Hi. My name is Austin and I am in the fourth grade. I am the youngest in my family. I have two brothers and one sister. My oldest brother is autistic and diabetic. He needs help taking care of himself and managing his diabetes. I enjoy taking care of him during the day and getting him ready for bed.
When I was younger, I was curious about my brother’s diabetes. My parents taught me how to check his blood sugar and give him insulin shots. During the day I gave him shots when he eats, or if his blood sugar is too high. At his bedtime, I give him 25 units of long lasting insulin and make sure his blood sugar is in a safe range. If it’s not, I give him food or quick acting insulin depending on his blood sugar level.
Some people may be scared to give a person a shot or prick someone’s skin to get a blood
sample, but I do it because my brother needs help. Sometimes he is tired and irritated but I know how to work with him. I think its unique that my curiosity about my brother’s diabetes helped me discover my passion for helping other people. I really enjoy helping my brother and I’m glad I’ve learned how to manage his diabetes.