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My name is Katlynn. I'm 15 years old and found out I had type 1 diabetes about a year and a half ago on November 11, 2006. I remember the whole day. I thought I had a bladder infection so my mom made me go see the doctor. I was a normal kid for most of the day, before going to the doctor we decided to go get Starbucks coffee which is loaded in sugars and what not. Anyway after getting my coffee me and my mom headed to the doctor. We took a urine test and the doctors noticed that sugar was emptying out into my urine, which is pretty strange I guess. The nurse came in and said I needed to check my sugar to make sure it was ok as well. It took me about 15 minutes to get it checked, because I had always hated those dumb finger pricker's. The nurse had a blank look on her face, so I thought it was normal. I asked her what the reading was. She had told me it was 404 and then left. Me and my mother had no idea what that meant so we called my Grandfather. He would know because my Uncle had been a type 1 diabetic for over 20 years. He then called my uncle who said that wasn't very good. My doctor came into the room telling me she was pretty sure I had type 1 diabetes. I broke down into tears. I was scared and realized my life would never be the same. So my mom rushed me to the hospital to get test done, and turns out here I am 1 1/2 years later with type 1 diabetes. It's been the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life. I range from sugars as low as 23 and readings as high as 600+.

My school work has been effected, since I miss school weekly. Teacher's and other school people don't understand how hard it is to become a new diabetic. I will miss school for 3 or 4 days to come back to test's and huge piles of make up work due the next day. Its like no one can give me a break, they just give me attitude since I miss class. I mean it really upsets me to think I'm so stupid and cant do good in school, or to think I can't ever make it to college. I feel most of the time overwhelmed by everything going on in my life at this point.

Diabetes is not a topic I like to talk about but I figured why not write this blog about it to people who understand what I'm dealing with. I get very upset talking about diabetes since I personally think it has ruined my life. Yes, there is things so much worse than diabetes but I think this is not something a regular child should have to go threw. I have so much things to worry about, I'm failing school, have visited the hospital quite a few times due to high sugars and ketones. Since I had ketones I have lost about 10 pounds from being so sick. In the future I would really like to be able to volunteer in the hospitals to children who under go the same thing I felt when I first heard the news about diabetes. I think maybe if I had someone who went threw this before me to talk to me while in the hospital I would have been a little more comfortable with it.

As I write this now, my sugar has come up on my meter "HIGH GLUCOSE- 600 OR HIGHER" therefore I feel really crappy. I found that drinking water helps the sugars go down. I take normally 4 to 5 shots per day of NovoLog and the night time shot of Lantus. Between 10-16 units per meal and 22 units before bed. Before I go to sleep I normally check my sugar to make sure its ok, if its high I never can sleep good, because mostly I'm scared that if I fall asleep high I will never wake up. Like right now, its 12:38 and I have to get up for school in 5 hours. My mom is very on top of my diabetes, she really tries to care for me and help me over come this. But for some reason I suck at controlling my sugars. I really hope I can overcome this battle and not let it get in the way of the rest of my life. I don't have much to advise other diabetic about since I don't think I'm in any position to give advice but I think we all need to really strive to fix this problem and help anyway possible to find a cure.

You can email me at Katiegirl64 AT

Published July 6, 2008

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