Wednesday, December 30, 2009

sliding down hill very fast!

I know that you all had great times with family and friends,
I know we did.
Just to keep things short and to the point Christmas with the kids and the YaYa's ( grandmas) was great.
Now here comes the but-
Our son-in-law was hospitalized with very high blood sugar.
He went on the 27th but should be coming home today.
He will have to go on insulin and watch his diet, but should be fine as long as that is all taken care of.
If you don't know the what to look for diabetes here are the signs:

Frequent trips to the bathroom:
Are you visiting the bathroom much more lately? Does it seem like you urinate all day long? Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood. If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can't filter glucose back to the blood. They become overwhelmed and try to draw extra water out of the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps your bladder full and it keeps you running to the bathroom.
Unquenchable Thirst:
If it feels like you can't get enough water and you're drinking much more than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. If your body is pulling extra water out of your blood and you're running to the bathroom more, you will become dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace the water that you are losing.
Losing Weight Without Trying:
This symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. In Type 1, the pancreas stops making insulin, possibly due to a viral attack on pancreas cells or because an autoimmune response makes the body attack the insulin producing cells. The body desperately looks for an energy source because the cells aren't getting glucose. It starts to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy. Type 2 happens gradually with increasing insulin resistance so weight loss is not as noticeable.
Weakness and Fatigue:
It's that bad boy glucose again. Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin is supposed to help it transition into the cells of our body. The cells use it to produce the energy we need to live. When the insulin isn't there or if the cells don't react to it anymore, then the glucose stays outside the cells in the bloodstream. The cells become energy starved and you feel tired and run down.
Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet:
This symptom is called neuropathy. It occurs gradually over time as consistently high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system, particularly in the extremities. Type 2 diabetes is a gradual onset, and people are often not aware that they have it. Therefore, blood sugar might have been high for more than a few years before a diagnosis is made. Nerve damage can creep up without our knowledge. Neuropathy can very often improve when tighter blood glucose control is achieved.
Other Signs and Symptoms That Can Occur:
Blurred vision, skin that is dry or itchy, frequent infections or cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal are also signs that something is amiss. Again, when these signs are associated with diabetes, they are the result of high glucose levels in the body. If you notice any of the above signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you if you have reason to be concerned about a diagnosis of diabetes.

If we had not been clued in things could have been much worse.
If you don't know them you might think you loved one is on drugs.
It took me two days to clue in and say something to him.
Then our daughter and son convinced him to let her take his blood sugar.
To say it was through the roof is an understatement.
Fortunately Anna is dealing with gestational diabetes and was able to bring his numbers down and drive them back to Virginia and get him in the hospital.

I must say that other then that the trip was great.
I will leave you with a few pictures and head out to the studio.


Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about your son - in - law's troubles. hope he is well soon.

Linda Starr said...

Hope your son in law does better, diet is real important to keep diabetes under control - not skipping meals and eating the proper things.

Shortstuff said...

Bummer...Hope 'Tiste is better. The fam get together looks fun, though. Glad you were able to get together with the kids.

Annapants! said...

Diabetes is no joke. Take it seriously! I'll lecture anyone that will stand still!
PS. I know Tiste appreciates all the care you and Dad showed for him.