According to Mandy and Curtis Bisek, their daughter Sophie was healthy until age 5 when they noticed changes they chalked up to a growth spurt.
“She was thirsty all the time, eating more than usual and using the bathroom often. Our once energetic and happy girl was lethargic and not wanting to play as much,” they recall.
At a visit to her pediatrician they learned Sophie had type 1 diabetes. With dangerously high blood sugar, Sophie was immediately admitted to Gundersen Health System. This is when Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals first stepped in to help. “They provided food vouchers to keep us fueled during Sophie’s hospital stay when the last thing we were thinking about was ourselves,” Mandy remembers.
“We spent three days in the hospital where we learned how to care for Sophie—testing her blood sugar, monitoring everything she ate and computing the amount of insulin she needed. The hardest part was giving her insulin shots several times a day. This became our ‘new normal,’” says Mandy.
The Biseks quickly realized they couldn’t do this alone. But Sophie’s team of Gundersen Pediatric Specialty providers, diabetes educators and CMN Hospitals made sure they weren’t alone. A year and a half later, when Sophie received an insulin pump to automatically deliver the insulin she needs, CMN Hospitals was there to help with this expense.
“Our ‘super Sophie’ is handling her diagnosis like a super hero. She grows increasingly independent in managing her diabetes and she doesn’t let it get her down,” Mandy reports proudly. So like many other kids, Sophie will be off to camp this summer. There she will learn more about living well with her diabetes. CMN Hospitals is again helping with camp and transportation fees.
In addition to swimming and gymnastics, Sophie loves art and music and is learning to play the guitar. With aspirations to be a music teacher, who knows, someday this just might be Sophie’s “new normal.”