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Living With Diabetes: 4-Year-Old With Type 1

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

We begin a special series of reports called, "Living With Diabetes."

Three inspiring people in our area are sharing what it's like to live with this disease, and it doesn't just affect elderly people.

Which is why we are first bringing you the story of a brave young boy by the name of Caleb Drews, a 4-year-old with type one diabetes.

His mom took us through a typical day in the Drews' family household to see what it's like for him to live with diabetes.

"Caleb had just turned 2 and he had not been feeling well for about a week so we had brought them in about a week ago to give them his symptoms and we knew something was not right with him," says Caleb's mom, Lisa Drews.

"It does not run in our family at all so it was quite a shock to us we certainly weren't expecting to hear those words," she says "but we were fortunate that they caught it early so he was able to be treated right away without any serious complications."

She says, "So every morning we get Caleb's tester out and we test him to see what his blood sugar is at and we know if its high or low and we know how to treat him for the day."

"We get Caleb's food ready and we know what hes going to eat I will count his carbs for his shot."

"This is just a typical morning to you right it is its very common for me to remember the carbs on things it was really difficult at first...But now its just kind of become second nature," she says.

"I draw the syringe down to what I'm going to draw in the shot, test him again at lunchtime before he eats and then adjust accordingly if hes low or high and then give him a shot after that same protocol for dinner and bedtime as well," she says.

"I know to get him ready and get his insulin ready its just like getting his milk ready and cereal ready its just what I do I couldn't imagine not doing it so its what we do to keep him healthy so its important," she says.


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