Racing for Diabetic Ketoacidosis Survivor Grayson Martin

8 year old Grayson story of surviving Type1

 

Sometime around early May of 2019 I noticed something was off with Grayson.  He had started to lose weight, He had lost 19lbs  and seemed thirsty all the time and started urinating more frequently-especially through the night. When I expressed my concerns to others that I was scared it may be Type 1 Diabetes. Most people assumed he was having a growth spurt and/or growing pains and that it was the reason for the weight loss. Some days he was OK  Other times he was cranky and lethargic.


By the middle of May, he had gotten worse. When he would get home from school in the afternoon he would go straight to bed and go to sleep. His appetite had decreased and my once " Happy go lucky child that was constantly singing, dancing and cracking Jokes barely had the energy to smile.


On May 18th, I asked my mom ( who is a Diabetic herself ) to check his blood sugar when we stopped by. It was 330 and he hadn't eaten at all that morning. We headed straight to St Josephs Children Hospital but even then it was hard to grasp the idea that my 8-year son may be diabetic too.

It didn't take them long to confirm my worst fear, Grayson was a Type 1 Diabetic and he was in DKA  (Diabetic Ketoacidosis).  Grayson was admitted into the ICU right away. We spent one night in the ICU - no eating or drinking before his levels started improving. Grayson was discharged after spending two nights in the hospital and within 24 hours he was getting back to the old Grayson I had been missing.


It's only been 4 weeks since Grayson's diagnosis and he is now checking his own blood sugar 5-7 times a day and giving himself insulin injections at least 4 times a day. We are still learning how to adjust and adapt to our new daily life. Some days are better than others for sure but I know we are incredibly lucky to have caught it when we did before Grayson's condition got any worse. We know a cure would not have saved his life as ones need to be diagnosis first. We need diabetes awareness and thank Drive for Diabetes Awareness, inc for what they do to warn others and to share these stories. No parent should lose a child to Diabetes. It's preventable. 


Mom, Brittany Harrelson

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Survivor Paisley Pruitt

 

The Doctors said go home she has the FLU. 3 mins of chest compressions brings Paisley back to LIFE!   

Knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes can save a life.  

                  "Check Don't Guess"

Lacy's Brother Rocco's Story

 

  • Please take 4 mins to watch Rocco's story. 

Don't be a victim know the symptoms and ask your Doctor or Nurse. How do you know my child has the FLU? Have you heard about Rocco's story ?  Are we going to do a blood glucose test?
"Check Don't Guess"l 

Brochure Diabetic Ketoacidosis Survivor Paisley Pruitt

2019 Partners Thank you

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FREE KART GIVEAWAY

Prowler Chassis, Race ready Delivered to your Child

  

FREE RACE KART GIVEAWAY FROM DFDA

Lacy Kuehl is an advocate for Type 1 (DKA) Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors and ones that have passed from this deadly disease. Lacy shares their story and makes race week and race day all about them she talks about how this can be prevented with knowing the symptoms and to "Check Don't Guess" It may just not be the FLU.

The Doctors said Lacy's brother Rocco (age 1) had the FLU. Now Rocco is Lacy's Hero and Angel for others to warn of these symptoms of diabetes that go undetected due to complacency and awareness of type 1. No parent or family member should lose a child or loved one to diabetes.

Our Mission

Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC

It shall be the mission of this corporation to create public awareness of the need for diabetes screening, particularly of young children, and to distribute information by pamphlets and similar communications at sporting events and otherwise to inform the public about the symptoms of diabetes and dangers of the unknown or untreated diabetes for the support for those dealing with a diagnosis of , or research related to, juvenile diabetes such as by promoting the slogan : "Check Don't Guess"

FREE KART GIVE AWAY $2,000 value Prowler Chassis, Motor, New Body wrapped and race ready to be given away this Summer, that Lacy Kuehl and Drive for Diversity K&N East Nascar Driver Brooke Storer has raced in. .

We are still looking for that one special child somewhere in the USA that is a Type1 Diabetic that is in racing oval karts dirt or asphalt. If you are interested in what we do and know a child or family please contact us. All candidates MUST send us their child's bio and requiring A, and B student that has a passion for racing and willing to help others and DFDA, willing and able to share our message on social media and at their local track. If you have contacted us in any way but have not sent your BIo please do so as we will not consider anyone until they have done so.

This summer Lacy and DFDA will deliver the kart to your local race day track for a race we will be apart of with you and your family in your pit the Kart will be yours. Where is that kid? Help, please share

We are also looking for associate drivers for DFDA, anywhere in the World. Requirements stated above are the same for associate drivers. Please contact us at www.DFDA.info or call Brent Kuehl at 941-447-5929 Thank you.

