Children’s Diabetes Story: Meet Heath, Age 5

Children’s Diabetes Story: Meet Heath, Age 5


It’s a hidden disease people just don’t see it. you see other kids with disabilities. You don’t see the diabetes. The first needle I had
to do in the hospital was horrific. I did it… …I then left the room
and cried. Because it’s not pleasant. The idea of, you know, deliberately hurting your child because you need
to keep them alive is a hard thing to process and it’s a hard thing
to comes to terms with. It is a life threatening disease you’re actually treating a child with basically something that can kill them. You get the dose too high, you
could actually kill your child. “What’s that number?”
“6.5” “6.5? Well done that’s
really good isn’t it!” “Do we get a high five for that?” “Yep. Two high fives.” All parents worry about their children but if they’ve got diabetes,
they’ve got something major
additional to worry about So they have to worry
about their future, as to whether they’re going to
get any complications they have to worry
about them every day about having
low blood glucose where they might fall unconscious
or have a seizure. “So you got 6 grams of carbs there
and we’ve got 11 grams there… …so do you want to
put 17 grams in the device?” We test him before he has dinner,
we test him again at 10 o’clock quite often I’m up at
1 o’clock testing him at times it’s another
4 o’clock test. My biggest fear basically is you
go to bed at night time thinking when I get up in the morning is he still going to be alive? It is something that just
plays on your mind. It really does.
Big fear. The idea losing a child
isn’t a pleasant one. No. Not at any time. Such is life. It’s hard. I hate it. I hate diabetes
so much. Sorry. Research is the only way we can
solve the diabetes problem. Our ultimate goal is to make
the lives of children with diabetes the same as the lives
of children without diabetes. Having a cure would give him back
the things that a normal kid can do. We deal with what we deal
with now, but I’d love him to have the chance
at a normal childhood. Just to be a kid.

4 thoughts on “Children’s Diabetes Story: Meet Heath, Age 5

  1. Kids with diabetes can still do the same things a kid without diabetes can do! They just have to take an extra step first which includes checking the blood sugar and taking insulin.

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