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Tin/Aluminum Diaversary

Just going to clear this up real quick like: Diabetes + Anniversary = Diaversary.

10 years ago, I went to the doctor for a routine physical, I was very skinny at the time (skinny for me) and doing alright, just drinking a lot of liquid, and peeing all of the time (I know, gross...but it is important). I went to the doctor for a physical, and had blood drawn as my dad was concerned about my kidney function based on the liquid output that I had shown. I had gone to the doctor's office, and then went out to work for the day, and then went home afterwards. As I returned home, we were preparing for supper, and a call came on the phone. That phone call will be the point that forever changed my life.

Blood sugars are a crazy thing, the measurement (in the United States) is in milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood. If you, like me, feel that it's a strange way to calculate and show it, it's because it 100% is.  But, what it does is makes the target value much more meaningful. Once again, this is in the US, but the range for a 'good' blood sugar is 80-130 mg/dL before a meal and to go no higher than 180 mg/dL throughout the meal. Why is this important? because people like to explain the information that they had at the time of diagnosis.

The life-changing call was that my blood glucose reached a value of 860 mg/dL The call came in, my dad took the call, talked to the doctor and then called me downstairs. At the time, I knew nothing about diabetes other than my grandmother had it and had a restricted diet because of it, but that had more to do with other conditions than the diabetes. I didn't know anyone (at least well) who had diabetes and knew nothing about insulin. But the call came in, and I had been diagnosed with diabetes and told to get to the hospital as soon as possible in order to get treatment immediately.

I don't remember much about that day, I have no idea what I had done at work, I don't know what other things really went on other than what I've said here. I'm sure I ate food at work, probably a doughnut or other snack, but nothing too outrageous. As soon as I arrived at the hospital with my father and mother, I was registered and brought up to the pediatrics floor (I was 17 at the time, and the pediatric endocrinologist was one of the best in the state if not the country). First thing that was done was an IV was put in and 2 bags (2L) of cold saline were flushed through my system. At the same time, I had received some insulin, but things were just going cray at that point. I was trying to figure out if it was diabetes or if it was just the fact that I had ate a lot of sugary things that day, but it didn't seem to matter to the doctors.

Throughout my stay at the hospital, I was taught various things about diabetes and how to treat and live with it over time. I spent hours in education on how insulin works, on how diabetes is set up, and how food affects diabetes. Much of this information I have tried to write out in this blog in previous posts, but this was the time where I learned it. On top of that and my own experiences have helped me understand more and more about how my body specifically copes with the immune system causing turmoil in my body. You may ask yourself what I'm doing to celebrate, or to commemorate the day, and I can only give you this blog post. I'm trying to better explain and communicate how this disease affects me in order to put it out there for others. I'm sure many of you appreciate this, and I'm thankful that you do. I'm happy that my current job is one where I get to positively affect the lives of people who have my and other conditions as well as the staff supporting them. I only hope that I can continue to improve my life and help others improve theirs.


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