On Saturday, the Facebook page Kisses for Kycie posted the news that she died at 5 years old, six months after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed while in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) just as my son Super F was. The difference was that Kycie was diagnosed in a more advanced state and suffered seizures and brain damage as a result. She spent months in the hospital while trying to recover from the severe injuries to her brain and body. We were fortunate that Super F didn’t suffer these terrible complications, though he spent several nights in the PICU when he was diagnosed at 2-1/2 years old. The symptoms for Super F came on suddenly, and had we waited much longer to get him into the doctor, we might have been the ones to lose our child.
If anything can come from the death of Kycie, I hope it is to spread awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes so that no other child will die from a missed, or late, diagnosis. So, please, if your child experiences the following symptoms, please get to a doctor right away and request a blood glucose test.