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Caden and his older brother Warren Hello, my name is Caden. I am 30 months old. I have been having problems with my sugar for about one year now. My sugar would go as high as 496 and regulate after several hours. At times my blood sugar will go to 26 and I'd become totally lethargic. No one could figure out the strange blood glucose readings. My symptoms appear as if I were taking insulin shots. I have never been on any insulin so far.

My blood sugar stabilizes too often to be started on insulin shots. Recently I did get to a pediatric endocrinologist and he diagnosed me with the development of type 1 diabetes. I am in what they call the honeymoon period. No one can guarantee how long it will last. My Mommy and Daddy stay totally confused. They never know when I am high or low. I have all the symptoms of a diabetic. I constantly drink and pee pee and crave sweets. The doctors are totally baffled at the highs and lows. All we can do is sit and wait, which is very stressful on my Mommy and Daddy.

I am a little too young to yet understand why my finger is being poked. The doctors say that ketoacidosis can occur very quickly. Therefore staying on top of the situation is the best thing to do. I consider my situation very unique. If anyone else has experience such a diagnosis I would love for you to share your story with my family. We feel so isolated in our situation.

The doctors say the honeymoon period can last for weeks to months to occasionally years. All I can do is depend on my family to stay on top of the latest information and continue to be as observant as they are.

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Published January 28, 2001

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