Hello, my name is Daniel. I am 4 years old and live in Arkansas. When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2001, I was only 3 years old. I have one sister, Carolynn age 1 1/2 years old. Over a couple of weeks, my mommy and daddy got really concerned when they caught me in the middle of the night sneaking into the kitchen eating and drinking a lot of water. Then I started to wet the bed and they get really scared. They took me to the doctor and they checked my blood sugar in the doctor's office and it was 581. I got really scared when I was rushed me to Arkansas Children's Hospital in an ambulance. We stayed three days in the hospital. And we learned a lot about diabetes and how to give shots and check blood sugars regularly.
I can handle the shots a lot better now and as long as I get to pick out which finger gets poked and which band-aid I can have, I'm ok with it all. I am starting to help mommy and daddy give myself shots. They put the rocket to my arm or leg and I will push the plunger down. I get so excited, I almost forget about my band-aid. My sister sometimes wants her blood sugar checked. She doesn't cry at all. She is really brave.
Daniel and his family receive e-mail at larissa.gardner [at] alltel.com.
Published January 20, 2002
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