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Alarming episodes of hypoglycemia--low blood sugar levels--are a source of real concern to parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Because hypoglycemia can have serious consequences, it requires careful, ongoing vigilance and management not only throughout the day but also at night. It is not unusual for parents to discover that in the middle of the night, blood sugar levels might drop to levels they were previously unaware of.

When my son, Warren Jr. (picture was taken one year before he died) used to have these episodes, they would scare me to death. Often I slept very little throughout the night, because I never knew when his blood sugar would drop and he would wake up in a full diabetic seizure.

If you've never seen a person in a diabetic seizure, brace yourself for what you are about to read.

While asleep, his body would become rigid as a board. Moaning, grunting, even gritting of his teeth while saliva or foam would come from his mouth. He would have no knowledge later of what happened, his only memory would be what I told him, if I told him anything about the episode.

Warren Jr. was a brittle diabetic. Being diagnosed at 9 months old, it was very difficult in the beginning to get his blood sugars under control. Often he would be hospitalized twice a month at Detroit Childrens Hospital.

It was very frightening to have to give your baby two shots of insulin a day just to keep him alive. As a young mother, I grew up quickly.

Warren Jr. lived a vibrant, full life. His 23 years on this earth were not spent in vain.

I lost my son April 28, 2005 at 2:25AM. He died of a massive heart attack due to his diabetes.

Even though Jr. was diabetic, had lost sight in his left eye, was on dialysis and suffered from high blood pressure, he was still a joker and avid sports fan. He wanted to be a pro basketball player who also owned a video store. He wanted to have a mail order video store, something unheard of 10 years ago. Now, there is GameFly. Whenever I see that commercial on TV, I smile, thinking that my son came up with that idea first.

This year I am walking for a cure. That's right, there are so many diabetics out there, so many mothers crying at night, praying that God cures their child. I know, I was a crying mother, who still cries.

Needless to say, I miss my son.

I don't want another mother, another parent to have to go through what I went through with this deadly disease. That's why I am walking this year for a cure, I know we are close.

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Thank you and God Bless you!!!


Lotus Flower said... @ September 4, 2008 at 2:14 AM

I am sorry for your loss.

In your son's case, his diabetes was not a product of today's lifestyle but something he was born with. He had very little control over his fate.

I hope people today realize the overwhelming evidence that diabetes is truly a silent killer. If only for this reason that we should all watch out and take care of our bodies.

Stay well.

LaTease "Teasas Tips" said... @ September 4, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Thank you lotus flower. Because of my son's illness, I learned to eat more healthy and how fragile our bodies can be.

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