Hi my name is Esha and in this book I'm going to be interviewing my friend Maya so that we can learn more about Diabetes for Diabetes Awareness Month. Maya is seven years old and she found out when she was five that she has Type 1 Diabetes. Maya, can you explain what Type 1 Diabetes is?
Hi, my name is Maya. When I was five I started feeling sick. I was drinking a LOT more water than I usually did and I was going to the washroom ALL the time! I did not have my usual energy to play with my friends, my brother, and my sister. I felt a tiny bit scared.
Why did you feel scared by all of this? Maybe you had just stayed up too late and you were over tired? Maybe you were thirsty because it was a really hot day and you hadn't drank enough water to stay hydrated?
I was scared because my Mom wanted to test my blood and it kind of hurt. She tested my blood because my Dad is Type 1 Diabetic and sometimes diabetes when your sugars go high it can make you really thirsty. She wondered if maybe I had diabetes, just like my Dad....
How did your mom test your blood?
Since my dad has type 1 diabetes, I used his tester.
What is a tester?
A tester is a thing that reads your blood
Why do you have a phone when you are 7?
It is just a medical alert phone.
So your phone dose not have any games.
A medical alert phone is a phone that dos't have games on it.
Why do you carry that bag where-ever you go at school?
I don't just take it to school,I take it every-were I go. It has extra sugar tablets, a juice box, and my phone in it. When my blood sugars go low, I need to have sugar quickly so that I don't pass out.