Originally Posted by queen b
Hey! Awesome, I guess I have permission, lol! Thank you!
So, my 6 year old that I speak of is actually my nephew, but we've had him since he was very young.
I keep seeing the same list of juvenile diabetes symptoms on all the other websites (now that I looked) but I am unclear on whether they can onset gradually or whether it is always sudden. He has literally EVERY SINGLE ONE but has had most of them for years. The websites talk about it always being sudden or taking merely months though.
Frequent urination: We joke that he has a bladder the size of a walnut. He gets up at least 2 or 3 times a night to pee. This has pretty much always been the case though, and since he drinks more water at each break it would explain why he got up later too. My bio son does not do this.
Drinking a lot: All the time...but we thought that went with the above issue.
Bruises easily: We figured he got that from my sister. I have the same issue and am prone to anemia.
Pain or tingling in extremities: We told him it was growing pains and his physicals always came up fine.
Hunger: See post above.
Fatigue: His birth mom and dad were pack a day smokers from the day he was born until he came to live with us full time. We took him for several breathing treatments in the first few years, so we figured this was related to allergies or some kind of undiagnosed mild asthma. He is extremely active around the house and at the park, but he will often sit down breathing hard and say "I need to take a rest" in a way where you can tell he is totally spent. This has been happening for at least two years though.
Weight loss: Well...he's a string bean, so he never had much weight. He doesn't have an ounce of fat on him, despite the eating. His bio parents are both a overweight but were small as kids.
Irritability and mood swings: We just figured he inherited that from my sister. She has a mood disorder, though we HAVE noticed that his crabbiness and ADHD type symptoms are totally dependent on food and sleep. I am hypoglycemic so I saw that in him and now he eats when he's cranky and gets better.
Blurred Vision: He wears an EXTREMELY strong prescription of glasses that he got when he was 4. One of his eyes still crosses when he's not wearing them. I wear glasses but I am his aunt and got them in 6th grade, plus my eyes aren't anywhere near as bad as his. My sister and the bio dad both have perfect vision. As far as I can tell from pictures, no one in our family or the dad's family had glasses as a kid.
So anyway, I am going to get him checked out just in case, but can these things really happen for years without any kind of major episode if they are a result of JD? I'm a bit spooked because it's so dead on, but on the other hand these aren't new.