Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday morning update

Thank you friends for your hugs and prayers and words. Your encouragment means a lot to me.

Joshua was stable last night - 2am numbers were in the 200s (not uncommon for him at this point - and much better than too low).

This morning - 87. Low for a morning reading for him. Ate breakfast. Couple of hours later, he said he felt "funny". 67. Too low. Juice. Tried to get him to eat a heavy snack and he just isn't up to it. Had some grapes.

I have an email in to his dr and will call if I don't hear back soon. Not sure if this is sickness, too much insulin/not enough carbs, or going into the "honeymoon period".

Someone had asked if this could be controlled by diet.  Joshua is insulin dependant. For the rest of his life or until they find a cure. (I know this and still writing it makes me tear up.) He will still need to work on diet (as do those with type 2), but he will never be able to stop taking insulin. His antibodies have attacked his pancreas and it is not able to produce insulin. This is one of the huge differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes.

He will go into a "honeymoon period" where his pancreas will give one last go of working. It will seem that he is cured and all is fine. This *will* happen, but we don't know when. Nor do we know how long it will last. This also makes me   One of the doctors told me that parents often call it "the big tease". Yeah, that seems about right.

In the midst of it all, I'm thankful we are close to wonderful medical care. I'm thankful for those that have figured out how to help Joshua so that we can learn to help control his numbers so that he can live and do the things he wants to do in his life. I'm thankful for an amazing little boy who is taking this so very well. I'm thankful that God is holding us through all of this. I'm thankful for family and friends that encourage, support and pray for us.

This is hard, but I still have so much to be thankful for!

Also Daniel is still sick.  He seems to be feeling a little better than last night, but is quarantined at the moment with a good movie.