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My name is Austin. I am five years old and have diabetes. I was just diagnosed on December 3, 2010 (which ws also my birthday!) My mom had a harder time with me being in the hospital than I did because I just played with toys while she cried! I am very brave (that's what my mom says). I test my own blood and don't cry. I don't know what the numbers mean but I tell my mom what I am, and then ask if I am perfect. Of course, she always says yes! I don't love the shots, but my mom and dad are going to a pump class so I guess I will be getting one of those soon. I am a busy boy and love to play with toys, ride my bike, and play the WII. I am going to play T-ball this year. I can't wait.

My name is Lisa, Austin's mom. What a long two months it has been -- but we have learned so much and, most importantly, how to take care of our son. There is a lot to learn, and I am sure more and more each day, but we are getting more comfortable as time goes on. It felt like taking a new baby home when we left the hospital -- a lot of fear, anxiety, sadness -- but it is what it is, and I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and that Austin is a very special boy to be given this challenge. We are just hoping for a cure like everyone else, but, in the meantime, we are so glad that it can be managed. All I can say is this takes organized to a whole new level!

Pumping Update

We are now a little over 4 months of being diagnosed. Things are much better than they were. A lot more knowledge and understanding, and a big part .... acceptance!

We hopped right on the band wagon of getting Austin a pump and just had the pump start on Monday the 11th of April. We did a lot of research prior and a lot of reading so we knew which way to go that would be best suited for Austin and our family. We chose the Animas Ping. We have been pumping now for five days and I can honestly say I would never go back to the other way of daily injections.

We did our first infusion site yesterday and he faired well. Was a little nervous on both parts (Austin and us) but we did just fine and now not another poke until Sunday. We have had one low in a weeks time, where as before we were dealing with that on a daily basis with injections. We are in the process of course of fine tuning the dosing which will take awhile, but I can already see that once you figure it out pumping is the way to go. Austin is much happier knowing he can eat without having an injection every time, and the stress of that has completely decreased. It is so nice to be able to be in the car and give him a snack without pulling over and taking out the syringes and insulin. We now can just dose him from our seat in the car. He giggles every time we deliver insulin because he says it "kickels"!

I am just very happy to know that there are things out there to help manage this disease to the best of our abilities. I am also happy to know that life does go on with diabetes. We are definitely going to live by the motto of "Diabetes will not be controlling us -- we will control it!" Here is a picture of my son with his pump. As you can see, diabetes has not got him down! Some of my biggest advice I can give and will continue to give is it's all in the attitude, and attitudes are contagious! So if you can make sure you have a good upbeat attitude around your child, you will be surprised by the attitude they will have as well! Good luck to all. My heart is with every family that is dealing with this!!

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Published February 15, 2011
Updated May 4, 2011



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