Rachael Anderson played a vampire in Montgomery High School's production of "Dracula" last fall, with fangs in her mouth and fake red bloodstains on a tattered white dress.
It was a "creepy, crawly" role as a bride of the dreaded Transylvanian count, said Anderson, 16, a junior who's been involved in drama for three years and wants to pursue it in college.
But it was also a trifle bit like real life for Anderson, a diabetic who must prick her finger with a lancet to produce a drop of blood four or five times a day to check her blood sugar level.
Diagnosed with diabetes at age 10, she wears an insulin pump to deliver the sugar-lowering hormone that her body will not produce. Sometimes, she needs to inject insulin with a syringe.
Once or twice a week, her blood sugar level plummets, a condition called hypoglycemia. "I get shaky, confused. I feel sick to my stomach," she said.