Next race Nov 17th Fall in the Brawl race #3 of 4 at FDMS, Land O' Lakes Florida
# 4 Lacy Kuehl First Win in Jr2 at Florida Dirt Motor Speedway This weekend racing for her brother Rocco and Addie Parker Drive for Diabetes Awareness www.DFDA.info "Check Don't Guess"
School kids rally around classmate who nearly died from diabetic ketoacidosis. It just may not be the flu.
"Check Don't Guess"
"They saved my life"
Next time you take your child to the Pediatrician or your child is feeling ill. Make sure they are not a victim of DKA. "Check Don't Guess"
It can and will happen to someone you love or know as it's just a matter of time. Will you listen or ignore Lauren?
February 8, 2015. This was the day we almost lost Lauren.
She got sick a few days earlier but we thought it was just a stomach bug. She stayed home from school the next day; a Friday, and by Sunday she would be rushed to the ER. I’ll never forget when they said she had Type 1 Diabetes. Like many people who don’t have a kiddo with T1D, I didn’t understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 and my first thought was, “She doesn’t even like sugar!”
Lauren didn’t have the usual symptoms of T1D onset like excessive thirst, hunger and weight loss. Though, looking back there were some small signs like the fact that she never wanted to eat candy and turned down cake at birthday parties. We just thought she was making healthy choices. And of course there was her infamous “2nd dinner” but we chalked it up to a quirky, comical, growing child.
Imagine one day your vibrant 7-year-old is running around the kitchen, recording a selfie video singing about the 50 states and two days later she’s unresponsive, breathing so hard you would think she was running a marathon but she’s lying on a hospital bed with a 10% chance of survival. Her temperature was 90 degrees and her pH was too low to register. She was in extreme Diabetic Ketoacidosis, or DKA, and her little body was shutting down. She went from bad to worse, developing Acute Respiratory Disease after aspirating during intubation. Getting a T1D diagnosis is traumatic enough, the prognosis was almost unbearable. This is not normal. But then, neither is Lauren. She’s exceptional. She not only lived, she endures. She has to poke her finger 8-10 times a day, count everything she consumes, and take all these numbers to figure out how much insulin she needs to live. She was calculating fractional serving sizes before she even learned fractions in school.
March 8th, 2015. The 5th Sunday after being admitted, Lauren walked out of the hospital without any complications other than T1D.
And here we are, three years later. We’ve endured. We’ve learned. We manage. I still tear up when someone asks how Lauren is doing because we came so close to having a different story to tell. But these are happy tears, a way to release all the emotions wrapped up in getting to keep and love this beautiful child and all the amazing adventures she has yet to explore. We hope for a cure. We advocate. We focus on spreading awareness of T1D, the importance of knowing the warning signs and testing for blood sugar levels at well visits to prevent DKA and help more T1Ds survive and thrive.
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Scroll down to read about Addison and how she has saved 40 lives after her death from Sudden onset Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Addie's family has allowed us to share and educate others. Lacy will be racing in Addie's memory. Parker family we thank you for allowing us to share your story.
08/12/11), Addie's parents took their sick daughter to the ER. Her 5th birthday was less than six weeks away. After arriving at the ER, an IV was started and blood is drawn. The doctor noticed something: her breath smelled very sweet. She ordered a blood sugar check. Micki (mom) remembers: "I said, 'What the heck??? You are wasting time.'" The night before, Addie had wet the bed and thrown up. When her head began hurting and she became dizzy with vision problems, her dad Darrell called Micki home from work. Addie--who wasn't normally a complainer--kept saying how badly her tummy hurt. They thought Addie might be dehydrated from the stomach flu. . . or have an obstruction . . . or appendicitis. Micki worked on a surgical unit at a hospital; of course, her mind automatically went there. And the thought of diabetes seemed unbelievable. Blood sugar 543. Type 1 diabetes. And DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). Addie would be transferred to a children's hospital via ambulance. To be sure T1D was the only issue: An x-ray of her tummy was clear. An ultrasound was clear, too. Transportation plans changed when Addie became unresponsive during a CT scan. She was intubated and never woke up. The scan showed a stroke. She was flown to Cardon Children's Medical Center. Her eyes were fixed and dilated, upon landing. An ICP device (a big metal bolt) was placed in her head to drain fluid and relieve pressure. After 6 days in the self-induced coma, her medical team gently told her family that nothing else could be done. Addie's brain had hemorrhaged through her spinal cord. She was gone. The next day on August 19, 2011, four-year-old Addie became a donor, leaving behind her mom, dad, and 9yo brother, Alec--while gifting 40 people with life-saving organs and tissues. Before this happened, Addie was happy and healthy. After learning more about Type 1 diabetes, her parents realized they had overlooked symptoms. Addie had been very thirsty and urinating more since the end of July. They had attributed her increased thirst and urination to her activity level and the Arizona heat--the temperature was soaring over 100 each day. Why would it be unusual for an active little girl like Addie to ask for sippy cups of water? And if someone drinks more, they naturally pee more, right? The Parkers continue to share their painful story to educate everyone they can to reach others about the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Addie continues to save lives.
