I’m upset this morning – not for myself or for our Type 1 Diabetes struggles but for another child. A child I do not know – have never met – but appears to have T1D. A five year old little boy who is on the verge of being very very sick…
I’ve been reading one of my T1D Facebook Groups this morning – a male posted a “serious question” regarding his little brother. EVERYONE in this group either HAS Type 1 Diabetes or a family member with it. He wanted advice about his little 5 year old brother … His mom was worried about some of the symptoms he was displaying so tested his blood sugar. multiple times of day – multiple tests and they ranged between 250 – 290 every single time. She called the doctor to make an appointment and the nurse (after speaking with the doctor) said that he was displaying NO RISK FACTORS for Type 1 Diabetes so she could NOT get a rush appointment..
A 5 year old little boy with blood sugars THAT high is NOT NORMAL. ..
Risk factors ? His older BROTHER is a Type 1 Diabetic and SO IS HIS MOTHER….
I am outraged and incredibly sad that it appears another young 5 year old child is joining this club.
Outraged because this poor mother knew the symptoms to look for – tried to get him an appointment and was turned away. A young child turned away that could be incredibly sick very very quickly.
Needless to say everyone in the group (so far 70+ comments) are ALL URGING him to get his little brother to the ER. He is in a different state and feeling helpless – If I were closer I would try to scoop that little boy up and take him to the ER myself and NOT take no for an answer…
I hope that is what this mother is doing.. I hope more than anything that this little boy is not T1D.. I breaks my heart to hear stories like this – even medical professionals seem unaware about T1D and how serious it is… I’ve heard MANY a horror story about adults in hospitals with doctors and nurses that are completely clueless and withholding insulin among other things..
Today I am crying tears for another child – I don’t even know his name – but I do know that his life is most likely going to change forever.