I'm Amy - 30 something year old mom to four wonderful kids. We are a homeschooling family that lives on a small farm in Pennsylvania. I grew up in NYC, though this lifestyle suits me fine. Life was pretty "normal" for us - and then I noticed that Julia seemed tired. At first, I thought it was some sort of cold - and didn't think too much of it. A few days later, we headed to the pediatrician because she wasn't getting better. The pediatrician did a quick urine test and Julia's sugar level was over 1000.
We hopped into the car and drove to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The hospital was about 2 hours away from home, but the pediatrician assured us we would be well taken care of. That was one of the scariest days I've ever had. When we arrived at CHOP, Julia was diagnosed with DKA and her condition was deteriorating quickly. Once she was stabilized, we were transferred to a room and were able to rest up a bit. During our stay, we received three wonderful days of educational classes - complete with a final exam. It was very reassuring to know that we weren't being thrown into this without a team to help us.
We were in yesterday for a followup apointment and received the news that Julia tested positive for Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease. We have an appointment for a biopsy to confirm the Celiac and will follow up with everything else at our next appointment.
We are all adjusting to the new "normal" now. :) Sure, life is different - and at times I get hit with a sadness I've never experienced before, but I know it's all going to be okay.
My other children are Morgan and Ben, Julia's brothers - ages 13 and 11 - and Emily, age 9.
I'm feeling so very thankful for such a wonderful place here - and am already feeling welcome. Looking forward to getting to know everyone better.