"I know she lives on in others who received her gifts, and for that I am grateful." --Micki Parker
On 6.10.18 at Ambassador Speedway Wimauma, FL 10am-7pm Lacy Kuehl in the #4 Drive for Diabetes Awareness race cart will be racing in memory of Addison Parker. Lacy picked this story on her own. She approached us with, I know we race for DKA survivors but I want to race in her memory and share this story to help others by warning them of the deadly symptoms of Diabetes. These children do not need to die this is preventable. www.CheckDontGuess.org
21st - FDMS Points Night
Gates Open 1pm
Practice at 3pm
Rain out 4th - Points Night & FCKL
11th -Points race #12
Gates open 1pm Practice 3pm
18th - Points Night #13
Gates open 1pm Practice 3pm
25th - FDCS Florida Dirt Championship Series. Land O Lakes at FDMS
8th - Rain OUT
FDMS Points Night & FCKL
Gates open 1pm
15th - Points Night #15
SANDI DECAIRE CLASSIC
Racing for Lauren Koder DKA Survivor
BRAWL IN THE FALL SERIES RACE #1
Gates open 10am
22nd FDCS Florida DIrt Championship Series at Jasper, FL Cross Roads Motor Complex. Gates open at 7am practice at 9am.
28th - FDMS Practice / Fun NIght
29th-FDMS Points Race #16
6th -FDMS Points Night & FCKL (makeup from June 2)
Gates open 1pm
27th - Points Night
GHOST & GOBLINS DASH
BRAWL IN THE FALL SERIES RACE #2
Canceled November 3rd Jasper, Florida Crossroads Motorplex FDCS Florida DIrt Championship Series
Canceled November 9-10th World 100 at Jasper, Florida Crossroads Motor Complex
Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsports Festival
November 16, 2018 Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Street Party Sat Race Day 1 Courthouse Square, Inverne
#6 FDCS Florida dirt Motor Speedway
8th - DECEMBER 1st - FDMS -Points Night BRAWL IN THE FALL FINALE #4 Gates open 10am Practice 12pm
15th Points Night - Double Features and FCKL
(Oct 20th make up and August 4th)
Gates open 1pm
Philip's Story of DKA
2:57am. Headed to the hospital thinking Philip is completely dehydrated. This is not an attention thing. This is to notify all that I may not be in in the morning at work. I’ll keep you guys and everyone else in the know when we know. Again, I think dehydration is what we are looking at but can’t help him if he can’t keep anything down.
Mom: So quickly! We caught him early in diagnosis, and he was never in DKA before... He was fine yesterday morning, started going downhill at lunch, we thought it was just a tummy bug (which may have brought on the DKA)... Chris noticed his breathing was weird, and he was cold, so we came in. Good Dad
Dad: So, an update.. we have been moved from ER to PICU. When we got here his numbers both sugar and protein were bad. His temperature was 93.something and honestly, without telling us at first they were pretty worried about the little guy. Going forward from here it’s more IV and things to help remove the proteins from his body. We are going to have a meeting with the doctor and nurses. All and all it’s looking ok but until all of his numbers are back down in the normal range. Too much fluid in the brain and many other things to watch for the next several hours.
Ok, an update to the update. We will be here for at least the next 24 hours. If everything goes well we can leave tomorrow morning.
