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Hello everyone! My name's Katie. I'm 17 years old and I'm from England (Nottingham). I've had diabetes since 1995, and at first it seemed really strange and I was scared as I didn't know what was happening to me. It all happened 1 day when I went to my granddads and my dad had told him that I was drinking an awful lot, as my granddad has diabetes he had some sticks, so I went to the toilet, and did what I had to do. On the stick was a little patch, I had to wait about 5 minutes for the results, my dad had told me that if it went a dark pink/purple colour I had to go to the doctors. I was really scared as I didn't know what was happening. The patch suddenly started going a really dark pink colour, I looked at my dad and I burst out crying, as I knew something was wrong with me.

Dad took me to the doctors and after a few more tests, I had to go to the hospital. When I got there I had to do more tests, and after an hour or so I was sitting up in bed talking to my nurse (Margaret) with all these funny pens and needles on my lap.

Margaret was telling me what was what, where I could do my injections, what I could eat and what I couldn't! I was lucky actually as I was only in the hospital for about 2 hours.

Everything was very strange at the start, and i didn't like it at all. Then about 4 years ago, I got rushed to hospital and nearly went in a coma! It all started as I had the flu and wasn't eating as I was just bringing it back up but I was still doing my injections, so my friend was making me warm water with sugar in it, to keep my blood sugar's, level. But I guess I had too many. I also couldn't do a finger jab (blood sugar) as I had run out of strips. My step-mum went out to get me a new machine as I needed to know what my blood sugar was. She came back and when I checked my sugars I was 40.5 mmol/l [729 mg/dl] so my dad rang 999 and I got rushed to hospital.

I stayed in the hospital for 3 days, after that scare I realised that I can't do anything about having diabetes, so I might as well get along with my life and deal with it.

The worst thing for me about having diabetes is checking your blood sugars.

You can e-mail me at katbabe2002[@]hotmail.com.

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Published February 12, 2003



                 
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