Hi. My name is Landon. I am 8 years old and I was just diagnosed on August 1 this year (1999). I was drinking a lot and was always hungry. I didn't feel good and lost 20 pounds in two weeks. I started breathing real hard and my mom rushed me to the hospital. They knew right away what it was. It was scary and they started putting needles in me for fluid because I was dehydrated too. My count was over 800. I spent a week in intensive care at the children's hospital. I learned a lot. I couldn't eat for two days, but when I could, I was real hungry.
I have to take two shots a day now of regular and NPH. It changes a lot because my counts go up and down. I do four finger sticks a day and I don't like them. At school I feel different because I have to go to the nurse to do my finger sticks and eat my snacks. But everyone treats me normal. At first I didn't want people to know I was diabetic, but now I don't care and most people like to watch me give my shot or take my blood.
I like to play soccer, football, hockey, basketball, rollerblade, and skateboard. I am still very active even with diabetes, but when I get low, I don't feel like doing anything and have to take an extra snack. I usually get light headed when I am low and get headaches when I am high.
I have a pet macaw (big parrot) named Conan. He's funny! I like to draw too. I would like to hear form other kids about diabetes.
Landon receives e-mail at Landker8@aol.com.
Published October 23, 1999
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