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Hi, my name is Scott. I just turned 8 years old and live in Germantown, Wisconsin. I am in the second grade and have a 5 year old sister named Kayla and a 2 year old brother named Mitchell. I was diagnosed with diabetes on February 14, 1998. I blamed my mom because she is diabetic too. She got diabetes shortly after I was born. I'm not as mad as I used to be about having diabetes because I pretty much do everything I did before, but it is still hard sometimes. My mom is on an insulin pump. Both my parents know a lot about diabetes and that helps me handle it. I take three shots a day plus all the finger pokes. I used to take only two shots a day, but my doctor told me three would help me better control my blood sugars. I used to have a lot of highs and lows. I get a shot in the morning, lunch time, and at night. At school, I use a Humalog pen and give myself the shot in the nurses office. I used to only like getting my shots in my arms, now I am finally giving myself the shots in my legs, hip, and stomach. I was afraid at first, but now I like giving myself the shot in my stomach because it doesn't hurt as much. It was really tough for a while.

I love all sports and play the drums. My favorite sport is football. I won the punt, pass and kick competition for my age group last year in my area. My dad and I went to a Green Bay Packers game against the Detroit Lions this year in Green Bay. It was my first game, it was cool. I guess I should tell you I'm a huge packer fan, but I like alot of other teams too. I collect NFL replica helmets (Ridell Mini's) and have about half the teams already.

I am busy just about everyday doing something. Staying busy keeps my mind off of my diabetes and makes me feel better. I have to check my blood sugars more often when I am playing hard and sometimes need some juice or a snack. Sometimes its a pain when my dad asks me how I'm feeling all the time, but I know he just cares about me and doesn't know how it feels when you are high or low like mom and I do.

Most of my friends know about my diabetes and support me. I am the only kid in my school with diabetes. Some of my friends like to watch me do my pokes and shots, as long as they don't have to! When I get mad about my diabetes, my mom and dad usually give me a hug and tell me that I can do anything I want to do, it's just a little harder getting there sometimes with diabetes.

Our whole family walks in the "Walk to Cure Diabetes" sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to raise money to help find a cure. My Mom, Dad and I ride our bikes in the "Tour De Cure" Bike ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association held at a local college. A lot of my mom's and dad's friends ride in the bike ride every year. Last year our team won the trophy for raising the most money.

I would like to hear from you You can e-mail me at 5mcconnells@milwpc.com

  Scott
Scott

Published February 6, 2000
Updated April 9, 2000



                 
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