A couple of us were describing memories of being diagnosed in another thread, and when a couple of others posted similar memories, I realized it could be a common theme for us newly diagnosed t1 diabetics. After all, T1s in particular tend to be diagnosed at an early age, when music is an important part of self discovery.
So then, what songs or music do you remember from the time you were diagnosed, especially songs that bring you back to that time when you were in the hospital or shortly after? I’ll repeat my memory, hopefully those who already posted in the other thread will also do so here, plus anyone else with a similar experience.
A teenager at the time when I was diagnosed, I remember leaving the hospital in March 75, beautiful sunny but windy day, and listening to new released Bowie song Young Americans from his brand new album while my sister drove me home from the hospital. World was different for me from that day forward, though I didn’t really know how yet.
After being in DKA for some time with significant weight loss my GP saw me for flu symptoms but thankfully had me leave a urine sample, so parents were called to take me to the hospital immediately. This was before A1c tests or BG meters, and my BG at admission was simply noted as higher than 800, the max they could read at the time.
Spent a few days in the hospital, learning to inject into an orange, etc. But when I left the hospital I felt so much better physically than I had for weeks, having finally being given insulin and getting some nutrients into my body instead of peeing them all down the drain.
And somehow that Bowie song connected with me and that early spring day, with a warm sun but a biting wind. It was both uplifting and positive, but also a bit disconcerting and full of unknowns. I knew my life had undergone a fundamental shift, even though it was a shift I didn’t yet understand. That song brings me back to that time, driving home from the hospital full of hope but uncertainty. What song does that for you?