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Rashid - The First Pumper in Bahrain

Hi! My name is Rashid. I live In Bahrain, a small island in the Arabian Gulf next to the eastern cost of Saudi Arabia. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on April 2000 at the age of four. I fell sick a week before that day, and suddenly my mom and dad noticed that I was always thirsty, and couldn't stop going to the bathroom. My father got suspicious, took me to the doctor and requested him to test my blood sugar. To the doctor's surprise, my blood sugar was almost 500 and I had ketones.

The doctor sent me directly to the hospital, where I stayed there with dad for four days. They kept giving me shots, taking blood, and teaching my parents how to do that. All my family members and friends visited me everyday in the hospital and gave me lots of gifts and toys. When I went back home, mom had to give me two shots a day, but within a year that got increased to three shots, and sometimes four. Later I shifted to a needle-less jet injector which I used for almost two years. I never liked both, and felt bad all the time.

Recently Joslin Diabetes Center opened a big center in Bahrain, and my parents took me there to get me an insulin pump. Everyone there was very nice, especially Hanan, my Diabetes Educator, who showed my parents how to install and use the pump, and kept calling them all the time asking how I was doing. After we all had several educational and training sessions, Hanan helped my parents install it on me for the first time. Straightaway I liked the pump so much, especially when I knew that I was the first in Bahrain to use it.

I have been now on the pump for almost three month. I love it so much! It makes me feel a lot better. I had always hated getting shots, or being forced to eat when I don't want to. With my pump, life is so different. There are times when I am playing with my friends that I just skip a meal, I can sleep in on the weekends, and I don't have to stop what I am doing to have a snack or a meal. I only have to change where my pump is attached every three days, so I get a lot fewer shots. I check my blood more often, but I don't think blood checks are a big deal.

I have two brothers (one older and one younger) and an older sister. I mostly enjoy reading and swimming, but also play soccer and basketball.

Rashid AlHadi

Rashid and his family receive email at
yousif.alhadi AT

Published February 11, 2005

Rashid showing his new insulin pump

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