Help Will "Power" Stay Strong with Juvenile Diabetes
Organized by: Corinne Mullane
William gives us the "POWER" to overcome any obstacle that comes our way. Join our team "Will Power" in a running race in Fort Lauderdale, http://www.run131series.com/fortlauderdale/. Whether it is the 5K or the Half Marathon, come help support Will and spread the POWER. For more info on the race and joining our team, please feel free to email me.
Michael and I started our journey of building our family when William's older brother Christian was born on February 22, 2010. On April 27, 2012 William was born. Throughout both of their young growing lives, they have been the love of our lives while inspiring us each and every day. Christian and William have grown to be best friends enjoying and cherishing their time together. Both have always been healthy, as healthy as 2 young boys can be. In a blink of an eye things in our family became bent with sorrow and concern but we never broke and stayed united to learn how to adapt and overcome hardship. William was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on August 31, 2014. The week before he was diagnosed, Will wasn’t feeling well. He had a cold with a fever and was tired all the time. We also noticed that he was drinking more than usual and was urinating more frequently than usual. We didn’t think much of it at first because we were all sick and Christian was showing a lot of the same symptoms as Will. Then, on Sunday morning, we realized that he was extremely lethargic and had lost some weight. We took him to the pediatric urgent care where we described all of his symptoms. The doctor immediately became concerned and began running tests to determine what was going on with him. When they got the results, the doctor explained to us that his glucose levels were through the roof – in the 700’s. Normal blood sugar levels are between 80-180. This meant that he had diabetes. The doctor and nurses began giving him fluids through an IV. Will’s condition was so severe that they had to call an ambulance to transport him to Westchester Medical Center. Once we arrived at the hospital, he was admitted into the pediatric ICU. Over the next few hours, the doctors and nurses worked to get his glucose levels down. While this was going on, Will wasn’t responding as they had hoped and they were afraid of brain damage. They were going to do a CAT scan to determine if that was the case, however, he began to respond appropriately. Over the next 3 days in the ICU, he was monitored around the clock. Mike and I stayed with him every night at the hospital. The doctors and nurses who took care of him were amazing – we couldn’t have asked for better care. After day 3 in the ICU, he was moved to the regular pediatric wing in the hospital. During this time, we were educated on what diabetes is and how to take care of him – checking his glucose levels throughout the day and night, giving him insulin shots 2-3 times a day, and counting carbohydrates for every meal and snack he eats. Finally, after spending a week in the hospital, we were able to take him home. Once we got home and we were on our own caring for him it was a bit unnerving. While we were at the hospital we had nurses making sure we were doing things the right way and now we were left to do what we thought was right and basically to hope for the best. During our first few weeks home, he had become hypoglycemic a few times – one time requiring a 911 call. Now we check his blood sugar more frequently in hopes of avoiding that from happening again. Will follows a strict nutritional diet and activity levels are closely monitored since it can effect his glucose levels. Christian has also become actively involved in making sure Will takes his medicine or eats when he needs to eat. Christian is always asking what Will’s blood sugar level is and if it’s too high or too low or just right. He looks after his brother and realizes, as much as a 5 year old is able to, that this is something that isn’t going away and that it is very serious. Needless to say, medical bills and added expenses have escalated since being diagnosed. Turing to our family, friends and the hearts of others has been a humbling experience and a love like we have never felt before. Will has shown so much strength, bravery, and resilience for only being 3 years old and having to deal with such a serious diagnosis. Will’s our little trooper – we couldn’t be more proud of him or love him any more than we already do. Thank you.