I've written a good number of blog posts, and I think it's time for you to hear directly from Kaitlyn herself. Life is refreshing from a little 5-year-old girl's perspective. Enjoy!
What is type 1 diabetes?
It's when I get tested and I get shots and sometimes when I'm too high, then I get a little bit more shots. And I have a pump. It gives me insulin.
How did you get diabetes?
I don't know. One day my body just said "Uh-oh. I'm not making any insulin."
How do you feel when you have high blood sugar?
I feel thirsty or hungry. Sometimes I feel a little tired.
How do you feel when you have low blood sugar?
Sometimes my legs are tired and sometimes my tummy hurts a little. Sometimes tears just come without me even trying. I'm a little thirsty and very hungry.
What's the best thing about having diabetes?
I get to have candy and juice when I'm low. When I'm high, I get to do special projects like Sticky Mosaics®. When I get a little bit bigger, then I get to go to diabetes camp. I like to go to the diabetes hospital and go to eat lunch after.
Is it fun having friends that have diabetes?
Yeah, just like me. There's James and Kennedy and Elise.
What's the worst thing about having diabetes?
Sometimes I need to get shots and sometimes I need to get new [insulin pump infusion] sites. Sometimes I'm a little nervous about having shots. And it's hard sometimes when I have to wait to eat what I want. Sugar makes me go higher.
What do you say to the other kids at school when they ask you about being tested?
I get tested because I have diabetes. It doesn't hurt very much. I'm very brave when I do sites and shots.
Do you ever feel embarrassed about having diabetes?
Yeah. A little.
What would you do if Mommy or Daddy had diabetes?
I would share my testing kit with you!
Well, there you have it. My little girl is one of my greatest teachers. We can all learn from our children about how to deal with life's challenges. Her child-like approach is full of honesty and sweetness, and it gives me perspective!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.
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