It was Monday morning and I had to go to school. I had to tell my grandmother I couldn't go because I felt awful. She came in the room and said, " It's almost time for the bus to get here." "Are you going to school?" I said, " I don't feel good." She said, " What's wrong?".
" I felt nauseated, weak and I had cotton mouth real bad," I said tiredly. .
"I"m going to get ready and I"ll take you to the clinic," she said hurriedly. I got up and used the bathroom and changed my clothes. She was ready by the time I got out of the restroom. We got in the car and went to the White Eagle clinic, which is about a mile from my grandmother's house. When we got to the clinic they saw me immediately. The nurse asked me what kind of symptoms I was having. I told her I was having increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, dry mouth, and weakness. The nurse checked my blood glucose and it was 400. She then told the doctor and they diagnosed me with type 1 juvenile diabetes. The doctor called the emergency room In Ponca and an ambulance came and picked me up. Then I arrived at the hospital. The doctor checked my sugar again and hooked me up to an I.V. I had to stay in the hospital for 5 days. On the first day of my stay a diabetes educator came and saw me. She told me diabetes management aims to keep blood sugar levels as close to the normal range (70-110 mg/dl before eating) as possible. The target range was based on several factors, including age. The target range is a goal, one that may not always be reached despite your best efforts. In children, good blood sugar control helps to promote normal growth, development, and well- being, and allows for optimal learning. Maintaining levels as close to target range as possible can also prevent or delay the long-term complications of diabetes. Diabetes control is a constant balancing act of insulin, food, and exercise but other factors such as stress, growth spurts, and illness also affect blood sugar levels.