My second day in April

This day is one I will never forget as it changed me life drastically.  It was a scary change and put a lot of pressure on me as a 6th grade student.  I had not been feeling right.  I was waking up during the night to go to the bathroom and I was so thirsty.  My thirst could not be quenched.

A Sunday in April after church my family and I went out to eat, this was our tradition.  We were living in Michigan at the time.  I do not remember the restaurant we were at, but I do remember drinking my whole soft drink before the meal even came.  Thankfully, my mom took notice of this and I went into my pediatrician on April 10, 1985.

I remember this appointment all so vividly.  I knew  I was really sick and I thought I might be dying which was very scary for someone as young as me.  I was sitting on the patient bed with my legs dangling off the side.  My doctor came in not long after asking me some questions and having a test done.  She told me that I had diabetes and that I needed to go home and get my things as I needed to go to the hospital.  I asked if I needed surgery and she said I did not.  I still wish surgery was possible to cure T1 diabetes.

I was hospitalized at William Beaumont Hospital.  This is the same hospital where Lee Iacocca’s first wife Mary received treatment for her complications from T1 diabetes.  After 5 days I was sent home with the knowledge of how to check my blood glucose number, give my self a shot, and my Pink Panther diabetes book written by Dr. Chase.

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