Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Again?!? C'mon, God!

So, we're in the hospital again. It is 9:20pm on Feb. 3, 2009. We've been here since about 6:30pm. It is issues with diabetes, but the patient this time isn't Ethan, it is Mary Hannah. In retrospect, we've seen the signs over the past week. She's been drinking a lot, going pee more than normal... I noticed her breath was stinky-sweet and commented on it the other day. But again, we wrote it off to her being sick recently. However, yesterday, MH started complaining of some unusual things and Amelia got nervous and we questioned whether we should check her blood sugar. Part of us didn't want to check because we thought we might be overreacting because of our experience with Ethan. But, we ultimately figured that it was a small price to pay to make us feel a little less anxious by assuring us that there was nothing wrong with her blood sugar.
So, this afternoon, I got out Ethan's glucometer and we all checked our blood. Mine was 104 (normal adult BG is 80-120). Nana's was 119. Ethan was running pretty high at 440, but I gave him some insulin from his pump and he was good to go... then I checked Mary Hannah. Her blood glucose was 494! Amelia checked her later this evening and it was only down to 414. So, we brought her to Hendrick and they confirmed our fears. MH has been super brave and they've got her on a saline drip to help flush her blood out and get her BG back to normal. Tomorrow, I suppose we'll get with her doctor and start working on a plan to get her on an insulin regimen. Thank you all for your concern. Medically, MH is fine and we know how to deal with diabetes... but emotionally, we're kind of reeling. We've come to terms with Ethan.... but ... man.. this sucks. More ranting/venting later. Keep us in your prayers. We love you all.

-jeff & am

8 comments:

Jennifer :) said...

I'm sorry to hear this news, Jeff. Doesn't seem fair, does it? But at least it's the same thing you've been dealing with for a few years now with Ethan. The adjustment should be a little easier, hopefully. We'll definitely be praying for you guys!

Jada said...

Dearest Brother,

I just now made it to your blog page. All I can say is "ugg." There's so much here that's going on in your life. Through all the activities and the unexpected, you are still actively seeking to experience God everyday. That takes courage and devotion. Your love for God and your love others is inspiring. I promise that I'll be praying for you. It would appear as if God is mightily working in your life. I see what appears to be a "finished product" but because of your willing heart, God is doing even more refining.

I love you, Jeff. Press on...

Lovin' like crazy said...

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I can't imagine trying to make it through these situations without your love and support. /hugs.

David said...

I'm just without words, Jeff. Your family will be in our prayers. Do they have any idea why this is happening? We love you.
Dad

Stephanie said...

I just don't have any words right now for you Jeff. I totally agree with the title of this post. Really?? Again?? But know that David and I are praying for you guys.

Martha said...

Hey Jeff. You know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. However, I've spent many years watching you handle Ethan's diabetes, so I know that there are no better parents to deal with this again. Hang in there and let me know if you need anything. Love and hugs.

Shena said...

I prayed for y'all all night, and I'm sorry to hear it ended this way. I don't think Mary Hannah is the only brave one. You and Amelia are entering this with amazing courage and strength. Even through the tears, I can see the bravery.

I will continue keep ya'll in my prayers. My shoulder is always here.

NABSW Educators' Listserv said...

Jeff,

I am so sorry to hear of MH's recent diagnosis. That is a huge fear of me and Boston's. When Tyler was at Camp Sweeney this summer, we tested for the Type 1 antibody through the TrialNet research study. We received results that our son also has the antibody for Type 1 diabetes, meaning that he is very likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

You and your family are in our prayers. As a man of God, you know that He never gives us more than you can bear. I know that you will continue to seek Him in this. I know that your family will be ultimately blessed through this experience. Who knows? Maybe Ethan, or MH, or one of my children, Tyler or Ivey, will one day find the cure to this devastating disease!!

Continue to seek Him...

Blessings on all of you!!

Tanya Brice