Tuesday the 23rd of April 2019 will be a date I'll always remember. It's the day we received the news that Ivy-Eliza is a type 1 diabetic.
Ivy had been drinking excessive amounts of water and going to the toilet around 5/6 times an hour over the last 10 days or so. This didn't sit right with me, so I was keeping an eye on it, and finally decided we needed to see the Dr when I found our toothbrush holder cup, emptied of it's contents and on the side of the sink a few mornings in a row. Turns out little Ivy had been getting up in the night and drinking water out of it! Bless her.
At the Dr's surgery, he tested her urine and it showed a lot of sugar in it. He turned around and announced she was diabetic, something I really wasn't expecting. We then found ourseleves in hospital with a confirmed diabetes type 1 diagnosis and a 3 night hospital stay to get to grips with how to treat it.
The NHS here will fund a pump for Ivy, which means she won't have to have insulin injected 6+ times a day (something that, as I'm sure you can imagine, is very traumatic for a 5 year old who still doesn't quite undetstand whats going on.) She will however need to prick her fingers mulitple times a day still, which also isn't great and can affect her fingers long term.
This is where the chip comes in. We wouldn't be able to get it funded for Ivy yet. We will qualify for a DLA payment each month that will cover it, but the government dictates we can't apply for it for 3 months, then it will probably take a while to actually receive anything. So we are going to raise 6 months worth of payments to cover us until then. The chip costs £159 a month, so £954 is our goal. This will be life changing for Ivy, and means we will have a constant stream of readings of her blood sugar levels to our phones, without having to hurt her constantly. This device can also send an alert if her levels drop dangerously low. Please ask me for a link if you'd like to find out more about the chip.
We appreciate every single pound raised, and will obviously keep everyone updated on how she's getting on with it once we have raised enough to get started. :)