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Brittany is a happy go lucky toddler who also has diabetes. She will be two years old this coming February and was diagnosed when she was fifteen months old. I will never forget the events leading up to that day!

It wasn't even me who noticed the symptom that lead us to the emergency room, it was a six year old neighbor that said "Why is she breathing so hard." The next day she was still breathing heavy but she was also very lethargic. That is when we went to the ER. The first thing the doctor looked for was something blocking her windpipe. So they took an X-ray of her chest and found nothing. The nurses were buzzing around us as they tried to put an IV in my baby's arm. Brittany was exhausted and they still didn't know what was wrong. Finally one nurse did a finger stick and her Blood Glucose was 500 hundred and that was it, she had diabetes.

She was rushed to Children's Hospital, where we spent the next week.

If only I had known the signs! It ends up that Brittany showed many signs way before that day. She was drinking so much water and would fill her diaper so it would leak every night. She even had a yeast infection that was impossible to get rid of.

Someday when Brittany is older I think she will probably ask what is wrong with you? Why don't you get shots and finger sticks? This is the only way she will remember and that is a good thing for her.

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