Just to clarify, I am writing a blog on the past 23 years of my life since discovering I had Type 1 Diabetes gradually bringing it up to 2015 ..I am now 56 yrs old .. Happily married with 3 Children now 22, 19 & 16 and a successful business…My journey has had its ups and downs dealing with diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy and other autoimmune disorders.. I realise there has been many advancements in diabetes along the way .. So some of my story will be out of date but will still show you the journey I have taken .. the rest you will discover in my blog !
I hope to help people who are on a similar path to see there is light at the end of the tunnel and life is what you make of it …..
I was still working, but needed to read everything about travelling with diabetes as my job meant me travelling to the Far East and turning my body clock round! Now that I injected it worried me.
The end of late night dinners ..I started staying in more as I used to have low sugars everyday sometimes twice a day but that was because my sugars were up and down ..later to be diagnosed as brittle diabetes .
We were trying for a baby , soon after our honeymoon I conceived but 8weeks later I had a miscarriage which transpired was because I was early stages diabetic but had not been diagnosed yet!
I was told I couldn’t get pregnant until my sugars were stable …6.0 to 6.9 mmol/l (108 to 126 mg/dl)….
There is a reason why I refer to my Endocrinologist as number 1, you will get to understand further into the blogs… I was extremely nervous to find out how diabetes was going to affect me . I still didn’t know if I would have to inject insulin( Type 1) or just take tablets (Type 2).
After further tests, it was decided I would need to inject insulin! However I had a phobia of needles ! I decided there was no way I could do this , so the specialist had no option but to admit me to hospital until I learnt to inject. I had to practise on an orange ..It took a week before I overcame my fears !
Being told you are diabetic out of the blue sent me into shock …I went home and read everything I could about diabetes on the Internet ! What happens now I thought ..my life changed overnight ..I had an emergency appointment the following day to meet a specialist in a local private hospital, I was lucky enough to have Private Medical Insurance . Other people may have had to wait a week or two for an appointment on the NHS !
I was working on some drawings as I designed toys at the time and I noticed my vision began to change …I figured I needed glasses ! Then I started to lose weight and became excited as my diet was finally working ..little did I know what would happen next. I was always running to the toilet , but now I know they were all symptoms of the beginning of Diabetes !
When I visited my local GP at the time, he pricked my finger with a blood monitor to see my glucose reading and test my urine…”Yes” he said “you have diabetes , I will need to refer you to a specialist called an Endocrinologist”
I opened a fridge in my Cousins flat to see all these needles and insulin on the shelf.. I thought wow my cousins husband must be so ill to have to inject and take all this medication ….little did I know that 10 years later I would have the same things in my fridge !