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Niklas' Story

and after the first game I was not feeling well. I went home to lie on the couch, getting worse every hour. Dad took me to the emergency room where they diagnosed me with strep throat, sent me home with antibiotics and told me if I didn’t get better in the next 24 hours to come back. That was at 5:00pm.

Around 5:00am, I awoke from my sleep feeling extremely disorientated, dizzy and had great difficulty breathing. I walked down the stairs and into the living room and wasn’t exactly sure where I was or what was happening to me. I WAS SCARED!

My mom and Dad heard me stumbling around the living room and my mom came out to find out why I was out of bed. I attempted to get back upstairs but collapsed on the 3rd stair. My dad rushed me back to the emergency room.

I only know my story from my mom and dad telling me what happened over the next 72 hours. At the emergency room they immediately took me into an examination room, quickly checked my blood sugar and my blood glucose was over 700! They contacted MUSC and informed my dad an ambulance was coming because I was in full Diabetic Ketoacidosis; an absolute shortage of insulin in which the body switches to burning fatty acid and produces acidic ketone bodies and is potentially life threatening.
The hospital could not get control of my blood sugar and it continued spiking. MUSC cancelled the ambulance and dispatched a helicopter. This was life or death now! I arrived at MUSC and remained in this coma for the next 48 hours. I spent 3 days in the ICU and another 3 days on a specialty floor where I had to learn everything there was about diabetes.

My diet had to change, I had to prick my fingers 8-10 every day, I had learn about counting carbohydrates and which ones were slow acting vs. fast acting, I had to figure out what exercise would do to my sugar levels, I HAD to inject insulin simply to remain alive! I had to learn a new way of life at age 9!

I am doing very well now. I am active in sports, especially swimming and bicycling and sustain above average grades.

Diabetes WON’T stop me and I will do everything I can to help find a cure so no other kid like me needs to go through this and NMD Foundation is where it all begins for us!