11 July 2007

Crap

Dotter's antibody tests came in this evening, and it's clear she has Type 1 diabetes (the body’s immune system destroys the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin - no cure, requires injections of insulin every day).

She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes late last year, but despite changing to a low-GI diet and increasing her exercise, her blood sugar levels had recently suddenly got very high. She's also losing weight rapidly, very thirsty and so on. The doctors have always said there was a slight chance she was in the early stages of Type 1, and now it seems this bad story has come true.

Dotter has to cut short her holidays - tomorrow her Oma and I will each drive halfway and meet at Cooma. She may need to be admitted to hospital while they sort out what level of insulin she needs - I'll know more tomorrow morning. It was pretty awful having to break this news to her by phone, too... thankfully boyfriend M was with her, and helped pick up the pieces.

The irony? It's National Diabetes Week in Australia.

Despite all this I'm hoping to get to the Knit 1 Blog 1 opening! Damn it all!!

Thursday morning update : She should be able to avoid being admitted to hospital, although we're going to be frequent visitors at the Diabetes Unit for the next little while. First appointment is 4pm today. Thank goodness for knitting, hey? Time to get back to that Opal toe-up sock. Heading off to Cooma now... thanks everyone for your love and good wishes, and thoughtful and kind words.

19 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this...
    Have a safe and speedy trip - to comfort your Dotter and keep us posted as to her progress.

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  2. Oh crap! Well, thank God for modern medicine. They are making awesome strides in diabetes research these days. Dotter may even get to try the oral insulin or the patch instead of having to get shots. Best wishes, prayers, good vibes, whatever fits the best for you. It's all coming your way. dotter is enveloped in support and care.

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  3. Crap.

    I hope she responds to medication well, and fast. Maybe if she's already altered her lifestyle, she'll be able to handle this a little more easily? (Here's hoping!)

    Hugs to you both.

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry. Poor thing! You are having a crazy week. Very good stuff one day, very bad the next. It's insane! Poor Dotter! I'm so sorry. Hugs!!!

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  5. I am so sorry to hear about Dotter's diagnosis. My family is full of folks with diabetes and I am on the other end of the spectrum. It's no fun but with love and support (which I know she has in abundance), she will be able to do everything she ever did. Hugs and positive energy to you and yours.

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  6. I'm glad she has such a wonderful family network around her right now. (And that wonderful boyfriend!) I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

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  7. Oh Lord love you both!

    Not good news certainly, but I am sure that with love and patience, and good doctors (let's hear it for good doctors!)she will be able to cope.

    My mom was diabetic and did very well. In the end, she died of something completely unrelated to her diabetes.

    I know God will send you and Dotter what you need to weather this storm.

    Sending prayers for strength and healing!

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  8. oh that really sux. thoughts are with you both.

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  9. Thinking of you - a friends son is the same, diagnosed in his teens with Type 1 - he's stabilised and great - but with such love around her, how can she fail to imporve!

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  10. Bah Humbug, but nowadays it is very manageable. New treatments are popping up all the time!!!

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  11. Bugger and blast. What a LOT going on for you guys this week. Hope this adjustment goes as smoothly as possible for Dotter.

    Ooh and I'm in line for cards too. WIth all this excitement amongst the knitters, I wonder if there will be any left for the "public"?

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  12. Hope it all turns out well. And that sinces with the Dotter are able to be 'fixed' as well as they can be, as quickly as they can be.

    Will deliver hugs if I see you at the exhibition tomorrow.

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  13. Huge hugs to you both, what crappy news. I hope today's appointment goes well, my thoughts are with you all. xox

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  14. Well that's rottenest of news. When you pick up Othlon, send her my hugs and best wishes. There's a lot to get used to (a uni friend was diagnosed at 26!) and a lot to learn. Just remind her that there's no such thing as a 'correct' or a 'good' BSL anymore, just ones that will make her feel better than others. Trying to achieve BSL control is really hard work without having emotional values attached to a number! HUGS to everyone in the family.

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  15. Crap. Hope you're all dealing ok with this. The magic power of all our good thoughts will help, I hope!

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  16. Poor Othlon. I feel for her but as I said to you before, at least it's an answer now and should sort a lot of stuff out for her.

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  17. Damn sneaky body invaders. We'll put them on the hit list, too.!

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  18. having been through this with my only sib who was diagnosed with type one at 17, I can only say to be thankful it's now and not 20 years ago because there have been huge strides made in understanding and treatment. She's been picked up early and has an awesome network around her but it IS really difficult being diasgnosed at that age. Hugz for you both :] and have fun at the opening. Photos please.

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