Tess’s story: Diabetes is a daily reality

Tess, who has type 1 diabetes, when she was first diagnosed
Tess, around the time she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes [PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE KEELE FAMILY]
I was 4 years old when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. For a while before that, I had some of the classic symptoms but nobody recognized them. I was drinking water constantly, not eating much food and lost about 30 pounds. One hot summer day, I passed out on the playground. My mom took me to the hospital and they sent me right to Boston Children’s Hospital. The staff checked my blood sugar level — it was supposed to be about 100 and it was 859. I spent a week in the hospital.

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Antibiotic allergies: What you should know

Young boy takes a dose of antibiotics from his mom
PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week, a great time for everyone to learn more about using these medications wisely and safely. Antibiotics are the most common medications prescribed to young children — they are also the most common cause of drug reactions. These reactions can range from a simple rash to more severe conditions that require emergency treatment. The risk of reactions is one of the reasons health care providers are so careful about giving antibiotics only to patients with an infection that will be helped by them, such as a urinary tract infection, skin infection or pneumonia.

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The mighty Quinn: What it’s like to have midaortic syndrome

little boy with midaortic syndrome waits in his doctor's office
PHOTOS: SOPHIE FABBRI/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

My name is Quinn and I’m 9 years old. When I was younger, my doctors noticed that my blood pressure was really high — and little kids shouldn’t have high blood pressure. My mom and dad took me to our hospital here in Utah and we found out that I have a really rare condition called midaortic syndrome. That means one of the tubes connected to my heart is too narrow.

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Making the decision: Choosing MAGIC for midaortic syndrome

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RICE FAMILY/PHOTOS BELOW BY SOPHIE FABBRI AT BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Several years ago, the Rice family wouldn’t have imagined that they would be traveling some 2,000 miles across the country for care. But after their youngest son, Quinn, was diagnosed with midaortic syndrome, they knew they had to make the trip. In this rare but serious condition, the part of the aorta (the heart’s largest blood vessel) that runs through the chest and abdomen is narrow, leading to reduced blood flow. Midaortic syndrome can cause dangerously high blood pressure and can be life threatening if left untreated.

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