Monday, June 25, 2007

If you are so inclined

If you are the praying type could you spare a minute? My Husband's cousin's little one , Elsie is 19 months old. A few days ago Melinda her mom told me that Elsie was peeing so much at night that she was soaked head to toe in the morning. They (Elsie's parents) have family history on both sides of diabetes so I told Melinda that it wouldn't hurt to have her blood sugar tested, even though her 18 month check up was normal.

Well, they took her in today and her blood glucose was over 600, they rushed her to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. When they got there it was 427. For A normal blood glucose for a toddler is 100-180.

They are staying over night, it may even be for a few days so that the doctors can be sure that her blood sugar is stable after finding just the right dose of insulin For Elsie... and also, Jason and Melinda will need to learn how to test her blood glucose several times a day and give the appropriate amount of insulin.

I am hoping and praying that her poor little body responds well to insulin and she becomes stable soon, and that her mom and dad can get used to the idea of treating and maintaining her illness for the next 17 years- including diet management and exercise.

I think though - despite the fact that I'm an LPN/LVN and have done thousands of sticks on patients for glucose testing and insulin- from a mom's stand point, it will be hard for her to have to stick her baby. Elsie isn't at an age where her illness and need for shots can be explained easily, and having to poke her 2-4 times a day will be very hard for them.

So if you wouldn't mind, please say some prayers for Elsie and her parents Jason and Melinda. I know that they would really appreciate any prayers they can get right now. Thanks guys!

17 comments:

Slackermommy said...

Look at that beautiful baby! Absolutely I will pray for her. My little one is 18 months old and I can imagine how difficult this would be. I'm a nurse and I still would have a hard time sticking my baby. At this age they just don't understand.

alisonwonderland said...

Elsie, Jason, and Melinda are in my prayers!

maggie said...

Elsie and Family are in my prayers. She is adorable ! I can't imagine doing it - giving my daughter medicine at that age required two adults I can't imagine anything else.

Ash said...

You have my sympathies and prayers

Not So Anonymous Michelle said...

Elsie, Jason and Melinda are in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine how difficult this would be!

wolfbaby said...

That is just plain horrible all around the poor sweet adorable baby... and the parents gotta be a hard place to be... prayers for them all.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness she talked to you about it! Scary stuff, and we'll certainly keep them in our thoughts!

Jen (Factor 10)

Virginia said...

Poor little baby...she's so cute! Will definitely keep them in my prayers.

Holly Schwendiman said...

How scary! I hope she pulls out of it okay. Blood sugar levels are nothing to play with!

Hugs,
Holly

Karmyn R said...

Damn - so unfair.

I will keep her in my prayers.

Dorky Dad said...

Wow, that's tough. I'll say a prayer for them!

crse said...

They are all in my thoughts and prayers. If its any consolation, my best friend went through this with her little girl and it got much much easier. Which of course brings up the sad fact that no child should ever have to get used to being stuck with needles.

Daddy Forever said...

So sorry to hear about Elsie. I hope this has a happy ending. I will send a prayer her way.

Pamela said...

I've heard of some clinical trials recently -- that was promising.

pray for a CURE!!!!

Karianne said...

Those eyes are so striking. Poor baby.

Marci said...

Sis... The power of prays is an amazing thing and free to all of us. I will add the family to our prayer list.
Love ya
Marci

ella said...

That's so hard. Hoping they all adapt very quickly.