Fonticulus Fides

Monday, April 17, 2006

Happy Easter!

We're all well, all of us. Little Lola was the life of the party yesterday. (We ended up having all the family here as my husband's grandmother was admitted to a local hospital Friday. She's also fine & is going home today, but we lived closest to the hospital and everybody wanted to take turns visiting her throughout the day).

Lola had a little bit of a "fit" last night that was unusual in that she didn't seem like herself at all and was panicky and shaky. Then we connected it to the fact that she hadn't had much supper and it was already 8 p.m. After she ate, she was better. So we're starting to see a pattern that may indicate diabetes. My husband was adopted, but out of the very limited medical information he has, we know there was some diabetes in his biological mother's family. We're still on watch-and-wait with Lola, and basically taking extra care to make certain she eats on time, so her blood sugar never drops too low. She's incredibly thirsty these days, another sign. So it will be back to the doctor soon to run through the blood tests and see where she stands.

Part of me is fearful for her health, fretting that she's way too young to be saddled with insulin shots and regular blood-sugar testing. But overall, I am thankful that if it is juvenile-onset diabetes, modern medicine has made great strides in the last two years, and it is manageable.

Much thanksgiving today for my friend D, who was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church on Saturday night.



  • My dad's brother was diagnosed with type one diabetes (insulin requiring, formerly known as juvenile onset) at the age of 3 in 1941. Even with the primitive care available at that time, he lived to be 60 and had a very full life. My father developed his type one diabetes in 1965, at the age of 30. He is now 71 and he is probably dying of his disease - but he also has had a full life due partly to the wonderful technology that is available.

    I am hoping that Lola doesn't have this condition - but if she does, please feel free to pick my brain at any time. An excellent book is "The Diabetic Woman" by Dr. Lois Jovanovic - herself a person with type one diabetes.

    By Blogger alicia, at 5:21 PM  

  • Prayin, darlin.

    By Blogger Kitsune, at 1:02 PM  

  • Thanks to both of you. Lola is so darn normal these past couple days, it's hard to think that there might be something seriously wrong. Waiting for more signs to appear is NOT fun, but we are treating her as though she's borderline and really watching her food intake.

    Meanwhile, she apparently wants to potty-train and has taken to trying to change her own diapers, the crazy kid. Not so much fun with a poopy diaper, though...

    By Blogger Sparki, at 5:15 PM  

  • Is this the same daughter who appeared to have had a seizure? Hmm.. I'm confused!

    By Blogger Laura H., at 4:47 PM  

  • Laura, yes, same daught. The "seizure" wasn't a traditional seizure but something that happens to diabetics when their sugar levels are too high, whichis why it didn't fit enough of the identifying signs of seizures. When she had the "low" on Sunday, we put two and two together.

    So far, we've had no other signs of diabetes but extreme thirst for a couple days (accompanied by lots of pee), so we're still waiting & will have her checked for diabetes at her next appointment.

    By Blogger Sparki, at 6:18 PM  

  • Concerning, Sparki.. will pray. Hope it's not diabetes at all, but it's good she has such an observant mom.

    By Anonymous ro, at 4:02 AM  

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