When Cole was two he was sick almost constantly. His mom, Lisa, was concerned but had no idea that Cole's immune system was turning against the insulin-producing cells of his pancreas. With no family history of the disease, Cole was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011. Untrained on how to test glucose levels or administer insulin, his parents commuted daily from Cloverdale, BC, to Children's Hospital to get Cole the care he needed. After six days of intensive monitoring, treatments and training, Cole's parents were ready to begin caring for him at home.
Thanks to the care and support of BC Children's Hospital caregivers and his parents, Cole is doing well and today, he is four years old and growing bigger each day. Lisa says they still struggle with his blood glucose levels overnight. After two years, they still must wake Cole up 1:30 am, 4:30 am and 7:30 am to test his blood and, often, must either treat him for hypoglycemia – when his blood sugar levels drop too low – or feed him to try to avoid it. Despite this, his family's daytime routine has become more predictable and easier to manage, and Cole is slowly learning how to recognize hypoglycemia himself - telling his parents when he is hungry, which can be a sign of low blood sugar. Lisa is hopeful that Cole's ability to recognize hypoglycemia will continue to improve as he starts kindergarten full-time in September.