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Adam was born with Down Syndrome and cataracts on both eyes. He had surgery on both eyes to remove the cataracts before he was two months old. He has to wear glasses until he quits growing, then can get a lens implant.

One day before his first birthday Adam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was in a coma. His blood sugar was 955 mg/dl. He had a rough time but the Lord was with him. He is now on Lantus in the PM, Humulin N in the AM and Humalog at meals based on his carbohydrate intake and blood sugar reading. Injections are given after meals, as it is impossible to know how much or if Adam will eat.

He is a very good eater, but a typical little boy. His favorite food is fast food fries. We would love to try the pump, but Adam is not very receptive to anything on his body. He doesn't even like them to use stethoscopes on him. Adam's numbers are like a roller coaster, but his HbA1c was 7.9 the last time, and his diabetes team were quite pleased.

Adam is a very happy child, he doesn't mind the finger sticks at all. He doesn't complain about shots in the arms but dislikes them other places. He is the bravest person I know.

Adam and his family can be reached via e-mail at ddycus[at]


Published May 15, 2003

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