As many of you know, my oldest daughter has type 1 diabetes. November is diabetes awareness month and she wanted to share her story to raise awareness of this disease. Here is her story:
Let’s talk about what this whole “blood sugar” thing is all about. Blood glucose. It’s how much sugar is in your bloodstream. For a normal person the range is 80-120. For a person my age, with diabetes, 80-150 grams of sugar in my bloodstream is an ideal number. Anything over 150 is considered a high blood sugar. That means I have too much sugar. Usually, if it’s just in the 200’s, I can fix it easily by giving myself more insulin and maybe going to exercise to burn off some of the sugar. However, if it gets to 300 or higher, then I start freaking out. Being high (That’s what I call it, don’t judge me ) IS NOT FUN. IT’S HORRIBLE. I mean, having a high blood sugar really is like being high( at least that’s what I’ve been told), except you don’t get loopy. But if your sugar gets too high, then you start to be really grumpy, you yell at people, are over emotional, you don’t feel good.If I’m not getting enough insulin and my blood sugar keeps rising, that’s when I start going into what’s called “ketoacidosis” (I hope I spelled that right ) which is when your body just starts shutting down. Your kidneys stop working, you get really really sick, and if you don’t fix it, you could die. Sometimes, my pump will “fail”, meaning for some reason, it’s not giving me insulin. When that happens, and I get really high, I start feeling really really sick. I can’t move, it’s hard for me to breathe, I start throwing up, and I just feel like dying. It’s horrible. I hate it. Luckily, my pump rarely fails, and I haven’t been sick like that in almost a year.
If taken care of properly, diabetes isn’t dangerous. It’s not contagious, either. I live a pretty normal life, I interact with normal people. I don’t get sick very often, and I can eat sugar. To the naked eye, I’m really just a normal person. I hope that I’ve explained type 1 diabetes to you. I hope I’ve raised everyone’s awareness, and hope that you guys understand this better, and therefore, understand ME better. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this.