thank you for your prayers.  God is good!



Joshua is throwing up

Could you pray for us as we learn how to manage yet another new thing?

My son Isaiah was throwing up 2 nights ago. It wasn't too bad for him. Joshua obviously has a lot more going on. I'm reading my book on sick care and I know we can handle this. It's just a little scary and I'm trying to be brave and strong for Joshua. He is handling everything so very well. I know though that this is hard for him too. He feels crummy right now.

The finger poke went better this morning though it still took me two tries. I will be using some of y'alls tips to help in the future - thank you!  I know that this will get easier, but may take some time.  I'm not a medical person (though I've learned a lot in the last few years).

I've called the doctor and am waiting for a return call. Will post more as I can.

Thank you for your support and prayers!!!   
I do greatly appreciate your encouragment!  There is so much that is new and I'm still learning.  This diagnosis is just 4 days fresh and it's a bit overwhelming at times - for all of us.  All of the comments here have been wonderful.  Thank you.

Will update more as I can.

UPDATE 1 - 45 min after throwing up, he also has diarrhea.  :-(  He is miserable.   Thank you for praying for him.