I bet looking at me in these pictures you wouldn't think anything was wrong with me, huh? But looks are deceiving because I have juvenile diabetes!
My name is Logan and I am 3 years old. One year ago I nearly died from this disease. I was diagnosed on June 9, 2000 at the age of 2 1/2 and the next day on June 10th I was lifeflighted for being in the advanced stages of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). I was slipping into a coma. I spent two days in the pediatric ICU where my new pediatric endocrinologist took very good care of me.
I'm doing much better now and I really like my endocrinologist. But this has still been a difficult year and diabetes is hard on me. When I get ill, it lasts for a long time now and I get a lot sicker than I used to. I don't like my shots, they hurt! But I'm getting pretty used to the fingersticks. After my mommy checks my blood, I like to count down with the meter and then give it to her when it registers my blood sugar. Because I am a toddler and my activity is never the same, I suffer from a lot of lows. This sometimes makes me disoriented and confused. I get really sleepy and I don't feel good. My mom has to force sugar down me sometimes when I don't want to take it and I don't like that.
One of my favorite things to do is go eat pizza at Mazzio's. When we go there, mom gives me an extra shot of insulin so I can eat more than one piece of pizza. Usually I'm on a pretty strict schedule and diet to control my blood sugars, so hopefully I won't suffer complications from the diabetes later in life. But there are times we make exceptions and I get extra things.
I love to play outside with my little brother and our three dogs and one cat. Chance and I are 25 mos. apart. I like diggers a lot (bulldozer's, backhoe's, etc.) so my mommy decorated my room in diggers and dump trucks. Chance likes trucks a lot. I love books. My mommy always reads to me. I really enjoy swimming, playing with my cars and trucks, and wrestling with my Uncle's Stevie and Jason. And I like to ride my bike even though it causes me to suffer from a lot of lows after I go to sleep at night.
We have a family walk team called "Logan's Heroes" in the JDRF Walk. The picture of me in the tuxedo was taken 2 weeks before I was diagnosed. I was the ringbearer in my Uncle Ike's wedding. The other picture is of my brother and I. It was taken last month (May 2001). Chance and I are very close. Sometimes it is hard for me to understand why I have to have shots everyday and he doesn't. I hope a cure is found soon. I don't like having diabetes! If you would like to read my mommy's story about me, it is on the parents' page under Deena Sheets.
Chris and Deena Sheets, parents of Logan, receive e-mail at email@example.com
Logan two weeks before diagnosis
Logan and his brother Chance
Published June 3, 2001
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:16:41
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