My name is Julian Lamb and I am 8 years old. Here are some of the things that bug me about having Diabetes. I hate it when I have the hiccups when I am trying to give myself a shot in the tummy. I sometimes miss and poke myself lots of times before I can get it in. I also don't like having high numbers. It feels like a T-Rex is inside of me and eating me up inside. Sometimes I get high numbers and we can't figure out how they got that way. But my parents say we can get it down again together.
These are some of the things that are O.K. about having it. It's O.K. having snacks at school. But the only thing I don't like is when kids boss me around about where to eat it. I like to tell people about it so they can learn more about it. My friend Kane wants to know about it so he can help me with it. And I think it's O.K. to be different. One day I told the kids in my class what it was like to have Diabetes. They asked me lots of questions like, "Can you catch it?" I told them not from me. "Do the shots hurt?" Not anymore unless the insulin is cold or if I've got bumps under my skin. "Can you die from it?" Not if I take shots and see what my blood sugar is.
I would like there to be a cure because sometimes it makes me so frustrated that I can't even do anything. It is also hard keeping track of everything. Having to do a lot of things before bed. And I would like to keep my meter with me even if there is a cure and insulin too if I need it because I'll check it once in awhile and I'll keep myself in shape.
My best friend's mom asked me, "What is the hardest part about Diabetes?" I said, "Just having it."
Julian and mom Charlene, taken when Charlene picked Julian up after his first Diabetes camp experience last August, 1998, at Gales Creek Camp, Forest Grove, Oregon.
Published April 3, 1999
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