Testing for Type 1

Mallory D

“Her extreme weight loss and fatigue deeply concerned Mallory’s family”

Every day after school, Mallory would come home so exhausted that she could barely keep her eyes open. The extreme lack of energy was a major red flag simply because it was the exact opposite of her normal behavior. On top of it, her parents were very concerned about Mallory’s rapid weight loss. Friends of the family already familiar with the symptoms of diabetes offered to check Mallory’s blood sugar level. Knowing that anything above 200 suggests diabetes, when Mallory’s reading showed more than double that at 498, her family rushed her to the nearest hospital emergency room.

It was there that the 10-year-old little girl and her very worried parents learned she had type 1 diabetes, a chronic and life-long condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Young Mallory was transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was admitted for 5 days of intensive treatment for this illness that can cause sugar to build up in her bloodstream, possibly causing life-threatening complications to major organs. The health of her heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and kidneys had all become at risk.

After five days in a hospital room, two of which she was attached to a slow drip insulin IV, Mallory’s blood sugar levels finally stabilized.

Normally the hormone insulin, which comes from the pancreas, helps glucose enter the body’s cells to provide energy to the muscles and tissues. In type 1 diabetes, none of this occurs because there’s no or very little insulin to let glucose into the cells. Without the energy sugar supplies, Mallory’s muscle tissues and fat stores had simply shrunk. Without her cells receiving the proper amount of sugar, Mallory became easily fatigued and lethargic.

Before every time she eats or when Mallory wants to join her friends in play, she must first check her blood sugar. When she needs to regulate her insulin levels, she must do so with an injection pen. In the meantime, Mallory’s glucose levels continue to spike, and her doctors look for a plan to control them.

Despite this major change in her health and the way she and her family need to stay always vigil, the 10-year-old remains an easy going girl who enjoys spending time with her family, drawing, and playing with makeup.

Kids Wish Network is hard at work planning a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Mallory; make sure to stay up to date by checking back soon for all of the fun details on her amazing wish!

 

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