Finding a Blood Sugar Balance

Elijah Michel 2

“Eli has been known to be hypoglycemic, levels dropping as low as 30”

Elijah is a 5-year-old little boy who sometimes sucks his thumb. When his mom noticed that his finger was starting to swell, she took him to the doctor. Elijah was diagnosed with an infection caused by his habitual thumb-sucking and placed on medication. A week later, he experienced flu-like symptoms and promptly lost 5 pounds. His abdominal symptoms were so painful that he couldn’t even walk to the restroom. When his mother went to get him ready to go back to the doctor, she found Elijah unresponsive. Elijah was admitted to the hospital for dehydration so severe that the nurses could not initially insert a PICC line in his veins to start fluids. Blood work showed that Elijah’s glucose levels were over 600, and he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little to no insulin. He spent six days in the hospital as doctors tried to get his condition under control.

Currently, Elijah is being treated with both short-acting and long-acting insulin. Short-term insulin is a type that is usually taken about 30 minutes before a meal to cover the blood glucose elevation from eating. It peaks after two to four hours, and its effects tend to last about five to eight hours. In contrast, long-term insulin lasts for 20 to 26 hours with no peak, tending to cover insulin needs for a full day and often taken at bedtime.

Elijah struggles with rapid drops in blood sugar levels that have been known to plummet to as low as 30. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that the age-specific blood sugar goal range for children under the age of 6 be between 100-180 before meals and 110-200 at bedtime. In Elijah’s case, the ADA recommends that the blood glucose goals he strives for be even higher due to his frequent instances of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Along with checking his blood sugar levels ten times a day, Elijah’s family is training an alert service dog.

Elijah is a fun-loving 5-year-old that enjoys playing Mind Craft, watching Star Wars, and everything related to Bigfoot, the mysterious apelike creature that has eluded capture for centuries.

Kids Wish Network is designing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Elijah; make sure to stay up to date by checking back with us for all of the fantastic details on his special wish!

 

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