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Hi everyone. My name is Abrahim. I'm 4 years old and live in Arkansas.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one year ago, just a week before Christmas. My mother had noticed that I was always thirsty and went to the bathroom a lot. My daddy noticed that my skin was very dry and that when I ate, my mouth didn't salivate and I had to take a long time to chew my food. My dad told my mom that I should see a doctor about it. Since they were not familiar with diabetes, they didn't recognize the symptoms.

My dad had to go out of town to work and when he left, he noticed how I was just laying around and without energy. He knew then that I was sick and had something wrong with me. He told my mom to get me to a doctor. My doctor said that I could have gone into a coma, because my blood sugar was so high and my ketones was also very high. I was sent to the Children's Hospital in Little Rock and they treated me very nice. I had so much fun, I didn't want to leave. I never cried from any of the finger pricks or the shots. I never cried when they put IV's in my arms either.

I'm beginning to be able to tell my parents when I have low sugar or high sugar. I've had a trial pump for a few days to see if I could deal with it and am now waiting for the real one. I take Lantus in the mornings and Novolog after meals.

I have an older brother, Adam, and he is 13 years old. Sometimes he tests me and gives me shots too. My entire family has learned a lot about diabetes. We are hopeful that there will be a cure for diabetes someday. I was the first one in my family to have a flu shot. Now, everyone, except my mom, has had a flu shot this year. My big brother hates shots more than me.

My mom and dad receive email at doctormud AT

Published January 25, 2007


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