T1 Teens

Aaron, 7 / Vancouver / Diagnosed 2005

Hi. My name is Aaron. I am seven so my mom is writing this for me but I get to say what I want to. I am in grade 2 and I live in Canada. It’s actually not very cold here though because we live in Vancouver. It only really rains and there’s not much snow. That’s too bad because I love snow.

I was just diagnosed with diabetes on January 4, 2005. What a bad way to start the new year. Well on New Year’s Eve it was the first time I was allowed to stay up all the way to midnight, but I wasn’t very excited at all. I was so tired and I had a really bad tummy ache. We had just gotten back from the mountain silver and the whole time I was there I felt really awful and didn’t get to ski much at all. I was sad about that. I was still sick on the first and the second and my mommy and dad were getting really worried so my mommy took me to my doctor and he said I probably had the flu. My mom was still sure something was wrong. By the third I was throwing up everywhere and I was so tired I slept almost all day so my mommy and daddy took me to the hospital and they said they would have to do blood tests. I was so terrified of the shots. I was crying and screaming. Then the nurse told us to wait in the waiting room for a while. While we were waiting I fell asleep almost instantly when I sat down on the couch. When the doctors came to tell us the news that I had diabetes and that my sugar was 57.4 mmol/l (1,033 mg/dl). They tried to wake me up but I wouldn’t. I was in diabetic coma. My mommy was crying and couldn’t even watch and they put my limp body onto the hospital bed and started putting all the needles and IVs in me. Finally when I woke up all I remember was having the worst head ache ever but after a few days I started to feel much better. I had to stay in the hospital for two weeks though and it wasn’t the most fun time ever. I was convinced that once I got out of the hospital that I wouldn’t have to give shots any more so I was excited the day I got to go home.

When we got home and my mommy said it was time for a shot I didn’t believe her and I was really really angry with my mommy and daddy. Shots are a really big deal for me I can’t stand them, but I am getting better. I now understand they make me feel better and that I need them to stay alive. It really bothers me when people comment on my diabetes. But when I am at soccer and hockey I get to test in the middle of the games and get a juice box so I don’t go low. My friends think it is cool I get to take shots and test my blood sugar but if they had to do it everyday I think they wouldn’t think it was so cool. I really really hope they find a cure soon. I have my “insulin is not a cure” bracelet that sends money to them. One day I want to help other kids cope with there diabetes. I will work just like my doctor. His name is Dr. Dan and he is really nice and funny. This year I am going to go to camp for a week and all the kids in my cabin will have diabetes. Isn’t that cool? I have never met another kid with diabetes, but soon I will. Bye.

Parent’s view:
I think it was absolutely devastating when Aaron was diagnosed with diabetes. He is the first one in our family with diabetes and it came a shock to everyone. I knew nothing about diabetes before Aaron was diagnosed but now I know a lot more than other people. We are thinking of getting a insulin pump for Aaron because we have had some problems with the shots and we have had a few lows now. It is an amazing amount of work to take care of your child who has diabetes. You are constantly worrying about them but I try to leave him alone about it as much as possible because it is very difficult for him and I would like him to live like a normal kid. Like him, I am really hoping for a cure and like we said before our whole family and some friends are wearing the “insulin is not a cure” bracelets.

You can e-mail me and Aaron at weak_freak AT hotmail.com. Please put “diabetes” in the subject.

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