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I’ve got too much sugar in my blood

09th June 2016

National Diabetes week 2016 runs from Sunday the 12th of June to Saturday the 18th of June. We bring you the story of Edward, whose Dad is the Club Manager at Lifestyle Fitness, Avon Valley.

“I’ve got too much sugar in my blood” Edward, Aged 4.

Matt writes; “In January of this year, Edward was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which is an auto-immune disease causing his Pancreas to stop producing insulin. Without Insulin the body has no way of transporting glucose (sugar) into its cells in order to produce energy. Instead it breaks down fats which releases something call Ketones, which turn the blood acidic and can make you really poorly.

“Over Christmas and New Year we had noticed that Edward was drinking a lot, weeing a lot and he was having mood swings. Now, as many of you will know, four years old are quite capable of having mood swings and melt downs, so we just put it down to the excitement of Christmas, but now realise that it was because his blood glucose levels were all over the place! The excessive thirst and weeing is the body’s way of flushing out of its system the glucose which cannot be absorbed into the cells.

“Knowing that these could be a sign of Diabetes or a Urine infection, we decided to have Edward’s urine tested. Within an hour of the test, we were in hospital with a whole team of amazing Nurses, Doctors and Consultants looking after Edward. Normal blood glucose levels are between 4 and 7 mmol/L but Edward’s were over 24! 

“It was like a whirlwind and we spent three days in hospital getting Edward’s blood glucose levels under control and learning how to manage them once we were sent home.  Since then we (and Edward) have had to continue to learn so much more in order to keep him healthy as he now has to have regular blood glucose tests (about 6-8 per day) and have insulin administered for life. 

“Originally his insulin was delivered by injection, but it soon became clear that this was not conducive to a healthy parent child relationship as we chased him around the house with a needle before every meal time! Edward now has an insulin pump which is a clever little machine which administers his insulin through a cannula and is a lot less stressful for all.

“It’s definitely daunting at times and can seem that his whole life is controlled by Diabetes and constantly balancing blood glucose levels with carbohydrate counting and insulin delivery. We are fortunate to have a superb support network through the hospital, family, friends and Edward’s school and it is important for us to remember and remind ourselves that given the correct management and care then Edward can achieve whatever he wants in life! 

“It seems amazing how little people know about a condition which more people have in the UK than cancer and dementia combined!"

The theme for this Diabetes Awareness week is ‘Setting the record straight’ and aims to put straight the myths and misconceptions associated with Diabetes. Click here for more information.