Hello, my name is Chazz and I am 2 years old. I have a big sister who is 12 years old. I was diagnosed with diabetes on February 29, 2012, and that day changed my life and my family’s life. My mother had just dropped me off in Texas with my grandmother when I became very ill. I was not my normal self that night. I had an acetone smell on my breath, and I was vomiting a lot, which was something that I did since I was born. My eyes was just barely open and I was just laying around, which is so not me. I was taken to the hospital and when the doctor saw me she knew that there was something seriously wrong with me, but she didn’t know exactly what it was. She did a finger stick and it read 400, then there was another stick and it read “HI.” Then she had to do blood work in order to find out what my sugar really was and it was 1400. She and the emergency room staff panicked, and all my mom was was thinking was, “Lord please don’t let my baby go into a coma.” Neither the doctor at this ER nor the other ER doctor in the area were prepared for me, so I was life flighted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX and I spent a week there under great care. Because I am so small the doctor who transported me to the hospital decided to sedate me so she would be able to do her miracle work on me. I was hooked up to all kinds of tubes and when I woke up I was so scared that I started pulling on the tubes. The nurse there even had to put me in a crib that looked like a cage because I would try to get out!
From Chazz’s Mom
Living with diabetes have been a challenge for my me and my family. I have had to relocate from Louisiana to Texas, so that I could be close to my mom. In Louisiana I was working as a store manager and I am a pharmacy technician, I have had to completely change my life for my son, which involved leaving my job and putting my career on hold. We are in a area that will not help because of my son’s age. I stay at home with him because there are no daycare facilities around that will accept him because they are scared of giving him shots and they don’t think they will be able to watch him along with other kids. We drive two hours to see an endo doctor and almost 20 minutes for a primary care physician. Chazz has not even had diabetes for a year yet and this have been one hard year. With all the highs and lows, sugar drops in the middle of the night, yet through it all Chazz still maintains. He gets very cranky when his sugar is high or low. My biggest challenge with his diabetes is at first he was only able to eat a certain amount of food for his insulin and he wants to eat more. I am still learning a lot about diabetes and I try my best to not let it get me down. Chazz can’t tell me when his sugar is low or high so that makes it hard also.
I would love to her from other parents or kids with a similar story as mine. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.