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Hi! My name is Bryce Rosenberg. I'm 20 months old and was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 9 months old. I love trucks and my dog Maggie.

Last year over Halloween weekend I started to feel very bad and was acting like I had the flu. Mommy and Daddy knew something wasn't right because I wasn't being my normal active and happy self. I could barely sit up and didn't respond to them when they called my name. Then, I began to sleep a lot and have very wet diapers.

After talking to a nurse several times Saturday night, Mommy and Daddy took me to the doctor on Sunday morning, and he thought I had a virus. He told Mommy and Daddy to bring me back Monday if I wasn't better. It was a very long night! I was breathing very hard while I slept, which scared Mommy. I vomitted several times and Mommy tried to get me to drink, but I just wasn't interested. We went back to the doctor on Monday and he sent us to the hospital for tests. Among the many tests, I had to have a spinal tap because the doctor wanted to rule out meningitis. When the doctors determined that I had diabetes, my blood sugar was 842.

We went by ambulance to the University of Maryland Medical Center PICU where I stayed for 24 hours so the doctors could slowly bring my blood sugar down into range. Mommy and Daddy learned a lot over the following few days and started checking me and giving me shots almost immediately. We had a wonderful team of doctors and educators that really helped us feel as comfortable as possible and were available to us after we went home.

On our way home from the hospital Mommy told Daddy she was more scared to bring me home this time than when they brought me home after I was born. She said that my life truly depends on them to be able to care for me. My new doctor in Virginia told us that my blood sugar levels look very good and told Mommy that she's complusive. Mommy just smiled!

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Published September 25, 1999

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