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A New Leamon Boy…..

April 4th, 2014

As some of you may know, our oldest boy, Parker (Wyatt’s older brother), has Type1 Diabetes.  He was diagnosed at age 6, about two years after our little Wyatt passed away.   Parker and Wyatt share the same Autoimmune “family” of disease that has plagued our family.

Toward the end of last year, we got serious about a new venture in our lives.  We decided to put down a deposit for a “scent-trained” service dog which will help alert us of Parker’s high & low blood sugars.

After an amazingly successful Fund Raising Campaign for this new addition to our family, we are proud to announce that we are scheduled to pick up our puppy on Easter weekend.   Parker and mom are scheduled to DRIVE (!!) to Salt Lake City, UT to get this amazing little dude that we know will change our lives in so many ways.

So many of you have followed our journey of life after losing Wyatt so I wanted to share what this new family member means to us.   Unfortunately, when Wyatt’s little body turned on him from an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, we had no option but to respond “reactively” to his autoimmune hepatitis diagnosis.   Sadly, there was not enough time for our boy.   And while we do not adhere to the “things happening for a reason” philosophy, we do believe in the importance of learning from our experiences.

For our Parker, this scent trained dog (who will be able to help us detect highs & lows in his blood sugar based on the scent of Parker’s breath) will be another one of those “Proactive” measures to help Parker live a happier, fuller life!   Parker has been on an insulin pump for about a year and we have plans to get him on a continuous glucose monitor soon.   This new pup will add to the list of life-saving efforts that we are committed to in our family.   Even with all these allies to combat Type1 Diabetes, we will still see swings in Parker’s blood sugar.  It’s just the nature of the beast.

Thank you for all of your support~we are thankful to share our journey with all of you!

-Trisha

Children’s Hospital, Disneyland and Parker

September 1st, 2011

Parker at Disneyland on Wyatt's Birthday

I’m pretty sure that Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) is NOT the happiest place on Earth.  Having had plenty of experience with hospitals over the course of being a father, I can say that this one is fairly decent.  But it sure as hell ain’t Disneyland.

We were packing our car, getting ready to take our annual trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA to commemorate Wyatt’s birthday (he would’ve been four-years-old on Friday the 2nd).  We’ve been coming to Disneyland every year at this time, including the year he passed.  This go around, however, we felt almost immediately that this would be a very different trip.  Wyatt’s older brother, Parker who just turned six a couple months ago, was clearly under the weather.  We already had concerns about his health and even had an appointment set with his doctor to test him because we were concerned about him potentially having diabetes.  But as we prepped for our trip, he began to really show signs of being sick (vomiting, lethargy, unquenchable thirst, etc.).  By the time we reached our destination, we new that it was very likely we would be spending far more time with hospital staff than we would with Mickey Mouse and friends.

Anyone who follows the Wyatt Leamon Foundation knows of Wyatt’s Story and since the events of that tragedy has taken place, our family has undergone a massive shift away from traditional Allopathic medicine and more towards a Hollistic lifestyle.  This basically consists of better nutrition, more exercise and preventative care such as Chiropractic.  It’s taken several years, and while our shift has been a positive one, its situations like this that really put it to the test.

As you can imagine, given the massive failures of the medical system that failed Wyatt, we don’t subscribe to rushing ourselves or our children to the doctor.  We believe that given the dangers (one of the leading causes of death in the United States is our medical system including drug reactions, hospital errors and misdiagnosis), going to the doctor and/or taking drugs should be a last resort.  And while we believe we’ve found a good balance between a more natural, healthy lifestyle and less reliance on Western medicine, I’m thankful to report that our parental instincts kicked in at the right time and we prevented what could’ve been another devastating blow to our family.

Parker was taken to the ER at CHOC around 9pm on Wednesday, August 31st.  He had been throwing up most of the day, was asking for water constantly and by the time we reached our hotel room, was weak and we were concerned with him becoming dehydrated.  After a few phone calls and seeing his condition worsen (his eyes literally rolled back into his head), we brought him in, ironic really given we were in Anaheim to celebrate Wyatt’s birth yet 30 days before he passed, we had gone through a similar experience.

Turns out, my beautiful little boy is going to have to manage a life-long disease.  He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and when we brought him in, he was in a state called “ketoacidosis”.  This is essentially a spiked blood sugar level that can happen to diabetics where if it isn’t treated, could lead to severe injury including coma. I cannot tell you how freaked out I am as I sit here and write at the thought of what could’ve happened to my son, only three years after we lost Wyatt.  Needless to say, the words “deep end” and “over the edge” come to mind.

But what happens now?  Well, Parker is slowly stabilizing and meeting all expectations for his treatment.  We do expect him to recover and return home soon.  Unfortunately, our Disney celebration of Wyatt’s birthday will not get a chance to take place and instead, we’ll have the pleasure of spending our vacation time in the hospital learning how this life-long disease will impact our family.  Unfortunately, just like Wyatt, he is suffering from an autoimmune disease where his immune system is prohibiting his organs from functioning properly (in this case, his Pancreas from properly regulating insulin in his bloodstream).  Ultimately, this means that he will need to manage this disease the rest of his life and if he falters, the consequences could be deadly.

Parker and Wyatt

So once again, just like after the loss of our son Wyatt, we are left with the lingering questions of, why?  Why us?  Why our children?  Why do these issues continue to haunt our family?  And of course, what of the twins, could they be next?

I am sure that one day, we’ll look back on this and realize we’ve made it past, just like we did with Wyatt.  We’ll know what it’s like to be happy again, I am positive of that.  But for now, this is a very, very sad time for our family as we experience more heartache for what is happening to our children.  It’s just so unfair, so uncalled for and to be frank, I’m so damn tired of this shit.

I do appreciate the fact that the WLF was something we pursued after Wyatt passed.  The research and education we’ve experienced since creating the WLF has taught this family that a healthy lifestyle is a better lifestyle.  And given the nature of the choices we’re already making regarding nutrition and more specifically, sugar, I’m hopeful that our family moving forward is properly equipped to handle the changes we’re going to have to make.  My plan is to document those changes here on our blog and hopefully, they will continue to help and inspire others.

In the meantime, as with Wyatt, we are being inundated with questions for how we can be helped.  I think the best thing you could do is tell Wyatt’s Story and donate to his foundation to help us support this website.  There are even no-cost things you can do to help the WLF and perhaps we will have to expand our article topics into the diabetes realm.

–Corey