This, I hope, is not really the right category for this question as none of my sons have been diagnosed. However, I couldn’t find a category that was right… a type 1 diabetic mom… with concerns for her non-diabetic children.
I’ve been looking on the internet for information about a1cs, which is ironic because I know quite a bit, but I’m trying to find information for my boys, 5, 7, and 13. Our pediatrician has told me to go ahead and test away, but that’s not easy advice to follow. I don’t want to, as a result of my own anxiety, create panic or paranoia, so although I’m willing to test them, I really am not willing to “test away”.
So here’s the rundown… My 13 year old has Celiac disease. Obvious red flag. He’s also been hospitalized for acute acidosis, which I was told was a diabetic event, without the diabetes. I’ve tested his blood sugar at random, and his fasting has always come in at JUST above the cut off. At random I’ve seen one number in the 220s. His a1cs have always ranged between 5.7 and 6.3. Tonight’s was a 5.7.
My 7 year old MIGHT have Celiac disease. We’re in the process of determining that. His a1c tonight was a 6.1.
My 5 year old, who has numb hands in the morning and has some pretty intense thirst issues, tonight had an a1c of a 6.5.
According to the internet, we’re all going to die because those symptoms match up perfectly with everything scary, BUT those a1cs ALSO, very seriously, fit into the “prediabetes” range. And actually, that 6.5 is a little bit more of a concern.
I don’t think I have 3 sons with pre-diabetes. I HOPE I don’t have 3 sons with pre-diabetes. But does anyone out there know what to do with these numbers?? I don’t want to be paranoid. I don’t want to be negligent. It’s a fine line there in between.