I’ve been a bit of a snoop reading through everyone’s posts on this website and I feel like I want to join in on the participation and meet more people who are dealing with Diabetes as well. I just recently got diagnosed with Type 1 at the start of February at the tender age of 23. It’s been quite difficult as I’m originally from Canada and have had to deal with Canadian and American sets of doctors and measurements during the whole diagnostic process. I haven’t met many people who also have diabetes and I feel like I’m out on my own, which I know in reality there are many people like me out there, I just need to stretch out my hands.
I’m a ballet dancer and I am just in transition from dancing at the Montgomery Ballet Company to Arova Contemporary Ballet Company. I knew something was off in November but I couldn’t put my finger on it. My dancing was beginning to suffer and I didn’t know why. When I came home for Christmas to Canada my doctor couldn’t do much for me since our health care is pretty slow so I’ve had to take care of it in the states in the New Year. Luckily I found a doctor who was able to take the time to dive in, order the proper tests (c-peptide, A1C, antibodies) and fix me up! We caught it very early, thank goodness. I’m glad I paid attention to my body and I encourage others to do the same. Lots of stress from artistic directors and pressure from new choreography messes my blood sugar pretty badly. I’m still learning how to eat properly and dose correctly but each day is its own special challenge. I’m sure many of my questions will grace the forums of TuDiabetes!
As soon as I started insulin I couldn’t believe I could feel good again. Right now I’m giving myself shots. The doctor is starting me out on baby steps since I hate needles. I take lantus and try to eat as little carbs as possible to avoid the need for mealtime insulin even though he warned me that I’ll need it in the near future as what little insulin I have will stop (What a pleasant thought). Due to the fact that I dance 8 hours a day and need to maintain control of my sugars to perform at a high level, my nurse and educator think I’m a good candidate for an insulin pump. I danced with a pod attached to my arm for 3 days and it didn’t seem to annoy me too much. I do think that the One Touch Ping looks like a better machine but I’m not sure how I can dance with all that tubing. Any dancers out there who can offer advice?
Lucky for me I got to attend an education seminar with another girl who was 5 days older than me and had just been diagnosed with type 2. We hit it off and I’m hoping to meet more people that I can look across the room at the doctor’s office and go “Diabetes eh?..yeah man” just nod and smile. So anyways, I just wanted to say hi to everyone online and connect with more people on this joyous means of communication. Hope everyone is having a great Monday!