Dad: You can see he is breathing very hard and that’s actually a good thing. It’s his body fighting out the built-up gases from his organs. Sugar update is we finally have him around 380. He spiked around 720 so we are getting there. We are looking for that magic race of between 80 and 120 but have to take it very slowly or increase the risk of a cerebral edema.
Chris, Thank you for allowing Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC Non-Profit Charity to share your personal dealings with this terrible disease. We will continue to support all diabetics.
Phillip we got your back www.CheckDontGuess.org
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is no joke please be aware of the symptoms.
People may experience:
Your Race Winner for the #PhiipStrong150 is AJ Rogers a first-time winner on Racing for a cause. Drive for Diabetes Awareness will be sending AJ a DFDA hat. Way to go AJ you just won the #PhilipStrong150 We all raised $403.75 that money will be used to promote awareness of symptoms of diabetes that go ignored.
The DFDA #4 Brent Kuehl took 4th and was looking for 3rd but ran out of laps. The car came in the garage with a few dings and scratches but no major damage .23 secs of repair. Lots of great looking wraps out there with DIabetes Awarness on the track thank you. What a Great Monday Night for Diabetes Awareness.
The event was a success as thousands learned information on how to prevent certain death if diabetes is ignored and to Check Don't Guess" it just may not be the FLU. Philip and Lacy had a brief chat and talked about DKA Diabetic Ketoacidosis and how it has effected there lives. Lacy and Philip are very inspiring kids that have a no give up attitude and want to help others. Lacy will continue to race throughout Florida for Diabetic Ketoacidosis survivors Certain death from DKA that can be prevented with awareness and "Check Don't Don't Guess" it might just not be the FLU.
Watch the replay of the race on MaxSpeed TV and subscribe athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctKV_ONpeNI
Thanks to MaxSpeed TV for an AWESOME broadcast KR Sulfus you ROCK. Thanks to Racing for a cause for putting on this event run by Rick Hammond Jr and Chris Lague. Thanks to behind the scenes Adam Hammel doing graphics and poster work for promotion on getting this race done with and working with KR and MaxSpeed TV to make sure everything was right. Nascar Driver Ray Black Jr and pit crew member, Francois Pelletier Thanks for showing your support you put a huge smile on Lacy's face. Thank you to all the drivers as they donated to race.
Drivers: CJ Gates, Brent Kuehl, Kenneth Osbon, Wesley Whitfield, Bryan Hacker, Aaron Tolhurst, Ricky Hardin, Cody Jenkins, Douglas Johnson, Scotty Zirk, Conner Parise, Rick Hammond Jr, Lara Johnson, Christopher Lague, Ray Radford, Chandler Collier, Troy Radford, John Johnson, AJ Hamel, Douglas Wysocki, Shwan Cool, Jeffery Clifton, Andreas Lambert, Brian Rogers Jr, Francois Pelletier, Ray Black Jr and Rick Greenway.
Thanks to the none drivers that donated, Geoff Appelgren, Terry Rennert, KR Stolfus, Tom Quattlebaum, Brian Rogers jr, kris Parie, Charlie Smith, James Edwards, and Tim Giles. Without your support, none of this would be possible.
To see what Drive for Diabetes Awareness is up to.
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By supporting Drive for Diabetes Awareness, you play a pivotal role in helping diabetes awareness that helps, prevents, supports and ultimately educates others about diabetes and its complications. There are many ways you can help! Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Copyright © 2016 Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC - All Rights Reserved.
Take Note: Internet issues with the Scuba #07 car Ray Black Jr. That ended his night as soon as it began.
Ray has driven in Xfinity and Cup in Nascar. Thank you for your support Ray. You put a smile on many kids faces and your tire man Frency thank you as well. :)
Inverness Grand Prix & Motorsports Festival
November 16-17, 2018
Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Street Party
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Race Day
1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL
More Information at this LINK http://www.visitinvernessfl.com/224/Spectators
The Inverness Grand Prix and Motorsports Festival is a unique event that allows street karts to race at high speeds through downtown Inverness.
This event brings a large crowd down to visit the various shops and restaurants in the area. It is a family-friendly event with activities, car shows, vendors, and races throughout Saturday.
Be sure to watch us on facebook LIVE at Drive for Diabetes Awareness for LIVE CAST of the race or go to Twitter.com and search name @CheckDontGuess
Thank you for your support. www.CheckDontGuess.org
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