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My name is Jessica Rose and I am 3 1/2 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September of 2003 (just 2 1/2 weeks ago). I was very thirsty and had to go to the potty a lot, sometimes I couldn't make it to the potty fast enough and I had accidents. My Mommy called my pediatrician and told him that she thought something was wrong since I was getting up 3 times a night to go potty. My doctor said if I didn't have pain when I went potty it was ok, that I was a kid and kids go potty a lot sometimes. My Mommy and daddy still felt something was wrong so they made me an appointment to see my doctor anyhow. My doctor took a urine sample and said my sugar levels were over 1000, so he took blood from my finger, my sugar was over 500. The doctor told my Mommy that I had Type 1 diabetes and I had to go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Mommy seemed very sad and I didn't understand why, she kept telling me everything would be okay. My daddy met us at the hospital and we went to the emergency room. At the emergency room they took a lot of blood from my arm, it was very scary. We spent 4 hours in the emergency room until I got my own room in the hospital with other little boys and girls. Mommy said that we would be staying in the hospital for a few days and that she promised everything would be okay. My Mommy told me that my body doesn't make insulin and without insulin I wouldn't feel like running, jumping or playing with my friends, I would be very tired.

We spent 4 nights in the hospital and I had many people poke needles into me. While we were there, Mommy, daddy and I looked at my special "Jessica pen" - my blood sugar tester, I learned how it worked and what it did, it made me not so afraid of my blood sugar tests. My needles made me cry and sometimes I needed 2 people to give them to me, I was very scared of them.

When we came home from the hospital Mommy and daddy told me that I wasn't sick, I was the same little girl they knew and loved, but we just were going to do things differently. Mommy seemed sad a lot and she always told me how much she loved me and that I don't make her sad. Mommy and I decided that diabetes 'sucks' but it's okay and we will all be okay, we just have to get used to it. I have 4 - 6 finger pricks a day and I don't even cry. I get the entire thing ready, I love to wipe my finger with water, I even help get the blood onto the strip. I have 3 insulin shots a day and am trying very hard to be brave and not cry for them. I get a special sticker when I don't fuss or cry on my shot. We've been home for 1 1/2 weeks and I have 4 special stickers, when I get 5 I can go to the pottery store and paint something. I even get to give my baby doll a shot. I don't like having my shots but I know Mommy and daddy love me and wouldn't give them to me unless I needed them. I have to admit they don't really hurt, the needle just looks scary. Mommy is getting me an Inject-Ease Pen she heard it will help make me less scared. Everyone tells me how brave I am. I don't really know what it means to be brave but I know that I am a very loved little girl. I have been getting lots of surprises for being so brave :-)

I love doing gymnastics, dancing, swimming, and chasing my baby brother Tyler around the house (he just turned 1). Send me an email at sshatford[@] if you want. I'd love to make some new friends.

Jessica Rose

Published October 5, 2003

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