Hi. My name is Kevin. I live in Virginia. I am 10 years old and will be 11 in March 1999. I got diabetes on December 19, 1998. I know everyone remembers this date forever, but we have several reasons why we will never forget it! We were on our way to a family vacation in Florida and made an overnight stop in Atlanta. We went out to dinner the night of the 18th at this nice restaurant to start celebrating my sisters 13th birthday (that was going to be the next day).
The waiter was going to serve me a glass of Pepsi and ended up dropping it on my head! It was a very heavy glass too. I had a large bump on my head. The waiter and owner brought me ice and my dinner/dessert free! I ate the largest piece of cake I could. Later that night is when I started to get really really sick. My parents thought I ate too much cake, but then started to think that I may have had a concussion from the heavy glass. The hotel directed us the nearest hospital 20 minutes away. It was the scariest drive I ever had because I had a lot of pain and had trouble breathing. We spent 4 days at Scottish Rite Medical Center which was very caring. My sister spent her 13th birthday by my bedside.
Anyway, I am now taking 2 shots of insulin a day and feel like a pin cushion. It was scarey going to school for the first day back after the holidays but my school has been very supportive and loving. I go to a private school. My hobbies are soccer (indoor and out), basketball and tetherball. I have all the Nintendo systems and enjoy going on the computer. You can email me anytime!
Published February 5, 1999
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