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Benjamin’s Diabetes Story

September 13, 2019

>>Benjamin: In 2007, we went for my yearly
physical, and what happened was he checked my blood sugar and it read 90. It was perfect,
completely perfect. And then on December 21st, 2007, I woke up that morning and my mouth
was so dry, my tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth, it was so dry from that night.
So I thought I had a virus. And I didn’t want to be sick for Christmas, so I told my
mom to take me to the doctor that day. So she took me to the doctor and I told the nurse
my problem. I said my mouth is completely dry, I don’t know what’s going on like
that. And the doctor overheard me in the background, and before I even got in the room he was there,
and he said, “Let’s start checking your blood sugar and we’ll go from there.”
So they checked my blood sugar and he comes back, and I didn’t expect the news, but
he said I had type one diabetes. Well, at times it’s hard, it’s really
hard you know. Some kids make fun, some kids don’t. Christmas time and Halloween with
all the candy and cookies and stuff like that, it’s hard sometimes. But I’ve had some
good things with diabetes. I mean I’ve met Kay Hagan which is the state senator. I’ve
gotten in the White House. I’ve seen inside the Capitol; I got a tour of the Capitol cause
of it. It has some sort of good things with it, but sometimes it’s pretty hard.
What I really got sort of made fun of was the shots. I had to take shots, you know,
before lunch and everything. I had to prick my finger and they seen the blood and they
just; I don’t know. You know, I’m perfectly normal as anybody else. That’s what I think
of it. I just ignored it. That’s the only thing you can do when people are making fun
of you, you know. I just ignored it and said this is my way of life and I’ve just got
to live with it. And my routine is; what I do every morning is I will get up, make sure
my sight and everything; make sure I’ve got insulin battery for the day in my pump
and everything. Okay. Then I’ll go downstairs, dad will have breakfast ready. This is like
a day at school. And then I’ll check my blood sugar, and I’ll put the blood sugar
in my pump. My pump does all the math and stuff, you know like tells me how much insulin
I need and I hit “deliver”. Then I eat breakfast and go to school. Well, at lunch
time, right before we go, I’ll check my blood sugar in class, and I’ve had the diabetes
people at the hospital, they’ve turned off all the beeping so when it reads it doesn’t
go: beep! beep! beep! You when people look, stare, things like that, like “what was
that noise and where’s it coming from?” and all that. That’s all been turned off
and everything, so I’ll check that then I’ll do that, put it in my pump, eat lunch
at school. At supper time, I’ll check my blood sugar, put it in my pump, and then I
check my sugar one more time before I go to bed. And if it’s up, I’ll give myself
a correction bolus. If it’s fine, I’ll just go on to bed, get up the next morning
and do it all over again. I’m able to play sports if I wanted to, I don’t. I’m able
to build things. I’m able to run, play. After you know what you’re doing, you know
how to count your carbs and everything, you just put it in your pump, you basically feel
fine; feel like a normal person

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