Sunday, May 18, 2014

Our Sweet Girls Health

We have been so blessed with Mikayla's health because of her prematurity. She has not had a lot of major health problems, had a pretty uneventful NICU stay. Almost one week ago [Tuesday of last week] I had taken her into the doctor for being sick [turns out she had RSC & double ear infection] and the doctor decided to do a full blood panel on her. Her glucose was pretty high, so they had me bring her back in awhile later to recheck it and it was still high. I then heard the words that I was fearing the most: Diabetes.

I was not sure how this would affect my sweet girl. Juvenile Diabetes at 16 MONTHS?!? What kind of childhood would she have growing up?

We were able to get into a specialist at Children's Hospital in Omaha the next day! The doctor up there thought that maybe this was due to her pancreas being underdeveloped from her prematurity. We go back up to get testing done on her pancreas in June to see what is going on with it. If it is due to her pancreas, there may be medications available to help, or a possible pancreas transplant. Since everyone needs one of those to survive, it is a harder one to get. The other possibility is that our sweet girl is diabetic and it is something that we will have to deal with.

So far she has been an excellent little patient. In fact, she LIKES to play with her glucose meter. She has done so good in letting us take her blood, she doesn't even cry anymore when we poke her to get the blood drawn on her little fingers.

So far we have been able to control it with her diet, which is a HUGE blessing. I'm sure she would be fine with insulin, I am not so sure I would be!