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Hi, my name is Sara, and this is my Diabetes Story. Enjoy! :)

The Symptoms

My diabetes started around when when moved to South Florida and went to Disney Quest with my aunt and cousins in summer 2006. I was always using the bathroom and drinking near two gallons a day.

My family moved back to North Florida a month after school had started because of family issues. We moved into a lake house in the country near Gainesville, FL.

I was still drinking and using the bathroom a lot. And to make things worse, I couldn't eat because nothing taste right. My mom even tried getting me special fruits, drinks, and snacks (Which I later discovered just made things worse.). My mom was frustrated and didn't know exactly what was wrong (Though later, after I got the diabetes, she said that she kinda thought it was diabetes. My mom who does Medical Transcription and at home, and sometimes comes across kids with diabetes.), so she took me to the local hospital (An hour away.)

In The Hospital

We left so quickly, that I was actually wearing pajamas in the hospital! We went to Shands in Gainesville (an hour drive) and had to wait in the waiting room for around three hours. Finally, they took me into a small white room where they checked things like blood pressure and eyesight. My mom told them about my symptoms and suggested that they checked me for diabetes. They took my blood sugar and finally came back with results about thirty minutes later. During that time, I had been drinking around 5 or 6 cups of Gatorade which is SUPER bad! It turned out that I had diabetes. I had know clue what that meant, so you could guess I was freaked out when they said things like that my blood sugar was 628 and I had 13 ketones. They put two I.V.s in both of my arms, which didn't hurt at all, and were really impressed when I didn't even flinch like some do, and was put into a hospital bed and wheeled upstairs. The two I.V.s, I later found out were for checking my blood sugar and taking insulin.

I stayed in the hospital over the weekend (I went on a late Friday night). It was pretty boring because all I did was watch television and eat in bed, though sometimes, I would go to the play room and hang out with other kids there and mostly color in coloring books. Finally, on Monday morning, I met my Diabetes Educator (Janet Silverstein) and my Educator's Nurse (Shannon Lyles). They taught me everything I know and started my on NPH and NovoLog. I left that morning, feeling responsible.

Where I Am Now

I was on the NovoLog Pen & Lantus, but I later switched to Humalog because I was having an allergic reaction to NovoLog. Then, last summer. I got my insulin pump which I use today (with Humalog insulin). I have a pink Animas 2020.

I go to diabetes camp every summer (about a week before school starts back up). It is so much fun and I get to see Janet and Shannon (Diabetes Educator and Educator's Nurse) there. I tried going to the camp in Tallahassee, FL, but it was too much for our old car that broke down on the way to pick me up. :(

I always make new friends every year and love to have pen pals. If you would like to email me, my email is . Look forward to hearing from you.

P.S. If you have any questions or need advice about your diabetes, you can ALWAYS email me. I check my email almost everyday. I also go on (semarsh826) and the chat room (Sara M., Teen & Kid Chat Room). Email me if you wanna meet up in a Chat Room. :)


Published September 23, 2009


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