My name is Emilee. I am nine and a half. I was diagnosed in 2004, when I was 7 1/2.
My mom noticed I was going to the bathroom A LOT at night, and once I even wet the bed. This went on for a few days. My mom had a bad feeling about it because her sister was diagnosed at age 13, and both of her uncles have type I. We always kept a meter at our house for when my aunt came to visit. After 3-4 nights of going to bathroom a lot, one morning my mom checked my fasting blood glucose. It was 583. She called my doctor. He said for me to come in right away. They rechecked it. They said I have diabetes. My mom cried. I didn't really understand. The doctor was amazed that I wasn't in a coma or trying to sleep a lot. I know now that he was talking about DKA. I was acting "normal" but on that day, the EXTREME thirst hit me. Man was I thirsty! I couldn't get enough to drink. They sent me to the Children's Hospital, 2 hours away. I was there for almost a week, and my mom stayed the whole time, but my dad had to work, so he just came each day to see me. My nanny couldn't make the trip there but she called me every night. She helped me to not be afraid because she told me about when they diagnosed my aunt, and she was a young girl too. The doctors kept coming into my room, and the nutrition folks and the nurses. I had IVs and many shots. It was a scary time. But they were very good to me and there was a playroom right beside my room. When they got me stable, they let me go play in there.
It was a hard time for me. When I got to come home from the hospital I thought I wouldn't need any more shots. When it was time to eat and my mom said she'd count the carbs, I told her I didn't want a shot. She said that if I eat, I have to have a shot. I told her that I would never eat again, and we both cried. But it is getting easier. You have to be brave, and strong. I eat right, I do gymnastics, I exercise with my mom, we go for walks, and I play like any 9 year old does. I am going to walk in the walk for a cure, and I pray a cure will come in my lifetime.
I take 4-5 shots per day, and probably 10-12 finger sticks. I take Lantus and Novolog. Maybe I will get to go on the pump soon. My mom and I went to the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life 2006 conference in Orlando this year. It was great. Mom learned a lot and I got to meet and make friends with kids just like me.
I don't have any friends locally who have diabetes, and there are only two with Type I in my school system. But I made a lot of friends at the conference, and I hope to see them again next time.
Published September 10, 2006
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