Type 1 Diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes is not common. If a child has this, it means his/her immune’s system has destroyed the cells in the pancreas that would normally be releasing insulin. Without the proper release of insulin, the child’s body can not absorb gluscose.
There is no cure. It is not preventable. Your child’s life depends on YOU accurately and regularly monitoring his/her glucose levels. This child’s life depends on your time, energy and effort, even if you are not at your best.
In a “gripping late-night encounter shared by Dorrie Nuttall, we can certainly get a real glimpse of what it’s like to raise a child with Type 1 Diabetes. It is eye opening to just how dangerous diabetes can be.
Here’s her chilling Facebook post:
This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much more. This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy. Saving him from highs and lows and from ever feeling alone.
5 minutes before I took this picture we were all asleep. No alarms were going off, no one was checking blood, no one was thinking about diabetes, and it’s in those moments when our guards are down, when we are just living life, when we let our minds drift from diabetes, that it has the upper hand-and things can get scary very fast…but thankfully we have a Jedi.
Jedi jumped off the bed, then back on again, though I felt him do this I didn’t wake up. Then Jedi laid on me. I woke up. He jumped off the bed and half on and would not budge when I told him to get back up. I got out of bed, he bowed, Luke’s CGM said he was 100 steady. So I told Jedi we would watch and see, he bowed again (Bowing is his low alert), I told him to get up on the bed, he held his ground didn’t budge, he refused. Then I knew he meant business and the sleepy fog started to wear off and I began to think clearer. I suddenly was fully awake and I knew there was an issue. I pricked his finger and got this, 57 is way too low, and by Jedi’s behavior I guarantee he was dropping fast (he is still recovering from a stomach bug and anything under 70 is low).
Luke was laying right next to me, just inches from me, and without Jedi I would have had no idea that he was dropping out of a safe range. He has never woken up on his own for a low in over 4 and a half years. We are his safety net, he goes to bed every night, and although he doesn’t know it he relies 100% on us to keep him safe overnight. That’s why we check his blood sugar overnight, every night, and we have every tool, every monitor, and have spent everyday of the last 3 years training Jedi to alert to highs and lows, because type 1 diabetes is relentless and we need as much help as we can get.
Dorrie Nuttall goes on to add:
“it’s very easy to feel alone in a world that doesn’t understand all that somebody with type 1 diabetes goes through on a daily basis. So in that moment I decided I would take a picture so I could later share this story, because if we don’t share our stories how would anybody ever know that this is what my son and millions of others go through every single day.”
God Bless Dorrie, Luke and their real-life Jedi. I can’t imagine what they and other families who deal with Type 1 Diabetes go through every day. Please share and let’s help Dorrie educate others.