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Hello, my name is Nathan and I am 6 years old. I was diagnosed July 6, 2004 at age 5. I started pumping July 7, 2005 and I love it. Before I was diagnosed I was thirsty all the time and went to the bathroom a lot. My mom was very concerned about me drinking so much she made me a doctor's appointment. The doctor said that I had diabetes and would have to go to the hospital to learn how to take care of my diabetes. My diabetes team is the BEST! I was very lucky, I did not have to stay in the hospital. My diabetes team taught my mom and dad how to take care of me and they were comfortable enough giving me shots and counting carbs that we got to go home that afternoon. That night I wanted to check my blood glucose by myself, and I did it. It hurt just a little but it wasn't too bad. Two days later, I gave myself my first shot, with the help of mom and dad.

Now I am pumping and I LOVE IT! I am able to have better control of my blood glucose and I am able to bolus by myself. I just have to show an adult my estimated insulin before I start the insulin delivery. The pump is a lot better than having to take shots everyday. The catheter hurts a little bit more than a shot but I only have to change it out every 2-3 days.

I am in first grade and I am allowed to check my blood glucose in class. I have the same nurse I had last year. I love nurse Bertha. She watches me like a hawk. And if she has any questions she will call my parents. My parents love nurse Bertha too.

I like to play T-Ball. I have played for the past two seasons and this season I will move up to Pee-Wees. I also like swimming, camping, hiking, and riding my pocket rocket motorcycle.

I would like to hear from other boys and girls about their diabetes. Nathan and his parents receive e-mails at jld37043 AT charter.net.

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Published August 14, 2005





                 
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