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9 Years Ago...

...I was working 2 jobs over the summer, working at a research lab on the campus of the University of Missouri, and working at Pretzel Time in the Columbia Mall.  The morning of July 24, 2006 I was tasked with going for a physical at one of the satellite clinics of the University of Missouri Hospital.  At the time, I didn't really feel bad at all, it was strange that I was drinking a lot of liquid and urinating quite a lot, both of these are things which many think are too much information, but I think it's vital that people understand some of the signs and symptoms of diseases.  My day went just fine, I went to the Physical exam, answered some questions, had some blood drawn, and then went on my way.  That day I was tasked with working at the research lab, I got some work done, then went home and hung out with my family, that's when it happened.

My dad was working at the hospital at the time and it wasn't abnormal for us to receive calls where the caller ID had "University of Missouri Hospital" on it.  But this call was different, it was a call from the doctor who I had met with that day and it was serious.  My blood results showed a blood glucose of 860 mg/dL which on the scale from low, to high is 'extremely and terrifyingly high', I was immediately admitted to the hospital and from that point on, my life was changed forever.  I spent 4 nights, 5 days in the hospital as I both was brought down to a normal insulin level and was educated on the new things that I would have to do day-to-day.  I learned more in that week about medicine and needles, and injections, and blood than I ever knew before.  Learning about what a carbohydrate exchange, learning how to do injections in myself, learning how to use math and determine how much insulin to give myself, learning how to make changes in order to fix the issues that I had, learning how to solve problems.

Diabetes is a disease that will stick with me for the rest of my life, this day 9 years ago changed the way that I live day-to-day.  Honestly, I don't know what I'd be doing right now had this event not changed my destiny, and I don't really want to think about it.  Life has a strange way of getting to the point, but I think that I've learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.  I've also hopefully helped out quite a few people with their own issues.  It's been a wild ride so far, I'm continually learning more and more about my disease, how my body reacts to different foods, and how it deals with insulin.  There are a lot of lessons, and not nearly enough time to go through them all, eventually it'll all make sense to someone.


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