This past week, my littlest granddaughter, who is 5, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She had lost 10% of her body weight in a few short weeks, was constantly thirsty, suddenly needed the bathroom a lot more often, and had wet the bed a few times. She also had been sick to her stomach several times after she finished her dinner. When my DIL took her to the doctor's office on Wednesday, they did a quick blood sugar check, and found that her level was 986. They told them to go to the hospital immediately. My son met them there, and she was admitted. They started her on insulin, and worked to get all of that sugar out of her. She stayed two nights, and is now home. My son called me to tell me what was going on, and when I was driving to the hospital, I had no idea what I would see when I got there. I kept picturing her, lying in bed, very lethargic. I couldn't have been more wrong! She was sitting up in the bed, alternating between coloring with her grandpa and tossing a ball with her teenage brother and his girlfriend. Honestly, besides the symptoms she had, she never has acted like she was sick! She's now on two kinds of insulin...a long-acting one at night, to keep things as stable as possible, and one that we have to administer after meals, adjusting the dose to her meter reading and the food she eats for that meal. We all went to the hospital so that we could learn how to test the blood, read the meter, calculate the dose, and give the injection. We were also told what to do for lows and highs during the day. It's a big lifestyle change for all of us...but mostly for her. She's doing great! She danced in her ballet recital last night, and will go to school tomorrow (Mon). My son told me that when she asked for her breakfast yesterday, she told him, "finger prick first!" before she ate. Then, she wiped her finger with the alcohol pad for him. Honestly, she's probably adapting better than her mom! LOL! But, the doctor said it's easier for kids her age than the kids who are diagnosed when they're older...and much more self-conscious. According to the ADA website, only 5% of diabetics are Type 1. But if you happen to know a child who is going through this, please post any suggestions or tips. Or just share your story. I'd love to hear it!