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Kendra was diagnosed just after her 2nd birthday. The doctor put us off for a week when we first asked about why she was drinking so much. Then I got very insistent and had her checked for diabetes on the advise of a friend. We (Kendra, her 3 month old sister, her dad, and mom) all went to the hospital for 5 days. Our church family came by with presents, food, and encouragement. Mom just about passed out the first time they pulled out the needle but got used to it quickly.

Kendra was on every regiment of insulin combinations that we could think of. Her numbers were ok but it was VERY difficult to make adjustments to a child who weighed 30 pounds. A half unit of humulog would send her plummeting to the 40s. So we'd wait until she was really high or force feed her while giving her a shot. Our last attempt with shots was with Ultralente and Humulog when she ate. We still had to be on a schedule but then she could eat during the day periodically. When she ate we would give her a shot based on a carb to insulin ratio. She got up to about 8-10 shots per day.

I researched intensely and fought the doctors to put her on a pump. I never got any real reason why not to put a 3 year old on a pump. I met with all 3 pump reps and was confident that this was the way to go. I finally changed doctors and Kendra was put on the Animas pump just after Thanksgiving. It has not solved all of the problems but has given us the ability to make better adjustments. I can giver her a tenth of a unit of insulin if need be (but I regularly give her about a .3 to bring her down from the 200s). Try doing that with a syringe. I make her small pump pockets with the Little Mermaid on it, 101 Dalmations, pink, purple, or whatever fancies her at the time.

We are in a small city outside of Seattle and are just now getting a support group together for parents of kids with diabetes. We also have a mentor program set up for "experienced" parents to meet with newly diagnosed parents while they are in the hospital. This gives the new parent a contact and support for those difficult few months ahead of them. If you are in this area, please feel free to contact me.

My most help and encouragement came form other parents of small children. Please contact me if you think that I may be of any assistance or encouragement with you and your little one.

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Kendra wearing her pump in the Little Mermaid pump pocket

Published January 19, 2001

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