One of my nieces is in the ICU at Children's Hospital with newly diagnosed Juvenile Onset Diabetes. My sister says her kid had been losing weight since summer, and then this weekend began having vomiting and lethargy. She took her to her pediatrician on Monday, who thought it was just gastroenteritis (and that she was breathing fast because of asthma), and sent them home with instructions to push fluids.
My sister's "mother's instinct" kicked in, and instead of going home she took her child to the ER, where they found her blood sugar was over 500!, and that her bicarb was <5 (really bad). My niece is doing fine now, with fluids and IV insulin, but there is a long road to hoe ahead, with insulin injections, and fingerstick checking, and diet changes. Their family will never be the same.
Thank God the diabetes was found in time (those of you who know me know a sister of mine died from mis-diagnosed juvenile diabetes in the late 1960's; and I had hoped medicine had advanced some in the last 40 years). Any positive thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.
I think I'll be checking urines and blood sugars on all my "sick kids" in clinic, even more often than I already do now. It's so easy to do. And juvenile diabetes is a really bad diagnosis to miss.