My son Brayden is 4 years old. Last year we had a scare with his blood sugar. We went to bed on a Sunday night and the next morning he was having trouble waking up. He was acting very lethargic. He had no energy and did not want to eat.
I called our local Akron Children’s nurse practitioner Joyce Mcardle. We carried him into the doctor’s office thinking he had the flu or some virus.
They did a urine test. Joyce came in the room and I could tell something was wrong. She informed us his blood sugar was 222, which is very high, and he needed to go straight to Akron Children’s Hospital as he may have juvenile diabetes.
Akron is a 45-minute drive from Ashland. We got to the ER where they did another blood glucose test. His blood sugar was 49.
They kept him for a few hours and decided we could come home. We were followed by endocrinology. He did not have any more issues with his sugar for almost a year.
This March Brayden woke up again very lethargic and not acting himself. He just slept all day.
We took him to the local ER and they sent us straight to Akron Children’s. When we got there they did a blood glucose test on him. His blood glucose was 33 and he was admitted to the hospital.
As soon as the ER got his glucose to go up to 50, we were sent to the 7th floor where he had excellent nurses and doctors who took care of him. They made him feel as comfortable as possible.
When he started to feel better he kept asking for pancakes. Once the doctors okayed his request, the nurses made sure he got his pancakes.
Brayden is doing great now and is playing t-ball. I am very grateful for the staff at the hospital. I know I can count on them when my son falls ill. They will make sure he gets better as soon as possible.
Thank you very much Akron Children’s.
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