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My name is Isabella, everbody calls me "Bella". I was diagnosed in May 2000. My brother was only 3 weeks old and I wasn't acting like myself. My mom thought I was having trouble adapting to a new baby in the house. I started vomiting and sleeping all day and my mom told the doctor. The doctor took a urine test right away and I went to the hospital that day. My sugars were in the 900s. After hours of poking and prodding by the doctors, I finally fell asleep. The nurse tried to wake me up but I was so tired I didn't move. A few minutes later, five doctors frantically ran in and woke me up. They were afraid I slipped into a coma. My mom and dad were really scared and realized how serious this was.

Four days later, we went home. It took some time to adjust to this new life. My mom had a hard time at first dealing with a new baby and my new lifestyle. Everything is easier now. I still don't like my shots, but I don't mind the finger pokes. My mom and dad have their routine down pretty well.

My numbers still do funny things but we just take it one day at a time. I just had my first visit to the emergency room since we've been home. It turned out to be a viral thing, but I had large ketones, fever, and vomitting. I don't think my parents slept very much that week.

We just did our first JDF "Walk to Cure." It was encouraging to see so many people working for the same cause. We would like to hear from anyone who can relate to the midnight blood sugar checks, worrying about the "lows" and "highs", dealing with stressful "sick days", getting through parties and holidays, trusting babysitters, and praying and hoping for a cure.

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Published October 26, 2000

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