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HI Everyone! My name is Jacob, most people call me "Jakey!" I am 2 1/2 years old. I was just diagnosed the week before Christmas 2005 with Type 1 Diabetes. I had been sick for a couple weeks, no energy, drinking and peeing a lot. Then when I started to puke too, my Mommy and Daddy took me to the Emergency Room. They had even taken me to the doctor's a couple days before that but the doctor just put me on an antibiotic and sent me home. We stayed at the hospital for 5 days while we all learned about my new disease and I got to feeling better.

The whole thing was very scary and painful at first, but I don't mind the finger pokes so much any more, we call them "test." I like to pick which finger to test, I even pretend to help Mommy read the meter. But I still do not like the insulin shots, we call "treatment." My cousin Sammy has Asthma treatments so Daddy thought it would be nice to call my shots treatment so we both had something in common! The shots scare me and hurt a little too, I would rather have another test, but they are fast and then I am off to play some more.

Right now I am going into the honeymoon phase so my levels are always too low, already got the flu right after Christmas and was back in the ER for the day till they got me to stop puking. I am tired of getting woke up at 2 am for a test or to get a treatment or to have some juice. Who wants juice at 2 in the morning? Not me, so sometimes they squirt honey or frosting in my mouth -- not good at 2am either.

My Mommy and Daddy are divorced so all my care takers, which are my parents, grandparents and Kelly all came to the hospital for training. They all even gave themselves a shot in their own tummy. I thought that was so funny! During the work week hours I get to stay at my Grandma Sue's and Grandpa Jim's and sometimes with my Papa and Nini, everyone has to work together to make sure I stay feeling good. All I know is I just want to play as much as possible and sometimes I feel too tired and then I get more juice or candy! But I hear that won't always be the case.

Mommy and Daddy seem stressed and worried at times but they hide it well, as long as no one is messing up my play time I don't see what the big deal is!

Jacob and his family receive email at Jill.Erickson AT

Published January 5, 2006


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