It was February 28, 2010, when I found out I had Diabetes. I remember exactly what happened, just like it was yesterday.
It was a few weeks earlier, when I was at school. I was not very energetic or active. I was slow and always tired. My principal was worried. I told him I just didn't feel like it.
Along with no energy, I was ALWAYS thirsty! I would drink a whole water bottle in about 5 minutes. Since I was always drinking, I was always having to go to the bathroom. Some days I would go more than 10 times a day, but I thought nothing of it.
I was also having major mood swings. I was being very sassy, mean and mouthy to my parents.
One day, I was delivering Girl Scout cookies to my family in Racine, WI. My mom and I had just stopped at O&H Bakery and I got a huge sugar cookie with lots of frosting. We went to my grandparents house and again I was feeling very slow, and very thirsty. One thing you should know is that my grandparents are both diabetic.
My grandma could tell I wasn't acting like myself, so she checked my blood sugar. That meant she would poke my finger and put a drop of my blood into a special machine. It kind of hurt.
My grandma said that my reading was not registering. That meant my blood sugar level was so high they didn't know what it was.
My grandpa and my mom thought that maybe my blood sugar was high because of the huge sugar cookie I had just eaten. So my mom had me go lay down and take a nap. After my nap, my grandma checked my blood sugar again, and it still was not registering. My grandparents told my mom that she should take me to the doctor.
My mom took me to Children's Hospital later on that night. The doctors had me get in a special hospital gown and gave me a room. They hooked me up to an I.V. and they took a blood sample. It kind of hurt, because they poked me with a needle in my vein. I stayed in my room for a while and watched t.v. My mom fed me ice chips and told me my face looked very pale.
The doctors came back later on and told my mom and I the results of the blood tests. I had diabetes.
My doctor explained what diabetes was. It meant that one of my organs, called the pancreas, wasn't working like it should anymore. The doctors told me I was lucky though, because other diabetics found out that they were diabetic after they had gotten really sick. Thanks to my grandparents, I didn't have to go through that.
The doctors explained to my parents that I would have to start monitoring all the carbohydrates I took in. Carboyhydrates are the amount of sugars in food that that you eat. Everything in my life was going to change and would be a lot more complicated.
Before we could leave, the doctors would have to give me two shots. My blood sugar level was over 500 and that was way too high! So one of the shots was to bring my blood sugar level back down with fast acting insulin called "Humalog" and the other shot was a slow acting insulin, called "Lantus" to help keep my blood sugar levels good during the night.
The doctor told me not to eat anything after midnight so they could see what my blood sugar was when I came back in the morning.
We left the hospital and we went home to try and sleep. My parents were very upset and worried but told me we would get through it.
In the morning, we went back to Children's Hospital and we learned about all the changes we would have to make in our daily lives. I have to now check my blood sugar several times a day and I have to try and watch my sugar intake. The first year of having diabetes was a little hard to get used to but it got a little easier as we learned more about diabetes and how to manage my diabetes. I meet with my doctors every few months and they give me a check up to keep me healthy. My parents help me and my family and friends and teachers and principal all help to keep me healthy. No one treats me any differently than before I had diabetes. In fact, many people are very interested in what I have to do and like to watch me check my blood sugar or give myself my shots. Sometimes they ask me questions. I don't mind.
My family and friends and I have also participated in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes each year since I was diagnosed. I hope some day they will find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Diabetes makes my life a little more complicated, but not impossible to live with.
There are a lot of people who have it worse than me.
Thank you for reading my story and please consider making a donation to "TEAM KELSEY" for the JDRF Walk on September 14, 2013. Go to www.jdrf.org, TEAM KELSEY in WI and click on my name or my team to make a donation. No amount is too small. Thank you for your support!
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