Soon after Rylan Long’s second birthday last October, his father noticed his son wasn’t eating and had been sleeping more than usual. When he vomited, Bowling Green parents Paul and Sheila Long just thought, “oh, it’s just the flu,” but called his pediatrician just to be safe. The pediatrician responded that the flu was going around and said just to keep an eye on him.
But baby Rylan continued to be lethargic. He would sleep, have a cup of water, then overflow his diaper. When his breathing became labored, Sheila instinctively knew something was not right and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital West in Lake St. Louis. At this point, Sheila was afraid Rylan had meningitis.
His blood work came back after 30 agonizing minutes, and with it came a tremendous blow.
“Your son does not have the flu, and his white blood cell count is normal, but he is diabetic,” announced Dr. Amy Thomas. Rylan was transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just 22 days after his second birthday.
To read the complete story on Rylan, see the front page of this week’s Bowling Green Times.