People, lights, talking, noise’s surrounding me it all seemed as like if it was just a dream. In and out of conciseness an unaware of all that was going on around me, I was so scared and felt as if I was dying. Sunday, May 4, 2003 was the day that changed my life forever and was one of the scariest moments of my life, too. I wondered how this could happen to me I was just a normal teenager living a normal life. The family picnic, awaiting the news in the ER, and finally
getting out to make it on my own was a bit of a blur for me. It was a bright, warm sunny day on May 3,2003 so my family had decided to have a picnic in our front yard with hotdogs, hamburgers, and many other items. So then that night I was not feeling so good, so I went to bed thinking maybe I had just ate too much. Then the next day my cousin came over to hang out but I still was not feeling so well. All I wanted to do was sleep. An about an hour later I went and told my mom I was not feeling so good and she had said my lips were turning blue that she was taking me to the hospital. So my mom, and my cousin came to the hospital with me and all I could think of is what is wrong with me. As we arrived to the hospital the waiting room was full of people awaiting to be seen. We had waited at least an hour to be seen but it seemed as if it was forever. They then called my name and took me back to a little room where they checked my blood pressure, weighed me, and gave me a room. After we got to the room they then ran an IV, asked us a few questions, and then ran some tests to see what was wrong with me then afterwards I fell asleep. A little while later they came back with my test results pulled my mom aside in the hallway and told her because they thought maybe she would wanna tell me. Afterwards my mom came back in the room with the doctor and they told me I was a diabetic my sugar was 1,338, but everything was gonna be alright and they were giving me medication. Although with my blood sugar that high they did not expect me to make it through the night I was going in and out of a comma. So then my mom called my dad who was in Georgia for a business trip but as soon as he got the news he flew back on the first flight home. After I spent the next two days in the ICU I was then was given my own room upstairs in the children’s area. I had no idea what a diabetic was so they assigned me a group of doctors to help me learn what diabetes was and how I had to take care of it. They gave me a banana and a syringe with a bottle of saline and told me I could not leave till I learned how to give myself shots. They even made my parents do it just in cause if something would happen to me where I could not do it for myself. I know my parents were nervous having to give their own daughter shots but I know one day that they will save my life Then after we all did they released me the next day to now take on this big responsibility myself as a young adult. After being out on my own with the responsibility of taking care of my own health I have done an ok job so far and that is why I am going into the medical assisting field to help other people. I know how hard it was for me having to grow up and in school being a diabetic having to eat certain foods. There are many things to diabetes such as having to count carbohydrates, checking your blood sugar, and taking shots many times a day. Many people think oh that is not so bad well try doing it yourself before you judge us because you never know how it is till you are one. Having ups and downs with my blood sugars and trying to be a normal teenager is hard for a kid growing up just wanting to be normal.