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Hi. My name is Jackson. I am 6 years old. On March 25, 2004, my mom picked me up early from school and we went to see the doctor. She was concerned because I had started wetting the bed. I was also drinking and eating a lot, but seemed to be losing weight and was pale. My legs hurt a lot, too. Dr. B. came in and mom told him my symptoms. We did a urine test. Then, he sent us on over to the hospital to get a blood test done. Mom called dad on the way over to the hospital and he met us there. When the lab technician drew my blood, it felt kind of like a wasp sting. After we got the results, we went back over to Dr. B.'s. He looked at them and shot his head; he was sad. He said, "I was afraid of this." He said my blood sugar was 549, with ketones, and we needed to go to the Children's Hospital. So, we went and got my brother Montana from school, went home and got clothes together. Mom was upset and crying and I didn't understand why. I told her, "Mom, I am not sick. I don't have a fever!" But, she tried to explain to me that something in me called a pancreas was not working like it was supposed to and I needed to be in the hospital to keep from getting really sick.

When we got to the hospital, I had to get an I.V. in each hand and they drew more blood. They were really nice and easy though. We learned lots about diabetes, what type 1 is and how to take care of me. My mom, dad, brother, nana and papa watched videos about diabetes and what to do for me. I have to check my sugar about 6-8 times a day or more, if I feel shaky. I take three shots every day. My teachers, nurse Mrs. Suarrom. And secretary Mrs. Raylyn are all great and help take good care of me while I am at school. That helps my mom feel better and she is just a couple of clocks away and can run down, if I need her.

March 25, 2004 will be a day my family and I will always remember. It changed our lives and has made us all closer. I am glad mom knew something was wrong and we got it taken care of fast. Thanks to everyone for praying for my family and me. We are continuing to learn about diabetes.

My e-mail address is skippy AT if you would like to write to me.


Published October 27, 2004

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