Hello everybody. My name is
Colton, I am
5-years-old, and I have blonde hair and blue eyes. My mommy and daddy
the most important people in my life. They love me and play with me and
help me to take care of myself. I go to school at home with my
I like to go to school at home because I can do my school work and then
play the rest of the day.I love to do math worksheets, and I can even
My mommy taught me how to read. Sometimes I like to sit and color and
pictures. I drew a picture of a storm one day...what do you think?
I also love to draw pictures of
my friends. And I like to build things with blocks and legos,
tall towers. It's so much fun to see how tall I can build them before
fall. Sometimes after I build them up I knock them down with my
I have two boxes of 'hotwheel' cars, and when they're not busy knocking
down my towers, they go for rides on the tracks I have to play with
I like to build castles with my blocks. Sometimes my daddy builds
with me when we play together.
I have an nintendo and a
I like to play games on those
too. My daddy has some Sega
games that he has on our computer and they are so much fun! Let's
see, what else? I like all kinds of sports. I play baseball and
outside with my daddy when it is not raining.
Some of my favorite t.v. shows
Polie Olie, Sponge Bob, and Jimmy Neutron. My favorite movie is
I have a little dog named Skooby.
do like him a lot. There are some things that I do not like, though,
at all! I hate most bugs. I think they are yucky and they scare
Except for lady bugs and rolly pollies, because they are cute.
Something else that I do not like
poked. The problem is that I have to get poked A LOT so that I can stay
healthy. See, I have something called diabetes, and if I don't take
care of myself, I can get very sick. Diabetes means that a part of my
called a pancreas does not work the right way any more; that it cannot
make the Insulin that my body needs. That's where the pokes come it.
tell my mom and dad just how much Insulin my body needs. If I have too
much sugar in my blood, that means that I need more Insulin. Pretty
I have to check my blood sugar
a day and I have to take 4
shots every day. I know that
that keeps me from having to go to the hospital. It doesn't hurt
either, really! I can take my shots with a syringe, or I have
neat insulin pen that my mom uses sometimes.
Diabetes can make me feel very
run down when it is not well controlled. When it is, I can play like
other 5-year-old, which as you know is something I love to do! What
means is that I have to put up with all of the pokes, even though they
are definitely not fun. I have a finger poker that I poke my finger
and then I test my blood sugar level before I eat.
My mommy and daddy have to give
after I eat to keep the sugar from going too high. I can get sick
really fast if it goes too high, or even too low. For example,
time my blood sugar was too low and I had a seizure, and my body just
and shook. It was scary and I cried, and I don't want to ever have
I also have to eat foods that are
healthy and not junky, which is actually a pretty good thing, since
also taste good and make me feel full of energy.
So how do you like
My friends are like me....they
and they like to play outside. They don't laugh at me or make fun of me
when my mommy has to check my blood. They know it is important to
keep my blood sugar at a good number so that I don't get sick. My
friends know if I am feeling bad and they always ask my mommy or my
at church if I am OK.
Did you know that Diabetes is not
you can get by touching me or being around me? Some kids tease
they get scared of what they don't understand. It is not nice to make
of other kids because it can hurt their feelings, make them sad and
Having Diabetes is no fun, but my
daddy tell me that God made me special because of my diabetes.
are lots of kids with diabetes.There are even famous people who have
I have pictures of some of them and an autograph too. I have a
of Nicole Johnson, Kelly Kuehne, Mark Lye, and Michelle McGann.
*I'm now a big giant six years
old and will
be seven this summer in July! Even though I'm technically in first
most of my work at home is on a 2nd grade level. I'm going
to be moving in about 2 1/2 weeks, into our very own house from an
Boy am I ever excited about that. I'll keep you posted. In the
I'm happy that you took the time to read my story!
Now here are two funny pictures,
one of me in August of 2004, and the next of me at the end of May,
2005. Can you tell what happened to me in the meantime?
* Can you believe another
year has passed, and I'll be 8 in July.
And my brand new little sister Tobi will be three months old when I'm
I'm still being
homeschooled and, guess what, I'm going into 3rd grade!
I like to play
outside---and now we have a great big outside...almost 2 acres. I
also love to go to garage sales on Fridays with my Paw Paw.
Want to know some
How about reading a
poem about diabetes?
Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
New York 10468
updated: June 25, 2005