Back to Kids' Voices Michelle Renee Martinez

Hello my name is Michelle Renee Martinez, I am a bright and energetic six year old girl. My family and I just moved to San Diego, California from Sasebo, Japan. My Daddy is in the US Navy.

Last year when we were on vacation in Washington D.C and visiting family in Texas, I wasn't feeling well. My parents took me to the Doctor and he told us that I had ketones in my pee. We didn't know what any of that meant but they told us it was serious enough for me to be admitted to the children's hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Everything happened very fast and the friendly staff at the hospitals started to show us how to give me my injections of insulin. I wasn't too crazy about the idea but Nurse Phyllis (my new best friend) assured my family and I that everything would be all right. That day was April 10th, 2001.

We went back home to Sasebo Japan, where my daddy was stationed. We stayed there for a short while, when I had to return to the states due to my diabetes. We moved back to Corpus Christi, Texas so that my mommy would be with the great staff of Driscoll Children's Hospital and so that mommy would have the support of our families. My daddy had to stay in Japan without us. While in Corpus Christi, my mommy started to go to support groups and learned about pumping and she asked Nurse Phyllis about it and they strongly recommended it for us to try.

Well, here I am six months later with my new Animas Pump and loving the idea of pumping. It has made me so much more independent and I love the cool colors it comes with. My Mommy and I make different styles of pouches for my pump and is it so much fun. I got to go to summer camp this summer and it was great. I got to meet so many other kids with diabetes, and I look forward to going next year and seeing my friends. I'd like to hear from anyone who lives in the area. My email is gmartinez1[@]




Published November 10, 2002

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