My name is Trinity, and I am five years old. My birthday is in August. I have had diabetes since I was two years old. My mummy says she remembers when the doctor called her and said I needed to go to the hospital. My mummy and daddy were very sad.
I am in Sr. Kindergarten and I love to go swimming, play at my friends houses and play dress up.
I have a cat named Elliott. My mum says he is silly.
This month I went on the MiniMed insulin pump. Right now, there is only water going through the pump so that everyone can learn some more. Tomorrow we are going to the hospital in Toronto so that the insulin can be put in my pump. This means no more needles for me. I am very excited about that! But I am nervous about getting the new site put in. The first time mummy did I was really scared. She put the cream on that freezes me, but I could still feel her touching my tummy so I cried. I told mummy that I would try to be very brave tomorrow. Mummy says that I'm already the bravest person that she knows.
Mummy says that when I'm on the pump, I can sleep in on the weekends, and not have to keep eating when my tummy is full. I'm glad about that!
I saw a little girl on this site who is on the same pump as me and she said she doesn't mind getting her sites changed. I hope I can be like that soon. Mum helped me send her an email. I hope that she writes me back.
Mummy says that when I'm eight, I can go to a camp where everyone there is diabetic, just like me! I would like to make some diabetic friends, if anyone wants to email me that would be great!
I hope some other kids read my story, and then they wont be sad and think that they are the only one with diabetes. I couldn't believe it when mum showed me the list of names of all the kids on this site.
January 2005 Update
Trinity has been on the pump for a few months now. And after re reading what I wrote in her story (as well as my own in the parents section) I am pleased to give this update.
Trinity has adapted to the site changes like the trooper she is. I was so concerned at the start of using the pump. Second guessing myself all the time. We have quite the routine down now.
Every third day, I go into her room around 6am, put on the Emla cream and let her sleep for another 45 minutes or so. Then when I wake her up, we just take off the cream and I do the site change. She still gives a little fuss once in a while -- she is only 5 after all, and it is a pretty intimidating needle -- but I'm pretty fast to insert it, and then it's done, we do her blood sugar test and have breakfast, get on with our day.
We even do her butt now too. Getting her to let me do that was a challenge. She really wasn't happy. But after constant explaining that we can't continue to use the same spots, (just like when she was on needles) she finally let me do it, and now she realizes it feels just the same as in the tummy, probably better since there is more fat there. She'd never admit that though.
I wanted to update this as I have received lots of emails from wonderful people who have sent me encouragement,and told me to hang in there, that it gets easier. It does. There are still days that we fight with low sugars, especially when she had the flu over Christmas, but disconnecting the pump and letting her sip on regular ginger ale was a benefit that we couldn't have done before the pump.
I'm so grateful, and feel so blessed. My daughter is bright, healthy and still, as stated earlier, the bravest person I know. Good luck to everyone out there. God bless.
Trinity and her mummy receive email at twogirls314[@]hotmail.com.
Published October 6, 2004
Updated January 10, 2005
Last Updated: Monday January 10, 2005 09:43:32
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