Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sick and Tired

Riley was unusually cranky all day Tuesday. But, he’s four. He’s allowed to have a bad day.

His sugars had run pretty good all day, about like usual. At supper he was a nice 99. We went out to eat at a local Italian restaurant. While I’ve pretty much got a combo bolus figured out for my homemade spaghetti, restaurant spaghetti is somehow a whole different animal. So, I expected he might be a little high later.

At 9 PM, he was 268, higher than I want to see, but like I said I kind of expected it.

At around 11 PM he started complaining of being cold and started to shiver. A check of his temperature revealed a fever of 101.3

Even though I’m sleep deprived already, I got even less sleep Tuesday night. He got Tylenol and Motrin throughout the night, only to wake with a temp of 102.7.


When I tested his ketones, they were large.

Even better.

He had run around 220 all night except at around 5 AM, he dipped down to 171 only to be up to 256 when he woke up.

He had no complaints except a headache.

I went ahead and took him to the doctor. I don’t usually rush my kids to the Dr. for a fever, but Riley is different. The last time he ran a temp and had no symptoms, he had an ear infection that required antibiotics.

I wasn’t taking any chances.

The Dr. couldn’t find anything wrong. They even tested his urine to make sure that he didn’t have a UTI. All they found in his urine was sugar.

He didn’t have ketones anymore. They had cleared out by around 11 AM.

Diagnosis? “It’s a virus.” Hmm, the doctor probably has no idea what the word virus means to me. A virus is what started the whole sugar fiasco in the first place.

The virus can bite me.

His sugars hovered in the 220-230 range yesterday, even though I kept correcting them. He spiked up to 372 once, but came back down to 220 fairly quickly.

He slept a lot and ate very little. Scary. He’s never still, even when he’s sick. So, to see him just lie around is a little unsettling.

This morning he’s about the same. I kept Tylenol and Motrin in him again all night. His sugars stayed in the low to mid 200s and his temp this morning was 101.4.

I’m just praying this all goes away soon. He just feels so bad.

Oh, and diabetes, it can bite me too.


Vivian said...

Penny, Big hugs sister. I hope Riley is feeling better soon and you can get some rest as well. I hate when the doctors say ummm it is a virus. It just makes you feel helpless. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Kris said...

Poor little guy and poor you too! Being sick is no fun and it's no fun for us parents to have to see our little ones not feeling well. I hope he starts feeling much better soon. (((HUGS)))

Carey said...

Damn, that stinks! Sending some positive thoughts your way. I hope the fever breaks soon.

Tom said...

Ack! I hate when doctors just give some vague diagnosis! Especially when it involves a type 1 and the words "auto-immune" or "virus".

Oh, by the way, you can only add a link to my site if I can add a link to yours. I'm always looking for more perspectives on this disease and everyday life.

I hope Riley is feeling better soon!

Penny said...


Feel free to link-away.

And thank you everyone for your well-wishes.

Scott K. Johnson said...

Major suckage.

I hope that he is feeling well soon and that you are able to get some well deserved sleep!

prayergal said...

I hope Riley is feeling better. Granny told me he is sick. Keep your chin up Penny, trust God, He is in control. I hope Holden's ankle is healing quickly.
Love you,
Aunt Linda

Keith said...

I know what you mean about restaurant spaghetti, we ate at Johnny Carino's the other night and it took 3 boluses to finally chase down that angel hair pasta.

My SIL uses the term 'bite me' frequently and I laugh out loud every time. Your right viruses and diabetes can 'bite me' too.

Hope Riley feels better soon!

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Penny I hope Riley is doing better?! And you, how are you doing? Getting any sleep yet? Here is a ((((HUG))))) to help you along.

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