Mr. Perry goes to Washington: Santa Rosa Beach teen raises awareness about diabetes

caleb perry
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 17:13 PM.

It was Mother's Day 2005. Chris and Renae Perry weren't celebrating at brunch with the family. They were at the hospital looking after their 5 year old son, Caleb. They weren't prepared to hear the diagnosis — Caleb had Type I Diabetes.

The symptoms were clear in hindsight, said Renae.

"The weekend before Mother's Day, we noticed Caleb was feeling bad, vomiting, going to the bathroom two or three times an hour," she recalled. "We thought he was dehydrated."

It was Chris that realized Caleb was slipping into unconsciousness. They rushed to the hospital, where the doctors immediately took Caleb back.

"They could smell the ketoacidosis," Renae said, referring to process in which high levels of acid build up in blood when the body doesn't have enough insulin.

Caleb had to stay in the Intensive Care Unit for three days.

"We were in absolute panic," Renae said. "How did we miss it? It was overwhelming to know that we had to give our 5 year old shots and that he'll have to continue that for the rest of his life."



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