Hi. My name is Justin. I live in Whitefish, Montana. I was diagnosed with diabetes on February 12, 1999, Valentine's Day weekend. I was 7 years old when I was diagnosed.
I was really sick, drinking a lot, vomiting, and breathing hard. I didn't feel good and lost 11 pounds in three days. My parents took me to the hospital and the doctor stuck my finger and checked my blood. It was scary and they started putting needles in me for fluid because I was dehydrated too. My count was over 1600. I spent 3 days in intensive care at the children's hospital in Dallas. I learned a lot. I couldn't eat for two days, but when I could, I was real hungry.
I have to take two shots a day now of regular and NPH. It changes a lot because my counts go up and down. I do four finger sticks a day. At school I feel different because I have to go to the nurse to do my finger sticks and eat my snacks. But everyone treats me normal. At first I didn't want people to know I was diabetic, but now I don't care and most people like to watch me give my shot or take my blood.
I like to play TaeKwonDo, rollerblade, and ride on my 4 wheeler. I am still very active even with diabetes, but when I get low, I don't feel like doing anything and have to take an extra snack. I usually get light headed when I am low and get headaches when I am high.
My Sithie (Grandma in Arabic) is also diabetic. She was diagnosed when she was a little girl also. We like to race each other to get our shots and to check our blood. She is always good at helping me to remember my snacks when I visit her in Chicago. She knows what it is like to feel high and low. I like to go to her house, because she has a dog named Cinder, a cat named Silky and 2 horses named Zach and Diamond. There are a lot of fun things to do at there house.
I have three sisters: Alissa 9, Jordan 7 and Peytyn 6 months. My birthday is February 21 and I will be 9 years old.
I have 2 iguanas named Iggy and Fookes. I would like to hear from other kids about diabetes.
Justin receives e-mail at [email protected]
Published February 27, 2000
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