We always think of getting sick in the winter. You know, the middle of winter when it is cold out and "everyone" is sick. But here we are, only stretching into the middle of October and we are fighting some pretty severe illness already and from what we are seeing on social media and hearing from the doctor's office is that we are definitely not the only family seeing absences from school already!
Both of our daughters have missed school.
Unfortunately, our type 1 diabetic daughter has suffered the worst of it at this point. What started off as a cold has now progressed to pneumonia.
This is the second time since her diagnosis of T1D that she has had pneumonia.
When you or someone you love is diagnosed with T1D, you are barraged with a new education on the disease - in a very short amount of time. You learn how to give insulin shots, you learn how to count carbs (you learn what a carb is!), you learn what hyper- and hypoglycemia is and how to treat it and the list goes on and on. And also you learn about sick days. Sick days with type 1 diabetes becomes something completely different than what you are used to. Sometimes when a T1D becomes sick it doesn't necessarily change anything - blood sugar levels remain fairly normal and all is OK. Although, other times, all hell can break loose and you have to go into "damage control" mode. You live to get those numbers under control although it seems that no matter what you do you can't get those numbers under control. Getting sick for a T1D or the parent of a T1D can be a very scary time. There is certainly a heightened level of awareness of illness, and subsequently stress around cold and flu season.
This illness for us began about two weeks ago, which is why you haven't seen any posts from me (I apologize). I would have to say that normally we are pretty lucky (knock on wood). Normally when our D-girl is sick we don't see much of a fluctuation with her blood glucose numbers. But this time was different. Her numbers were all over the place from the start. We rode the BG roller coaster all day every day for about a week and a half. And no matter how much you try to tell yourself it isn't your fault, it still makes you feel bad that you can't control it better. She missed a few days of school but her lungs were clear. OK then, back to school. Few more days pass and her blood sugar levels actually start to moderate. BUT, the cough just will NOT go away. In fact, I just could not shake the feeling that it was getting worse. So, I took her back to the doctor, even though she did not have a fever (which is usually a sign of a pneumonia - which is the first question the nurse asked me when scheduling the appointment when I suggested it might be pneumonia). I firmly believe that parents must always trust their instincts. Sure enough, there it was - the pneumonia on her left side.
After learning she had Pneumonia we left the doctor's office and headed over to pick up a special present. A "hello kitty" that she had been eyeing up. Because, of course, during the x-ray we removed the continuous blood glucose sensor to avoid risk of damage from the radiation (just to be on the safe side). She dislikes having these put on so as if it wasn't bad enough that she has pneumonia, but now she has to have the CGM sensor reapplied!
And, of course, being home for a few more days, we needed to stop in and pick up the series of Harry Potter movies!
I will take this directly from my post on Berks T1D Connection's Facebook page from today:
For a variety of reasons, people with diabetes are thought to be at higher risk for getting infections. As we head into cold and flu season, this becomes a concern for those living with type 1 diabetes. This is because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight illnesses.
Vaccination is the Best Protection against Flu.
CDC recommends that people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are 6 months and older, get a flu shot. (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to people with diabetes.)
People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of developing pneumonia from the flu.
Please, friends, protect yourselves and those around you by getting vaccinated! It could very well save a life!
CLICK HERE for more information!