Hi, My name is Helena. I am 7 years old. I was diagnosed on January 28, 2002. My mom figured out something weird was happening because I drank lots of water and I went to the bathroom every five minutes. One time, when I came out of the bath, my mom said I was skinny. She weighed me and I had lost five pounds. I ate a real lot all of the time, and felt funny.
My mom took me to the doctor. The doctor took a urine test. When he came back he said, "Good news, this is great! Everything looks good." Then, a couple of hours after we came home, he called and said to come to the emergency room right away.
At the emergency room, they called me and did a finger prick on me. Then they put me in this bed that had wheels on the bottom, and brought me to the hall. They took some blood out of me. After a while they came back and another woman gave me an I.V. She put me into a room with curtains, I think behind the curtains were other patients. I kept on asking my mom, "When is it time to eat?" every five minutes. Finally, they took me to an elevator and took me to a new room. This would be my room for a couple of days.
When I first was diagnosed, I was very scared, and didn't know what was going to happen. The next day, they were trying to give me a shot in the stomach. I started crying. But the nurse did it so fast that I could hardly even feel it.
When they took me out of the hospital, I felt so great. I am doing my own blood tests. Pretty soon, I will do my own shots. I am getting more used to it, every single day.
I would love to get email. My address is
zvalmart [@] worldnet.att.net.
Helena collecting coral at her grandparent's in March 2002
Published March 31, 2002
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