…& all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!
But if you’d been here last week it would have been quite a different story! We had the scariest experience we’ve had in many a long time!!
Alex has lived with type 1 Diabetes since age 4, & apart from the initial few weeks of adjusting to injections & food choices, we have always maintained good control, meaning he suffers minimal ‘hypo’s’ or diabetes related issues.
Last week he had a head cold & took two days off school. His blood sugar numbers spiked, as they always do with a cold, & then he felt better & returned to school. When he came home that third day, he said he felt a bit sick, but had no temperature & as he & Nathan were their usual sparring selves, I just thought it was the tail end of the cold. At 2am the next morning he woke me to say he’d been sick & then he proceeded to be sick every two hours. He couldn’t even keep water down & despite this his blood sugars were sky high!
It was at this point I sought professional advice & a locum doctor called in to see him. Even this guy felt that all he needed was some fast acting insulin & offered to arrange a prescription. As he was just a locum at our surgery, & not familiar with Alex’s medical history, he decided to double check with the Diabetes team at the hospital first & they told him that Alex had to go in to them straight away!….Panic!!
Alex was actually suffering with Ketoacidosis, a condition I am aware of, but not something we have had any experience with. I remember being told if Alex had a high temperature or if his breath smelled ‘chemically’ to check his ketone levels. But as neither of these applied, I had not even considered it might be an option!!
So, within the hour, Alex was in hospital & (his worst nightmare!) had a Cannula inserted & was wired up to multiple drips! he was so dehydrated his veins had collapsed & even trying to get a blood sample was a battle.
I am happy to report that after three days & two sleepless nights (for me anyway!) we were allowed to bring Alex home, as long as we promised to monitor his levels every 4 hours around the clock. His ketones are now back down to 0.1 & his blood sugars are settling, but we still have more insulin adjustments to make. In the main he is his old self & I don’t even care if he’s argumentative & stroppy…seeing him so very poorly was such a scare & quite frankly , his full recovery is all I need for Christmas!
Of course, I got it wrong again when I commented on the lovely yellow flowers, only to be informed “they’re not flowers, they’re stars!”…oops!
I took part in the Soul Scrappers SSQ#10 & received the package of goodies pictured right!
The challenge is to use all of the items in a project…this one was obviously to have a Christmas theme.
It looked like such a lot of bits & bobs, but when I actually sat down to work with it all, I actually found that it all fitted quite nicely onto a 12x12 LO…
I also took part in another Soul Scrappers challenge ‘texture of Summer’ & chose the ripening wheat crop in a local farmers field, The ears of wheat always feel so silky & I love the way the whole field shimmers when the wind blows…
I’m proud to say my LO was the winner of this section!
I also had another lovely surprise this week when I received an email from American Crafts to tell me I had won their Thickers contest on facebook!
I had entered this card I made for a friends son, back in the summer, after spotting the contest details on the pack I’d used to make the card!
There are always lots of opportunities to win fabulous AC prizes, as well as loads of inspirational ideas to be found over at the American Crafts Studio Blog, so I’d highly recommend a visit!
Well, I guess that’s all from me for now!
I’m all prepared for the big day tomorrow…are you? After losing three days last week, some serious prioritisation took place & to be honest, we’re not missing anything!!
I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas & I do hope all your Christmas wishes come true!
Not forgetting to mention 2012…may it prove to be the best year yet & full of good health & happiness!
Thanks for stopping by & come back soon! :)