Hello! My name is Mickie. I have 3 wonderful children, Matt(16), Marissa(9) and Tanner(7).
On October 13, 2009, I took Marissa and Tanner to the docs for their yearly physical. They always do a urine screening. The nurse calmly asked me, " Does Marissa always dump sugar into her urine?" Being a CNA for almost 13 years, I almost fell off my chair. I said no, and by that time she was pricking her finger for a reading of 269. The doc checked her over then checked over Tanner. She then said she will be right back and she was going to call the pediatric endocrinologist to see what to do from there. Well from her appt, we went for lab work which she had a glucose reading of 209. We seen the endocrinologist that very evening. Then it was an appt with diabetes self management. At that point, they put her on 1 unit of Lantus at bedtime. They said we caught it very early. He wanted to do labs the next day to confirm everything and to see if she had ciliac disease too. So she fasted all night, had her lab work done, then it was off then it was back to the diabetes self management class. Everyone was so nice and helpful.
That very next day of finding all of this out, Marissa decided it was up to her to do her shot herself. I was ready to do for her though. I was so very proud of her to take the initiative and go into this all head on. She pretty much does everything herself except when the rotation comes around to do her shot in the arms, then I will do those for her.
She has only cried over this once and that was the day they called and confirmed she was a type 1 diabetic but was thankful she was negative for ciliac disease.
She is so eager to do what she can and we have been looking into clinical trials. She says she will do what it takes to help another child. I am so very proud of my daughter. Yes, I wish every day that I could take it from her, but I am very happy that she has taken the responsibility at such a young age.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your families. We are also located in South Central PA,
Have a wonderful night.