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.