I missed World Diabetes Day - but I figure there are probably already a ton of incredible blog posts about that. Instead, my post today is in honour of World Prematurity Day, which falls on today, November 17. Prematurity is something that has greatly affected my life.
I am a preemie,1 pound 14 ounces. I have low vision due to this. I also feel this is why I have type 2. November17 ,hmm never heard of this. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Nancy
I'd never heard of it, either, until I saw it posted on Facebook.
You were a preemie too? That's really interesting. But yeah I was born at 29 weeks (I was due in either the end of January or Early feb of 1991 and born in November of 1990) . I was 2 lbs 10 oz, and really tiny in general (I was cute at least) . I almost died like 2-3 times and they had to resuscitate me and everything and I had a very high chance of not making it to 5 years old let alone adulthood because I was a sickly child...needless to say I surpassed those estimates.Like I was underweight my entire childhood and got sick a lot if it was severe cold/pnuemonia season...if that's a thing? I think the worst of it was when I got RSV when I was like 3-4 years old and had a horrible long hospital stay where I slapped the nurses and overall was horrible (this makes me so glad I got diagnosed with t1d when I was an adult and not a kid I don't think my mom could handle it I hated being medicated and stuff as a kid) . I'm fortunate not to have the typical preemie eye problems . I have a lot of motor skill problems and I feel like I'm a text book case for dyspraxia, despite never being diagnosed for it. I don't feel like there's a lot of awareness for the problems preemies face as adults, but I don't know if it's something the preemies born now even have to deal with as it's not like the 80's and 90's when we were born and they didn't nearly as advanced technology even then.
I think the issue these days is that preemies are saved at much earlier ages ... So instead of 27, 28, 29 weeks being super early it's more like 24, 25, 26 weeks that are being saved and facing complications. I was born at 28 weeks and wonder sometimes if being a preemie caused a bunch of subtle issues, and I agree there isn't much known or support for problems besides obvious disabilities.
I really wish there was more support for the more invisible side of problems for people in general , but particularly preemies because I am one and I've had problems with things like math learning difficulties (often times teachers think I'm lazy when I'm not I have genuine problems with math) , telling my left from right, things that don't really show unless I make it obvious and otherwise go invisible. I mean I knew I was a preemie since I was a really little kid and knew that is why I had some issues with things kids could normally do (such as riding a bike and tying their shoes) and I learned to suck it up (for the most part) and roll with the punches. I don't want to use it as an excuse still, but I'd say a lot of my problems with my body in general are because of being born early, if not my diabetes...its' either one or the other most of the time I swear.
I have problems with all those things! Math, left/right, giving directions. I joke that I think I have a math learning disability, but I'm not entirely joking, either. I've talked to others with ROP who have similar problems and thought maybe it was a ROP thing, but maybe it's a preemie thing in general. Very interesting! I just tend to joke and brush it off, but it's embarrassing sometimes when I can't do even simple math problems without making mistakes, even though (once it's pointed out to me) the mistake seems super obvious, and same with giving left/right directions, I have to stop and actually think before I say something, which doesn't seem right to me.