These 2 pictures were taken only 4 months apart.
The one on the left was from Christmas morning (December) and the picture on the right was taken at our very first JDRF Community Kick Off (April).
Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes smack-dab in the middle of both pictures in February.
I hate to think what would have happened to our extra sweet Cara if we had not brought her to the ER that day in February. You see, we knew that she was sick, we just did not know with what,
NO ONE KNEW!
We had brought her to 3 clinics and 1 appointment with her pediatrician and NO ONE knew the symptoms.
We saw the symptoms, we explained the symptoms BUT NO ONE, not even 4 different doctors put 2 and 2 together until the ER visit and thank GOD they did because if they did not Cara may not be here today.
Cara was so sick in February that we later learned that one of our wonderful diabetes clinic nurses who has worked with many, many diabetic clients had to leave the room after taking one look at Cara. She was in disbelieve, she immediately turned to the doctor and told her to run more test because diabetes does NOT look like this she said, diabetes does not do this to kids she said, there has to be something else wrong with this little girl.
And guess what... DIABETES does do this, diabetes did that to Cara.
There is not a day that goes by that I wish I KNEW and UNDERSTOOD the SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of type 1 diabetes. So I really would love for you all to read these signs, read these symptoms and know what type 1 diabetes looks like.
Warning signs of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly):
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Sudden vision changes
- Sugar in urine
- Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
- Increased appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Drowsiness, lethargy
- Heavy, labored breathing
- Stupor, unconsciousness