Our son Jonathan is three years old. On August 8, 2000 we took him to the doctor because he was having some unexplainable symptoms, the biggest of which was increased thirst. All of his symptoms could be explained away one way or another, especially his thirst on hot summer days on a farm. What made us think something was wrong was when the weather turned cool and his thirst increased, as did lazing on the couch all day, something our active boy rarely did. Well, the doctor's visit turned into a week long hospital stay. We now are learning all there is to know about diabetes, very quickly. Jonathan gets three shots of insulin every day, and many finger pokes to test his blood. He is very brave about the shots and pokes. He has told us that "diabetes sucks." We agree, Jonathan.
Jonathan comes from a large family. He is forth in line from a family of five. His oldest sister is 15 and his youngest brother is 20 months. We are all coping as a family and we are very close. Diabetes has hit us all in one way or another. Our latest struggle is that Jonathan refuses to wear his medic alert bracelet. We're working on it. At three years of age, Jon already can poke his finger for a blood test, and has announced that he wants to do his own needles. In time kiddo!
Jonathan starting pumping using a Medtronic MiniMed pump in March 2002. After many months of what we thought were infected pump sites and many summer rashes, we discovered that Jonathan was allergic to many of the components of the pump, including many of the tapes and barriers we were using to allerviate his discomfort. In September 2002, after a visit to the allergist, we went back to four shots a day. Things have been much easier for Jonathan since then.
Jonathan's Mom, Susan
Originally published August 27, 2000
Updated July 20, 2004
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 11:16:32
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