By supporting Drive for Diabetes Awareness, you play a pivotal role in helping diabetes awareness that helps, prevents, supports and ultimately educates others about diabetes and its complications. There are many ways you can help! Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Copyright © 2016 Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC - All Rights Reserved.

Please contact us with your DKA Story of survival and maybe Lacy will be racing for you and sharing your story so to help others have a chance at saving their loved ones. Thank you for your support please share.

This is the FREE Kart we are giving away to a Diabetic Child Contact Drive for Diabetes Awareness.

This is the FREE Kart we are giving away to a Diabetic Child Contact Drive for Diabetes Awareness.

NOVEMBER Diabetes Awareness Month but it's everyday for DFDA

"Check Don't Guess"

Twice the the Doctors said Rocco had the FLU. Twice they were wrong telling Rocco to go home and that he did as Lacy's Hero as she has stated in an interview at the 2018 Inverness Grand Prix.  It may just be Diabetes not the FLU...... "Check Don't Guess" 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHvR_Z7CbZ0 

What is (DKA) Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Learn about Type 1 before it happens to you or a loved one. You can save theirs and your own life Knowledge is power to saving lives.

 

ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus. Signs and symptoms will include false diagnosis of the FLU with DKA being overlooked or improperly treated which may include vomiting, abdominal pain, deep gasping breathing, increased urination, weakness, confusion, and occasionally loss of consciousness. A person's breath may develop a specific smell.  Onset of symptoms is usually rapid. In some cases people may not realize they previously had diabetes. DKA can happen to anyone>


 Triggers may include infection, not taking insulin correctly, stroke, and certain medications such as steroids. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids which produces acidic ketone bodies.  DKA is typically diagnosed when testing finds high blood sugar, low blood pH, and ketoacids in either the blood or urine.


The primary treatment of DKA is with intravenous fluids and insulin. Depending on the severity, insulin may be given intravenously or by injection under the skin. Usually potassium is also needed to prevent the development of low blood potassium. Throughout treatment blood sugar and potassium levels should be regularly checked. Antibiotics may be required in those with an underlying infection. In those with severely low blood pH, sodium bicarbonate may be given; however, its use is of unclear benefit and typically not recommended.


 Medical Disclaimer. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including ... obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician


 Don't be the next victim "Check Don't Guess" 

Ask your Nurse or Doctor


 

 Ask your Doctor, How do you know it's the FLU? Have you seen Rocco's story? Why not check? No we don't have any family background with diabetes but Doctor you know that Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death right? Let's "Check Don't Guess"

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Ketone Service Dog for Drive for Diabetes Awareness

Let us introduce to you the newest member of Drive for Diabetes Awareness. "Ketone" 9 1/2 week old G

Let us introduce to you the newest member of Drive for Diabetes Awareness. "Ketone" 9 1/2  week German Shepherd Puppy. 


Why #Ketone you ask? : #DKA Diabetic Ketoacidosis is what took Rocco's life and many others. 

We race to spread the awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and it's symptoms. NO Parent should have to lose a child from this disease. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook. #DKA #DFDA #Ketone #CheckDontGuess #ThxAdd


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Addie did not make it and wants to warn you! Know the symptoms "Check Don't Guess"

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 Sudden Onset Diabetic Ketoacidosis

 Know some of the symptoms Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia  

  1. Fatigue, which can be severe
  2. Nausea and/or vomiting
  3. Abdominal pain
  4. Flushing of the skin
  5. Dry skin
  6. Fruity odor to the breath, caused by ketones
  7. Difficulty breathing
  8. Mental status changes, including confusion or problems with concentration
  9. Thirsty all the time
  10. urinating frequently
  11. Vomiting 
  12. Sounds like the FLU right? Well "Check Don't Guess"

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What you need to know

What is Type 1 Diabetes

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  Type 1 diabetes (T1D, insulin-dependent or juvenile) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. With T1D a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although the causes are not entirely known, scientists believe the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with T1D must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump.  

Diabetic Ketoacidossis

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  While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.

There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and – at present- nothing you can do to get rid of it.   

  • Extreme Thirst
  • Frequent Urination
  • Sudden Vision Changes
  • Drowsiness, Lethargy
  • Fruity, Sweet Odor on Breath
  • Stupor/ Unconsciousness.
  • Heavy Labored Breathing
  • Increased Appetite

Knowing the warning signs for Type 1 diabetes could save a life.

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 Education about the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes is critical because Type 1 can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu, and misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences. As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 diabetes. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 people per day – are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S. Knowing the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes can save a life. Please share what you’ve learned with everyone.  


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