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Hi, my name is Bonnie. I am 14 years old (nearly 15) and I have had diabetes since I was 5 1/2 years old (April/May 2000). I didn't really know what was going on at the time. All I remember was that I was drinking like there was no tomorrow and as I come from a family that drinks quite a lot anyway, so no-one really thought much of it. I think the real turning point was when I fell asleep in school during one of my lessons. My mum got called and she took me home, thinking I was exhausted or something. It happened again the next day, but they couldn't wake me up long enough to ask if I was alright, so they called my mum again and she came and took me to the doctor's immediately for an emergency appointment.

All I remember from being in there was the doctor coming at me with this needle saying it would feel just like a bee sting. Now, I was 5, I didn't like bees! But eventually he got some blood out of me and said my mum would have to take me to the hospital immediately and make sure I don't fall asleep again. Unfortunately for her, I did fall asleep. I remember waking up once in the lift going up to the children's ward, but after that nothing. I think I slipped into a coma for a good few hours until they brought my blood sugar level down to a reasonable level. I had to stay in hospital for two weeks. I got chicken pox while I was in the hospital, and then they had to tell my family and me all about diabetes and what I had to do.

I have only recently been diagnosed with PNES (Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures), but lucky for me, my diabetes has been perfect since I got this! Now I just need to sort out these seizures before they let me get a pump!

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Published September 7, 2009


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