One month from Diagnosis....Elyssa has received over 300 finger pricks on her tiny little fingers, she has had over 100 injections and has marks & bruises all over her arms, legs, stomach & butt. The saying is true insulin is not a cure for Diabetes it is life support. So even though it makes me so sad to see how scarred up and bruised she is we have to continue because without all those insulin injections my 2yr old daughter Elyssa wouldn't be able to live.
Each week has been better then the last but this weeks struggle was getting Elyssa to eat. She only picks at her food here and there. We aren't used to these new eating habits because she has always had the best appetite and always ate all her food. We had to fight all the low BG Levels and I had to resort to enticing her with chips or ice cream.
I guess since it's been 1 month since diagnosis I keep thinking about everything that has went on this month and how far we've came to keep her BG Levels controlled. Also, I keep trying to find ways of making our lives better or easier. So I really want to get her an insulin pump to avoid all the traumatizing insulin injections. Hopefully our Endocrinologist Dr. will approve on Weds. and we can get her a pump ASAP.
I was able to give Elyssa another injection all by myself today. That makes 5 times by myself 3 times in the leg and 2 times in the arm. She just really hates when we give her injections in her stomach and butt those are the hardest spots. Hopefully if I do get her a pump the site changes wont be as difficult and I can do those by myself. I've given myself a time line of having to get her numbers controlled & a better understanding of how different foods affect her by the end of August.
Bills have started coming in from our ER visit, the ambulance ride, and I'm still waiting for the 5 day stay in PICU bills. The emotional stress has been so overwhelming this month now the financial stress is adding to the chaos. Yesterday I didn't even check the mail because I didn't want to worry about anything else this weekend. As Elyssa dances around the house is her pretty green princess dress I remember my favorite saying "You just have to keep dancing to the beat of life". So for this weekend I have really tried to put the stress on the back burner and am just trying to enjoy being with my beautiful daughter that makes me smile.