Back to Kids' Voices Oonagh Crotty
My name is Oonagh Crotty. I live near Cork City, Ireland. I will be 12 years old in January 1999. I have Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed on 8th July 1998. I give myself two injections of insulin every day and do blood glucose tests three or four times a day. I am the only one in the family with diabetes. I have one older brother named Alan. I enjoy cross-country and Track and Field Athletics. I am in the local Scout Troop. I learn keyboard and I enjoy art, especially painting and colouring. I like soccer. I am an Arsenal Football Club supporter. We have two dogs at home, Kesa, a Bernese Mountain Dog and Buffy, a Corgi. I help in caring for them and enjoy taking them for walks. I like listening to music. My favourite groups are, The Spice Girls, Oasis, R.E.M. and All Saints.

Around the time I was diagnosed was the worst time of my life. I had been away at Scout Camp and my dad, who is the Scout Leader, noticed I was having difficulty keeping up with the activities. He was surprised because I should have been one of the fittest at camp from my athletics training. I was feeling miserable and tired most of the time. When we did water activities I was shivering with cold. When I came home from camp my mother thought I had lost a lot of weight even though I had been eating and drinking a lot. My mother, who is a nurse suspected what was wrong and took me to the doctor. While waiting for the test results she took me to town. She did not tell me then but she was letting me have my last wild time with ice-cream and sweet things. We had just arrived home and the phone rang. It was the doctor confirming I had diabetes and he said I had to go to hospital straight away. I felt terrible and cried my eyes out. My mum and dad comforted me and took me to hospital where I was put on a drip. I had blood tests done every hour for the first day. I was in hospital for four days. Eventually my blood glucose level came down and on the second day I learned how to give my insulin injection and do my blood tests. I did not like that at all but have now accepted that they have to be done.

I am still getting used to my diabetes, especially balancing my blood glucose levels. I do not miss sweet things too much as before running I am able to treat myself to something sweet like chocolate as I use up that energy while running. I have regained my fitness level now and am looking forward to the track and field season in 1999.

I would like to get email from anyone with similar interests. I can be contacted by email at my dad's address:

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Published January 1, 1999

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