Written by Mrs. Liz Lobeck, 8th Grade Teacher, Junior High English/Literature Teacher
Before type I diabetes struck, life for Jarred Smith was what you might expect for any 10-year old boy: carefree days of riding bikes, playing sports for Holy Family school, and enjoying time outside with friends. Although he still enjoys these activities, there are times (when his blood sugar level is off) that he has to sit on the sidelines. For an active boy like Jarred, refraining from these activities is like taking away part of his spirit.
Jarred’s diabetes was diagnosed almost a year ago when he was rushed to the hospital with a sugar level of 1020 (a normal blood glucose level is between 80-120). That shockingly-high number was a sobering reality for Jarred and his family who learned that he could have lapsed into a coma or could even have died. Over the past year, trying to keep a consistently healthy level has proven to be a daunting task. Doctors have struggled to find the right combinations of carbs, proteins and insulin that would keep Jarred healthy and active.