My adventures with Diabetes Group 1: Type 1 and Type 1.5. So it begins


#1

Well, life as I knew it changed a month ago. I was working on a hectic and stressful project, and i was experiencing a lot of fatigue. I knew something was wrong when the frequent urination episodes started. I rushed to the nearest store and bought a glucometer. When I tested for the first time, the meter came back with a “Blood sugar too high” message. I thought I had goofed up calibrating the meter, and so retested, only to get the same result. Panic set in, followed by a rational response. I gathered my belongings, packed up the overnight bag, and headed to the ER. My suspicion was proven right when the doctor returned with the stat blood work results, took a deep breath, and revealed that I had diabetes. My BG was 980, and my A1C was 13.5. Five days later, I went home with an average BG of 190, and my head swimming with my newly acquired vocabulary: bolus, lantus, humalog, PAD, baby aspirin, and a bunch of drug names and medical terms.

Fast forward a month. My A1C is now 8.5 and dropping. My BG average is down to 98, and pasta and ice cream remain distant dreams. I was angry and frustrated. Then I turned to the Internet. Apart from a plethora of web sites offering useful information, the ones that stood out were Bernard’s Blog, Alllison’s Lemonade Life and Diabetes Mine. Bernard pointed me to TuDiabetes, and here I am.

I am amazed at the camaraderie and the information sharing in this community, and I now know that I am not alone. Rather than wallow in the depths of self pity and anger, I am energized to live life, knowing that there is an entire universe of friends and well-wishers with the same problems, living life and relishing it.

I am a newbie here, but already feel at home. If you are new here, welcome, and be not afraid. A new journey begins. Now where’s that !@#$%^ lancet?



#2

Congratulations on that BG average! And welcome!


#3

Hi Sri. Congrats on the accurate self-diagnosis, too.
“Newbie” you knew what the symptoms you experienced meant.


#4

Welcome to TuDiabetes, Sri. I’m somewhat new too, but was diagnosed last September. Good on you for testing and getting help!


#5

Welcome Sri!
Glad you knew what to do. Yup, we’re here to support each other and even gripe about misunderstandings with the medical field,fight with insurance etc:)
Mainly, to give each other credit for joining the fight to improve our lives.
Thankyou for joining us!
MeadowLark