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  1. Connie Caveness
    Connie Caveness July 25, 2014 at 9:34 am | | Reply

    My 16 yo Type 1 son and I went on a mission trip June 29-July 6, much shorter than yours! We went to Belize where we worked on a mission camp and built a cabin. I had been on the same trip last summer with my non-d daughter. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about taking him. He was dxd 6/29/2010, and I would say has moderate control – could be better, but it does not slow him down from running track, playing football, participating in FFA activities, etc. The Monday before we were to leave, he had ketones, and what I think is referred to as a Diabetes Sick Day. This is the first time this has happened since he was diagnosed 4 years ago. That Monday, when he told me three times, “I don’t feel good,” and we identified ketones, I really questioned letting him go on the trip. What was I thinking? Then I realized this was Spiritual Warfare, trying to scare me away from serving God. We followed our doctor’s instructions, lots of water, bolused, monitored closely all night, and by Tuesday morning, about 16 hours after the ketones began, he was ASKING to get up and get back to normal! This mom decided that I was going to give me comfort rather than fear facing thsi trip. He had not had ketones like this before, but now if it happens on the trip, I know how to handle it and it gave me peace facing the trip rather than fear. I insisted that he wear his CGM the first part of the trip, but when it came off on Thursday, we did not put on another one. It was an awesome week, serving God and managing Diabetes. And I hope we are able to do it again next summer! Your post is very encouraging as we consider doing that again! May you be richly blessed on your future mission trips!

    1. Lori
      Lori July 29, 2014 at 8:34 am | | Reply

      Hello, Connie. Thanks so much for your post. When I was reading about the ketone situation with your son, my immediate though as well was “spiritual warfare.” I’m so glad you were aware of this, took his doctor’s advise, and stepped out in faith to go on the mission trip. May God continue to bless you and your family mightily!

  2. Eva
    Eva July 25, 2014 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    Lori, I am so privileged to know you and that our paths were able to cross in Mozambique. I love this article and encourage all readers to follow the course of their destinies regardless of diabetes. I love that it does not define you. Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring article.

    1. Lori
      Lori July 29, 2014 at 8:35 am | | Reply

      God bless you, Eva. I’m privileged to know you and call you friend!
      Much love, Lori

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