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Hello. I'm Elena. I'm almost 5 years old and have had diabetes since August 2002. I love gymnastics and swimming, and am in preschool this year. I have occasional lows at preschool, but the teachers are handling it well. I'm a happy well adjusted kid that doesn't mind finger pokes. I don't like my shots, but don't fight them at all. I'm currently taking 4 shots a day, Lantus in the am and Humalog at meals. It's working really well! Mom says the Lantus has really helped decrease the number of highs and lows, especially the nighttime lows.

It all started when mom noticed I was drinking lots of water, and going to the bathroom about every 20 minutes! Mom called the doctor, who gave me an appointment in 4 days. That day the doctor said, “she doesn't have diabetes, diabetic kids are sick.” Mom said she sure hoped not, but wasn't leaving without a blood glucose test. It was 738! We were in ICU that night. I was in the hospital 3 days. I actually enjoyed it (after leaving ICU) because of the fun playrooms. I have since asked to go back and visit several times (although mom hasn't taken me.) After about 2 weeks the honeymoon started, and I only had 2 shots a day for almost a year. The honeymoon ended this summer (almost a year later.) Things are going pretty well now, although always up and down.

Sometimes I get sad about diabetes, but mom and dad give me hugs and tell me they would be sad too, and are sad for me, but the doctors are working on a cure every day. We also talk about all the things I can do, that kids with other diseases can't. My almost 3 year old sister is very supportive, getting her finger poked occasionally too. My baby sister just tries to eat the meter! I want to tell other kids it's ok to be sad sometimes. Other people are sad about things in their lives too. But, most of the time I'm happy and don't let it stand in my way.

I would love to meet other kids my age that have diabetes! If anyone lives in or close to Wisconsin, we'd especially love that. Thanks!

March 2004 Update

We wanted to let everyone know that Elena has started using Minimed's Paradigm Pump and loves it! We started the pump in January, mostly to increase convenience and do away with the shots. Elena was very motivated to do this, and kept asking us when! The first month was a challenge, getting used to it, but it was absolutely the best thing we have done. She loves not having shots anymore, and doesn’t mind the site changes at all! She really enjoys the freedom to eat what and when she wants, and to get the same snack as the other kids at preschool! Her teachers are wonderful. They learned how to give boluses, and do at snack time every day. Anyone with questions or thinking about starting the pump, we’d love to chat. It has been a wonderful experience for us! I can't wait to see what our first HbA1c is! We'll find out in May.

Elena and her family receive e-mail at tigernhobbes[@]


Published October 8, 2003
Updated March 23, 2004

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