Sunday, February 20, 2011

Did you know?

Before Thursday, my knowledge of diabetes consisted of what Dr. H talked about on Biggest Loser.

That's not true. I knew enough about the symptoms of diabetes that we were able to get Brooke diagnosed relatively early. She was sick, but not as sick as she could have been. I'm not sure where I learned about warning signs, but somewhere along the way, I did. And they stuck.

Did you know...

-that your pancreas, for the most part, makes the insulin your body uses...didn't you always wonder what the pancreas did?

-Type 1 Diabetes is an auto immune disease

-a person that has Type 1 Diabetes will always be insulin dependant

-that milk has enough carbs in it that diabetics have to count it as a carb

- that it is possible to detect the antibodies that cause Type 1 as early as 10 years before a diagnosis

-even though Mary Tutu is Brooke's identical twin, she only has a 40%-50% chance of becoming Type 1...that seems high to me, but not when you compare it to 100% you would think it would be with identical twins

- that researchers are in the process of developing an artificial pancreas...wouldn't it be awesome if someday Brooke could get a substitute pancreas that functions similar to a healthy one?

-that back in the 90's one of the winners of Miss America (or USA, whichever one has the swimsuit competition) was a Type 1 and participated in the swim suit competition wearing an insulin pump

- that until 1993 it was generally accepted that insulin was attacking the patient's eyes, circulation, kidneys, and causing other well known we know that lack of insulin makes it impossible for a diabetic's body actually use the sugar they are eating and it's the lack of insulin that causes all the problems

- to keep Brooke healthy we have to test Brooke's blood sugar 4 to 6 times a day

-there are people in government that want to tell insurance companies that they only have to cover blood sugar testing 3 times a day instead of leaving it up to doctors to determine what is best

- the scariest part of living with diabetes isn't blood sugar getting too's letting it drop too low


Carla said...

Thank you for sharing about this. I wondered what was going on when you were all so excited to be home together. Now I understand. We heard this morning in class. You will all be in our prayers. We love y'all.

Carrie Blair said...

I'm sorry this is your new 'normal', but I am also thankful that God made you and Honey as Brooke's parents. :)

Anonymous said...

I had no idea you all have been going through this. It is SO hard to watch your kid struggle with their health. Praise that you all are home and are doing better! Would love to help out if you need anything! Paige

Jennifer said...

Hi! I just saw that you stopped by my site. thanks for finding me. it sounds like we have a lot in common and think in similar ways. (love Beth Moore too!) our diagnosed daughter has a fraternal twin that everyone assumes must be diabetic too. (not even identical) love your facts about diabetes. so want to share with everyone I know too and end dumb questions. jennifer.