Toddler Learning to Manage Type One Diabetes

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 4:11pm

“THIS IS TWO YEAR OLD LA'VI DAHAN. AFTER THE START OF THE YEAR HIS MOTHER AND FATHER NOTICED SOME CHANGES IN THEIR CHILD. CHANGES THAT HAD THEM A LITTLE CONCERNED.

"VERY THIRSTY, VERY WEAK, HE DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY, TO DO ANYTHING, JUST LAY DOWN, HE WANTED TO GO TO THE RESTROOM A LOT SO OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING WAS WRONG," SAYS HIS FATHER SHARON DAHAN.

A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR AND SOME LAB WORK LATER REVEALED SOME SHOCKING NEWS...HIS PARENTS SHARON AND REBECCA WERE TOLD TO TAKE THEIR SON TO THE HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. HIS BLOOD SUGAR WAS WAY ABOVE WHAT IT SHOULD BE...DOCTORS DIAGNOSED HIM WITH TYPE ONE DIABETES, HE'S INSULIN DEPENDENT, MEANING HIS PANCREASE PRODUCES LITTLE OR NO INSULIN.

IN THE LAST YEAR, THE ENTIRE FAMILY HAS LEARNED A LOT ABOUT TYPE ONE DIABETES.

TEACHERS AT HIS BROWNSVILLE DAYCARE, SAY LA'VI IS A REALLY SHARP KID...

ON TOP OF GRASPING THE CONCEPT OF NUMBERS AND COLORS, HE'S ALSO LEARNING THREE LANGUAGES, HEBREW, SPANISH AND ENGLISH...AS WELL AS HOW TO MANAGE HIS DIABETES...

“WHEN HE WAKES UP HE PICKS UP THE CGM AND BRINGS IT WITH HIM, HE KNOWS ALREADY THE ROUTINE...HE NEEDS TO BE CLOSE TO THIS," SAYS HIS FATHER.

WHILE HIS PARENTS AND HIS TEACHERS HERE AT DAYCARE ARE OF COURSE HIS MAIN CAREGIVERS, HIS LITTLE MIND IS STARTING TO PICK UP AND COMPREHEND WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE HIS LITTLE BODY.

"HE CAME TO THE TEACHER AND SAID, " CHECK SUGAR" HE WAS A LITTLE BIT OFF THE RANGE, AND THAT WAS A SURPRISE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THAT," SAYS HIS FATHER.

THE OWNER OF THE DAYCARE, RUTH GATES, KEEPS A SPECIAL WATCH OVER LA'VI, BEING THAT SHE HERSELF IS A TYPE ONE DIABETIC. AND HER MOTHER, WHO WORKS IN THE DAYCARE AS WELL, HAPPENS TO BE LA'VIS TEACHER. DESPITE TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES OVER THE YEARS, THE TWO HAVE SOME BACKGROUND IN MONITORING AND TREATING DIABETES. THROUGH OUT THE DAY, THEY'RE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH LA’VIs PARENTS TO REPORT HIS READINGS.

HIS PARENTS SAY THIS IS HIS LIFE.HE WILL KNOW NO DIFFERENT AS HE GETS OLDER, AND THEY WANT HIM TO LEARN AS HE GROWS HOW TO MANAGE THE DIABETES ON HIS OWN.

GATES DESCRIBES HIM AS THE PERFECT LITTLE DIABETIC PATIENT.

"HE CAN PLAY, HE CAN DO THE SAME THINGS THAT OTHER LITTLE KIDS CAN DO, JUST WITH A LITTLE MORE CARE, SO WE HAVE TO JUST WATCH HIS BLOOD SUGAR AND LET HIM DO WHAT ALL LITTLE KIDS ARE DOING AND HAVE SOME NORMALITY IN LIFE," SAYS DAYCARE OWNER, RUTH GATES.

DUE TO THE LACK OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRONOLOGISTS IN THE VALLEY THE DAHAN FAMILY TRAVELS TO CORPUS CHRISTI EVERY THREE MONTHS FOR LAVI'S CHECKUPS AND RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM, "HOPE", A LOCAL GROUP THAT PROVIDES HOPE, OUTREACH, PREVENTION, EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES.

IF YOU’D LIKE INFORMATION ON H.O.P.E YOU CAN LOOK THEM UP AT Hope4kidsWithDiabetes.com.
 

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