Hi my name is Ricky and I am 6 years old. My mom and I are doing this page to let others know that it is ok to be diffrent. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes April 8, 1998. I would like for you to take a few minutes of your time to read about me (and so many other kids in the world who have juvenile diabetes).
My day begins at 7:00 every morning, no sleeping in for me or mom. The first thing I do is prick my finger and do a blood sugar test with a meter to check and see if the limits are what my doctor set for me. I have breakfast by 8:00 after 2 shots, then a snack at 10:00, then lunch by 12:00 after another finger stick, then a snack by 3:00, then dinner by 6:00 after another finger stick and another shot, then another shot and snack at 8:00 and yet another shot as well then bed by 9. At midnight to make sure I am not to low during the night, mom does another finger stick while I am asleep if my numbers weren't right when I went to bed.
I have to eat at specific times because the insulin is timed to "peak" at certain times of the day. My fingers do get sore because I have to get it stuck at least 6 times a day and that is on a good day. I get shots in my arms, belly, legs and bottom. Since diagnosed I have had to have at least 3,344 sharp objects entered into me whether it be injections or finger sticks and that isn't counting extras--that is just 4 shots and 4 finger sticks a day. As you can see that even though I do have a daily routine, insulin is not a cure but it is to help keep me alive so that I may be like other "healthy" kids my age.
If I do run and play harder than usual I risk having low blood sugar. This can cause a possibility of convulsions which is life threatning and harmful to my brain development. I can also get sick from high blood sugar and that can cause possibilities of a diabetic coma. Which I have already experienced both of these already. When I catch a cold, illness or even sumac or poision ivy we must be even more careful so I don't end up in the hospital. For even these can be dangerous. As I grow up with this disease I face the possibility of blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage or amputation of my arms or legs. These are just to name a few complications that may occur.
It is really tough for my family and those that I know for they all need to know what to do if I go into shock or get sick. Those with this disease will contunue to live with a daily routine like this unless researchers can find a cure. There have been some breakthroughs but nothing can help me right now. They feel they are on their way to discovering a cure, but it does take money.
We are asking that all that see this page help us to bring to the attention of the State and House of Represenatives that monies are needed for reasearch and help for our kids. Lets get real -- this is not just going away. There are more and more children with this every day.
Please visit my family webpage at http://www.angelfire.com/ok/rickysrobots/.
Ricky and his parents receive e-mail at [email protected]
Published August 15, 1999
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