A month with Type 1 diabetes – by Cam

416 Million. It is estimated that 416 Million people on our planet suffer from diabetes. Still feel alone? Anyway, I’m here to tell you my story and how the diagnosis is going for me, one month on.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes out of nowhere on 5 June 2017. It was quite a change at first but as soon as I knew what I had to do, it came naturally. This blog is just here to tell you that EVERYONE here has the same as you. This is my story:

I was diagnosed at my local doctor surgery. Not once did diabetes cross my mind but after looking up symptoms later on, I realised that I was having nearly all of them. Anyway, we were rushed to hospital… That sounds like I’ve been in some sort of accident so, we leisurely drove to Salisbury Hospital where I was properly diagnosed and told what I had to do.

It’s understandable that the information on the first day can be overwhelming. It’s why they normally split it up into two or three days. I spent most of day one sitting in the ward and playing with the bed, you know, making it go up and down with that little remote. If they’re going to give me the chance, I’ll take it! Every now and then, one of the doctors might come in and explain a little more but overall, what you learn on day one is how to do insulin injections. Something I had no trouble with but there is a different solution if you have a passionate fear of needles. There’s an insulin pump that you can get but I don’t know too much about them because I find the injections just fine.

Why be sad?

After a few days of hospital time and one more day off school to ‘get familiar with everything’ (Playing on my XBOX for five hours) I was used to everything. The doctors said that I’d picked it up quickly and didn’t really make any arguments and wasn’t sad at all. My reason is I couldn’t do anything to stop it. I was always going to get it so why be sad in the first place? It’s not going anywhere now. Sorry if this is the first time you’re hearing this… One big surprise I had was the amount of injections we have to do. I presumed it would be maybe once or twice a week but yeah… then I found out it was four per day…

First hypos

Nothing has really been a challenge, in fact the first month has gone good. I’ve bought my blood sugar down nicely but had a few times when it’s gone too low. Hypos. Everyone has them differently and it’s when your blood sugar gets too low. I start to feel really light headed and tend to laugh a lot at random things. Basically I act drunk. My first hypo was 2.7: not a good way to start as that is quite low. After that I was mostly in the threes. Some hypo experiences include: laughing at a lamp post on a walk. Laughing at my dog breathing on a walk. Bursting into laughter as I tried to pick up a plastic bag with my foot as it fell out of the cupboard. This was accompanied by genuinely taking to the thing and finally, waking up at 3AM shaking like a wet dog only to find my blood sugar at 2.9… That was yesterday.

So, what you are going through is the same as me and as the next person who reads this. It’s all normal and I wish you personally the best of luck with your diabetes. We’re all in this boat together so let’s sail it and do the best we can (cliché, I know.) I’m Cam, we all have diabetes and if you’ll excuse me, I have to inject my Levemir.

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