Hi, my name is Landry Clark. When I was 5 years old I started drinking a lot of water and going to the bathroom all the time. My mommy and daddy decided to take me to the doctor. The doctor did a couple of tests and all of a sudden said I needed to go to the hospital. I was taken to the hospital where they pricked my finger a lot and gave me lots of shots and a little needle in my arm. I was a little scared at first but my mommy and daddy stayed with me the whole time. They said I had I had Type 1 Diabetes. I didn't understand and I got really upset but the nurses were nice and helped me for the rest of the week I was there.
Now I am 8 years old! Sometimes I get a little grumpy when my sugar is high so I have to get a shot of insulin. Other times my sugar is low and I have to eat a little bit of food even if I’m not hungry or I will get sick. In my school I am the only one with diabetes. The nurse helps me and gives me my shots. Every now and then I get a little headache so I ask my teacher if I can go see the nurse. If my sugar is low she will give me a little snack and then she makes me test my sugar again. If my sugar is okay I can go back to class, but sometimes I miss class because of my sugar. I can't be around anyone who is sick or someone who might be sick because if I get sick I will end up in the hospital. When there are special occasion parties at school, like Halloween, there will be lots of candy and sweets. I am not allowed to have as much.. It doesn’t seem fair. There are lots of things I can still do though like play volleyball, baseball, and soccer. I also like to swim and ride my bike. I just have to be careful and check my sugar when I don’t feel good.
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