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Natalie Hi My name is Natalie, I am almost two years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes one day before my first birthday. I spent my birthday in the hospital with my Mom. It was the coldest night of the year. Some of the roads were closed and my Dad and sister could not even come visit me. My birthday is 2 days before Christmas so I got lots of presents when I was in the hospital. A lady from a Beanie Baby store came and gave me two retired beanie babies, one was for my sister. Everyone was so nice.

Some of my favorite people are my doctor, Dr. Banerjee and my diabetes educators, Claudia, Carol and the newest one, Natalie (I like her name). They work at Valley Children's Hospital where my Mom and dad had all their training to care for my diabetes. When I was diagnosed my bloodsugar level was 850. At the time, my Mom took me to the pediatrician and he was treating me for an ear infection which I never had. Then my Mom asked the doctor to check me for diabetes and sure enough, I had it. My Mom was right! The doctor didn't want to check me for it at first but, because my Mom woke up in the middle of the night and God had put it on her heart that that was what was wrong, he was surprised himself. My Mom, dad and big sister, Amy cried a lot. I am the youngest patient to be diagnosed at our diabetes clinic. Everyone knows me and I have made a lot of new friends at the clinic. They say I am famous!

I will never know any other way of life. Everyone asks my Mom if I cry when she does a finger poke or gives me an injection and I don't at all. It does get in the way when I am playing or watching Winnie the Pooh. Everyone at church and in my Sunday school class knows not to give me snacks until a certain time. I have lots of people praying for me and my family. This is hard sometimes, especially at my birthday party this last December. I had a cupcake instead of birthday cake. Which was just great. I had a lot of fun opening my presents and most of all blowing out the candles on the cupcake.

My life since I have been diabetic has had many changes since diagnosis. I have been hospitalized 3 times for DKA. My Mom and dad work very hard to control it, but with illnesses, growing, and insulin regimens my blood sugars are up and down all the time.

On February 18th I started on the insulin pump. It hasn't gone well yet. I am currently off the pump (back to shots) because of infections I got from the insertion sites. We hope to find the right one and start pumping again soon, when it all clears up.

It is now March and I am back pumping again. I started using the MiniMed Micros and they work great, three site changes and no infections. My mom got some instuctions confused about snacks and we had to start all over again with counting carbs and bolus, etc. So things are much better now and I even got to go to the beach and play in the sand. My mom covered my pump with a zip-lock bag and didn't get one grain of sand or drop of water in it. It was a lot of fun. I still have to check my bloodsugars a lot. My mom and dad get up every night and check them at midnight and 3am (yawn). That is probably the hardest part besides holding me down to change the sites. I am very greatful that my mom decided to ask the doctor about the pump. I am going to get much healthier and more active now. I would enjoy talking to other kids on the pump. My mom and some online friends made up a name for me on the pump. I am called a Diaper Pumper. When I get completely potty trained my mom will change it to Pull-up Pumper, cute? By the way, I have a tortoise name Samson and a cat named Precious and dog named Sophie.

With Love from California, Natalie Crombie, age 2

Natalie and her family receive e-mail at TheCrombieClan4[@]

Published March 25, 2000
Updated December 31, 2002

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