My name is Hannah, I am 12 and I have Type 1 Diabetes. This is my 5th year with Diabetes and my 5th year to walk in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Below is a snapshot of my day with Diabetes:
12am - Mom comes in to check my blood sugar by pricking my finger while I sleep. If my blood sugar is too low, I have to eat or drink fast acting sugar and she retests me every 10-15 minutes until it's high enough. If I am too high, she gives me insulin through my insulin pump and has to re-check me in 2 hours. If I'm okay, she comes back at 3am.
3am - Another finger prick while I sleep and repeating the above.
6:15am - Wake up for school with another blood sugar check and receive insulin for my breakfast. This is based upon how many carbohydrates I have for breakfast. This is the same with each meal.
12:30 pm - Check my blood sugar in the nurses office and receive insulin again based upon what mom made for lunch. (It's too hard to count everything in school lunch, so I always have to bring lunch from home).
3:45 pm - I feel low on the bus, so I check my blood sugar. I am 60 (under 70 is considered "low"), so I eat 4 glucose tablets that I keep with me at all times. I have to re-check in 10 minutes to make sure my blood sugar goes back up.
4:20 pm - Come in from the bus and test for my snack. Receive insulin for the carbs I eat for snack. I'm getting better at calculating it all myself.
6:30 pm - Time for Dinner! Yet another finger prick for my dinner test and insulin for my dinner carbs.
7:30 pm - It's time to change my insulin pump. I wear an Omnipod, which is a little pod-like insulin delivering device that I have to change every 3 days. The day it goes on it hurts since there is a needle inside that has to insert the cannula under my skin. I have to roatate sites from my stomach, back, legs and arms so I don't have scar tissue build up.
9:00 pm - Time for bedtime blood sugar check. I'm perfect, so no insulin or glucose needed. Yay!
10:15 pm - Time for mom to go to bed, so she'll test me one more time before my midnight test. This time, my blood sugar is 275, so I need insulin to make it go back down. So, mom will be back in 2 hours anyway.
This is a look into my day. I will be testing my blood sugar and receiving insulin for the rest of my life. This will not change until we find a cure. This is why we walk with Hannah's Hippies in the JDRF Walk.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
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