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Hi. This is Kerstin. She is three years old. She was diagnosed on December 30, 2002. She had not been feeling well for a week or so, drinking constantly and wetting her bed through her diaper in an hour. She was very cranky and so pale. We decided to take her in and see if it was a virus or what, and they did the simple finger poke test and her sugar was 516. They sent us to a lab for more tests and to an endocrinologist. I was at work when my husband found out, so he met me there and we took her to the specialist. I was so scared. My mom had just found out she had type 2 diabetes a few months before that, but I had no idea about the difference between type 1 and 2.

Her doctors are so great, even her primary doctor. They made sure we fully understood what we were doing. Her first appointment at the specialist was 5 hours long! She did not have to spend any time in the hospital -- thank God! She got to come home right away, but I was so scared. She fought the shots for a month or so, but then she got used to them and now she knows she has to have them to live. We have such great family support. My parents and my husband's parents were so helpful. They have all learned how to give her her shots and what signs to watch for and how to check her sugars. I don't know what we would do without them. They are godsends!

Kerstin has to be checked at least four times a day. Her little fingers are so icky looking. They are covered in these little brown dots. She has shots twice a day right now, and we are seriously looking into getting the pump. We want her on it before she starts school. I am very afraid to send her to school, just because she is having hard times with her sugars. They are all over and the nurses and doctors don't even know what to make of it. I am hoping the pump will help.

Kerstin has a brother Daniel. He is in first grade and is six. He does not have diabetes, but for his wish for the New Year in 2004 he wished that Kerstin did not have diabetes anymore. He is so sweet and helps me check her and keep an eye on her. He knows what to look for and is so helpful. He is also good at knowing what times she eats and what she can have!

Kerstin loves to ride her bike and play outside. She is a girlie girl for sure! She loves to paint her toenails and fingernails. She also likes to sing and dance.

Kerstin and her parents receive email at lorelei508[@]


Published April 27, 2004

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