Annelise Eckart, Tucson Country Day School

I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES WHEN I WAS 6. WHEN I WAKE UP EACH MORNING, THE FIRST THING I DO IS TEST MY BLOOD SUGAR. I DO THIS BY POKING ONE OF MY FINGERS WITH A SMALL NEEDLE. I TAKE THE DROP OF BLOOD AND TOUCH IT TO MY GLUCOSE MONITOR. THE MONITOR TELLS ME HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN MY BLOOD. TOO MUCH SUGAR IS BAD. TOO LITTLE SUGAR IS ALSO BAD. I NEED TO BE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE. I PUT THE NUMBER INTO MY INSULIN PUMP. I WEAR AN INSULIN PUMP EVERY DAY EXCEPT WHEN I SHOWER OR GO SWIMMING. INSULIN IS A HORMONE THAT HELPS KEEP SUGAR LEVELS IN THE MIDDLE. THE THING I LIKE LEAST ABOUT BEING DIABETIC IS HAVING TO POKE MY FINGERS TO TEST 10 TO 12 TIMES A DAY. THIS IS ANNELISE ECKART FROM TUCSON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL FOR BEAR ESSENTIAL NEWS.

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