“I've Learned How to Eat Better and Manage My Diabetes”

Friday, December 16, 2016

In April 2014, Rosalinda Trevino’s son, Anthony Ortiz, was losing weight and suffering from fatigue. Blood tests showed his sugar level was in the 500s and the doctor sent Anthony to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Rosalinda started gathering information, learning as much as she could. She heard Pediatric Endocrinologist Jose David Gamez, MD, speak at a forum and liked his philosophy and felt he would be a good fit to treat her son. Their first appointment at the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute at Edinburg Children’s Hospital was in December 2014.

“Dr. Gamez helped us with Anthony’s diabetes by educating us about his diet and how to monitor his sugar levels. He also guided us to support groups,” says Rosalinda. “Anthony wears two devices, one for insulin and one to check his sugar levels. Dr. Gamez can monitor them remotely and make changes to the insulin if necessary.”

Eating Clean and Healthy

Rosalinda says diabetes has drastically changed the way her family lives. “I am very conscious about what we eat. When we travel, I pack all his supplies and make sure he eats throughout the day,” she says. “Before, Anthony never ate salads, but now he has them for dinner. He has cut down on junk food and drinks mostly water.”

What sets this hospital apart for Rosalinda is its diabetes management services. “This was all new to us, and we were very nervous. Dr. Gamez and the medical staff treated us with care and respect, and we felt very supported,” says. “We are so glad we found this facility, and I recommend it to others.”

Anthony, now 14, sees Dr. Gamez every two months and is doing very well. “He is active in his school’s band and is enjoying his teen years. I am very happy and proud he is taking control of his diabetes, thanks to Dr. Gamez and the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute,” says Rosalinda. 

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