My name is Thomas. I will be 4 in December 2000. Before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was very thirsty and wetting through my diapers all the time. Mom thought it was because I was drinking so much. I was tired a lot and took long naps and went to bed early and slept late in the mornings. It all happened so gradually that Mom and Dad didn't realize I was sick. When I was 22 months old I got very sick with flu like symptoms. Mom took me to the doctor and he said I just had tonsillitis, so he sent me home. The next day, October 29, 1998, I was in a diabetic coma. Mom picked me up and drove very fast to the hospital emergency room. Within 10 minutes they told her that I had diabetes. She called my dad and he came to the hospital with my big brother James, he's now 6. They took me by ambulance to the Children's Hospital in Dallas where I stayed in ICU until the next night and then they moved me to my own room for 5 more days.
I hated the hospital. I was very scared to go to sleep, because everyone kept coming in to poke me and give me shots. I just wanted my Mommy to hold me. While I was in the hospital I developed a blood clot in my leg from the IV they had to put in my main femoral vein. Mom and Dad learned how to take care of me and so did my Maw Maw. After I got home from the hospital, I had to take 3 insulin shots a day, poke my finger 4-6 times a day and take 2 blood thinning shots a day (they really hurt). I still have the blood clot, but I no longer take the blood thinning shots. I wear a compression stocking on my leg.
I sometimes push the button on the lancet device to check my blood sugar. I get to pick which finger to poke and I usually tell Mommy or Daddy when I feel low. I still don't like my shots, but I usually let Mommy or Daddy give them with no trouble. My favorite place for shots is in my arms. I wish I could do them there all of time.
My Mom and me talk about diabetes alot to other people. We want them to understand the disease and how important diabetes management is and we are hoping and praying for a cure. This year is a very big year for me. I went to Orlando with my family and with my friends from Children with Diabetes. We are raising money for JDF in the WALK FOR A CURE. Our goal family goal is $20,000. Check out our website at http://marksalot.com/jdf2000.htm. My mom and I are speaking at our local schools about diabetes. Mom let's me stick her finger in the classes to show the students what I do everyday. Last year the kids helped me raise money for our walk. I haven't been able to go trick or treating the last two years because I was in the hospital on Halloween both years. I really want to go this year. We are going to collect money for the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami when we trick or treat and finally I am old enough to play Soccer. Our first game is in September.
You can email my Mom at Cheryl@marksalot.com.
Published September 17, 1999
Updated 22 August 2000
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