S: Joey Brown's Diabetes Book
BC: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
FC: "GOT PUMPED"DIABETES 2010
1: My name is Joey Brown and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on June 9, 2010 | Joey and Becky...Nurse
2: I knew that something was wrong because I was thirsty all the time and had to pee constantly. I was also wetting the bed and becoming irritable. My mom and dad thought I should go to the doctors. I begged them not to take me. I told them I was just really tired. I was away every weekend playing hockey on my traveling team. I had the most important position...goalie. And I was the only one. I didn't want to let my team down. My parents didn't make me go to the doctors. Although, the following week was another story. I wet in my bed and then in my parents. My mother called the next morning to make an appointment. She picked me up from school and that led to a whole new adventure.
3: When I arrived at the hospital my blood sugar was over 500. I was very scared but I tried to hide my emotions because my mom and dad were very sad and confused. All of this came on so quickly!
4: My nurse tested my ketone level through my urine. Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy or fuel.
5: My 1st shot!!!!
6: The first time I tested my blood sugar it took me a long time my hands were so cold...it was hard to get any blood out of my finger. My nurse had me get up and shake my hands below my waist. After doing that a few times it finally worked. I thought it was going to hurt more than it did...my nerves got the best of me.
7: Everybody was very nice and supportive at the hospital to my mom and dad and I. We really had NO idea what we were in for. I didn't anyway! | You can still have fun in the water with diabetes!!!
8: My | It was my turn to give this blood glucose tester a shot...literally!! I was scared but I did it! | "Managing diabetes is not a science, it is an art"
9: My doctor came in and asked me lots of questions...he made me feel really comfortable. I told him that Diabetes is not going to own me....I will own my diabetes. I have to say...I was very scared but I'm a fighter! | Joey & Dr. Zimakas
10: This has been the longest day of my life......... I'M EXHAUSTED!!!!!! | My little brother & I love racing 4 wheelers! | BROS!!
11: LUNCH WITH MY DIETICIAN & NURSE!! | Before eating. I have to check my blood sugar. I check my blood level to help me stay balanced. Diabetes! | Josh & I on our 4 wheelers
12: This is my second morning as a Type 1 Diabetic.... I was up and ready to learn more about this Diabetes thing. My parents need to know when and what I ate, and how much exercise I am going to do, This is to help me stay in control.
13: My mom gave me my shot before breakfast...on the second day. | My dad was next...he gave me my shot before lunch.
14: I pulled the insulin from the bottle with the syringe measuring it to the correct amount. I knew my dad wasn't looking forward to giving me a shot as his hands were shaking and he had tears in his eyes. I don't believe I ever saw my parents cry so much.
15: This is what I live for....Hockey, Soccer, Baseball and of course my family!!!
16: After 4 months my doctor thought I was ready for the pump. I picked up on Diabetes pretty quick. | I learned how to count carbs and do the math then enter it into the pump. It's pretty simple. | Joey and Lisa
17: Here goes nothing....a life with the pump...a permanent fixture on my side. | It was pretty cool when my mom volunteered to wear a pump home too. We both had saline in the vials.
18: “To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
19: You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to keep it pumping!
20: This is my 2nd day with the pump but on this day I will leave the hospital with insulin in the pump. Hopefully this will make my life easier!!!!
21: Cure, Courage, Support! Never give up!
22: "BRICKWALL" | The road through
23: to success is commitment!!
24: The body gives a warning when low blood sugar or insulin reaction is developing. DIFFERENT PEOPLE GET DIFFERENT FEELINGS. These are some of the signs low blood sugar: Hunger: You may either feel hungry or have an upset stomach (nausea) Shakiness: the person's hands or body may feel shaky Sweatiness: the person may sweat more than usual (often a "cold" sweat) Color: the face may become pale or red Weak, anxious feeling Headache Confusion: the person may feel or look "spacey" or may appear "dazed" Drowsiness: the person may yawn, feel sleepy, or may have trouble thinking clearly; preschoolers frequently get sleepy Behavioral changes: changes in behavior are quite common; often the person may cry, act intoxicated, or act angry Double vision: the person may "see double" or the pupils may get bigger; the eyes may appear glassy Loss of consciousness Seizure or convulsion: both loss of consciousness and convulsions occur late in the reaction; they are the result of not treating a reaction quickly enough.
25: These are some of the symptoms of high blood sugar: Upset stomach and/or stomach pain Vomiting Sweet (fruity) odor to the breath Thirst and frequent urination (if the blood sugar is high) Drowsiness Deep breathing (indicates need to go to the emergency room) If not treated, coma (loss of consciousness) Always carry a kit that includes a meter, lancets, test strips, ketone strips, insulin, your daily log, some alcohol swabs, and glucose tablets.