At the age of 11 in 2001 I started to get sick very often. from the beggining of fall to the end of winter my doctors thought it was the flu, then they thought it was pneumonia, then they thought it was the flu again...they put me on prednisone around christmastime and it only got worse.
My symptoms were nausea, diarhea, excessive thirst, frequent urination, extreme weight loss ( 30 lbs in 1 month ), Difficulty breathing at night (due to asthma, made worse by high numbers), and frequently being sick at night (vomiting) with no memory or recolection of it happening the next morning. My mother thought i was trying to be bullemic or anorexic at the time.
For Christmas dinner my family went to my grandparents house where we had the whole family (about 35 people). My Aunt Diane had been a nurse for about 40 years (at that point) and she noticed how wan i looked and how much i was drinking and urinating and asked my mother about my symptoms. She explained my symptoms and my aunt told her it sounded like diabetes and had her check my blood sugar with my babci's meter (grandmother in Polish) as she has type 2 diabetes. When we checked it on that meter it read HI and the meter went up to 600. My mother made a doctors appointment the next day and they confirmed that my BS was 946 and i had type 1 diabetes.
I spent the next month and a half in an outpatient clinic near my house for juvenille diabetics learning the inns and outs of diabetes, insulin and how to give shots/check my blood sugar. To this day those first few weeks are like a fog that i can't remember, and it took a lot of repitition on the doctors part to help the info stick.
I'm now 23 years old, engaged to the love of my life, and pregnant with our first child. No complications have arisen during the pregnancy and my A1C has never been better. I have no complications from diabetes at the moment, and i would very much like to keep it that way!View Thread
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