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Hello. My name is Carolynn. I was three years old when I diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on July 11, 2003. Now, I'm four and my brother and I have a lot of things in common, but the one of the biggest is, we both have type 1 diabetes.

Before my mommy took me to the doctor, she kept noticing that I was drinking a lot, I mean a lot of water, every time she would pick me up from daycare. One night, she checked my blood sugar with my brother's meter and it read HI. She then checked my ketones. She was concerned, then the next night, same thing. She checked my sugars again and it read HI on the meter with large ketones. The next morning my mommy made a call to the doctor suspecting diabetes, since I was showing the signs of it and my brother having it too didn't help. We went to the doctor and he confirmed that I did in fact have diabetes. My blood sugar was 596. I had large ketones and was very dehydrated. My doctor said I had to go into the hospital so the ambulance came, picked us up and we got to ride in the back all the way to Children's Hospital.

Since my mommy knew all about shots and checking blood sugars, we didn't have to stay in the hospital as long as my brother did when he was diagnosed. He had to stay in there for three days; I just had to stay in there one night. I have to have my blood sugar checked four to six times a day and three shots a day, just like my brother. The shots aren't bad, mommy makes it fun so it doesn't hurt to bad and with the "rocket", and it doesn't hurt at all.

I love being able to go through this with someone that knows what is going on. With my brother around, we help out each other a lot! Daniel is starting to teach me how to check my own blood sugar. He is such a wonderful brother! Of course my mommy is always there to help us when we need it! Going from being able to eat anything I wanted and when I wanted to being on a schedule is hard to get used to, but we all work together and it is getting easier.

Carolynn, Daniel and our mom Larissa
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Published February 14, 2005

Daniel and Carolynn

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