As many of you know, our oldest son, Kevan, was recently very sick & spent 5 days in the hospital.
Kevan was admitted with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, his body wasn’t making the insulin he needed to break down carbs into energy so his body started rapidly breaking down fat & muscle to make energy... releasing high levels of ketones into his urine.
This condition is common with new onset of Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes does not have a cure. It is an autoimmune disorder that had nothing to do with what he ate or how much he exercised, it is genetic.
As you can see in the 2nd picture, Kevan went into the hospital having lost 10 pounds rapidly & was very sick.
He was admitted at Sunrise Children’s Hospital & the staff there was nothing short of amazing.
He/we learned to check his blood glucose levels & give himself insulin. We learned how to calculate how much insulin to give him based on the number of carbs he eats. We learned life saving steps for what to when his levels drop too low or when they are too high.
A dietician came & spoke with us for hours about what day to day management of Type 1 Diabetes was really going to look like at home & answered all our questions.
The Xbox in Kevan’s room & many visitors he received kept his spirits high & he has been a true inspiration to us. He is so very resilient & has even been back on the court some.
We are focused on finding a routine & managing his Diabetes safely so this condition will not keep him from achieving his dreams of playing basketball at a high level.
I get asked a lot about what Kevan’s symptoms were leading up to being hospitalized. His symptoms were obvious for people familiar with Diabetes but my husband & I were not.
Symptoms of High Blood Glucose Levels and Diabetic Ketoacidosis: • Excessive Thirst
• Excessive Urinating
• Rapid Weight Loss
• Weakness & Fatigue
• Possible brain swelling
• Nausea & vomiting • Can be fatal left untreated
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