The best way to begin is to share a post from Bethany's Facebook page dated January 27:
"We have had a very scary couple of days with our girl. On Thursday, Berkeley had multiple convulsions in my arms, followed by a very low blood sugar that got her an ambulance ride to the hospital. We were there for two nights monitoring her blood sugars & trying to figure out what is going on with her little body. Many things have been ruled out, but we still don't know exactly what is going on. We are home monitoring her for now, with many follow up appointments in the coming weeks. These past few days have been unexplainably difficult as we try and care for our girl & also our newborn. Thank you so much for all the well wishes & prayers & especially those who have offered tangible help. We are exhausted & scared & hoping for the best."
Unfortunately, this has not resolved. Berkeley's blood sugar is not able to stay in the safe range for her age without constant testing and dietary intervention.
This is out of the blue. While her father has Type 1 Diabetes, Berkeley's issue is almost the opposite -- it is as if she has too much insulin dropping her blood sugar.
No simple or obvious explanation has emerged.
Berkeley is under the care of a pediatric endocrinologist; additional test results are still pending. In the meantime, a scary level of vigilance is required to keep this child from dangerous and life-threatening hypoglycemic events.
It is hard to send individual updates and/or to remember who knows what, and so this page was created both to provide updates and also to help friends and family translate their caring into tangible help that will assist Galen and Bethany in providing optimal care for Berkeley.
Galen and/or Bethany will provide regular updates under the "Journal" section of this site.
Thank you for visiting and for caring about this little family.