Hi. My name is Madelyn, Maddy for short. I am 5 1/2 years old and I live in Oklahoma. I was diagnosed with type I on July 4th, 2003 after a trip to the ER for what turned out to be pneumonia. My doctor had seen me the day before and she thought I had a virus because I had such a high temperature. She told me to go the ER if I felt worse. I had lots of x-rays and blood tests while I was there. My ER doctor came in and told my mom why I had been sick over the last few days and assured me that I would be well soon, but he did worry about my blood sugar levels. They were higher than normal: 298.
I went to my regular doctor the next day and she said she thought I had diabetes but wanted me to see a diabetes doctor (endocrinologist) to make sure. My diabetes doctor said that the blood tests showed that I had higher than normal blood sugar levels over the last few months and that we had caught the disease really early. I am in the "honeymoon phase" right now. While I was there, my nurse gave me a special bear that many of you may already know well, Rufus. Rufus taught me about taking shots and he even has a cool bracelet that tells people that he has diabetes. I just got my own bracelet two weeks ago! Rufus goes everywhere with me.
I check my blood sugar levels 4 or 5 times a day and sometimes I do it all by myself. Right now I take one shot a day, but that will probably change to 2 or 3 shots soon. I am getting used to the shots and sometimes I help my mom and dad draw up the insulin in the syringe. At first, I really dreaded taking the shots, but now I know how much better I feel after taking insulin and I don't complain. I like to show my friends how I can do my own finger pricks. They think it is neat.
I started Kindergarten this fall and I love school. My teacher has diabetes too. She always has sugar free candy and cookies for me to have during snack time. Today she gave me sugar free gummy worms! Yum. My favorite things to do are swimming, playing with my friends, going to school, reading stories and art. I am starting basketball in a few weeks, too. Diabetes is not fun, but I have decided that diabetes will not keep me from doing the things that I want to do and from becoming the person I want to be.
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Published September 14, 2003
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:17:08
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