Monday, July 4, 2011

Aaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhh! The flu has hit!

Type 1 Diabetes and the flu!

So far, thank goodness, only one of the kids has the flu - but he has it bad. High temperatures, nausea, aches, pains, terrible cough, chills.

Testing every hour, BGL's and ketones. He's hardly eating anything at all so BGL's are relatively low, despite the high temperatures, but have to keep an eye out for "starvation ketones". Throw into all of this the fact that he's a teenager - oh, we're in for a fun night!

Flu vaccinations are tricky for kids with T1D. Endocrinologists and Diabetes Educators will tell you that it's up to you as to whether you give your kid the flu vaccination each year. Of course we are all encouraged to make sure all other vaccinations are up to date however the FluVax changes every year and for kids with T1D the vaccination itself can make our kids pretty sick and mess with blood glucose levels and land them in hospital.

Fortunately it's school holidays - so I don't have to worry about the kids missing school, and we can also catch up on sleep during the day.

One of the tricky things about being a single Mum, with 2 kids with T1D - is that if one of the kids has to go to hospital I have to figure out what to do with the other one - most likely scenario is that the other kid has to come to hospital too - which is why it is so important to try to manage intercurrent illnesses at home to avoid exposing the "non-sick" kid to the bugs floating around at the hospital!

Well, I'm off for the first of the post-bedtime BGL checks.

It's going to be a long night - once again.

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