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My First Week as a Type 1 Diabetic

 I’ve been staring at this empty blog post for a while now. It’s hard to put into words what this week entailed. In a lot of aspects, it was no different to any other week. I got up, got dressed, enjoyed time with friends, did university work. I played games, went on road trips, learned some piano and appreciated the nice weather. A pretty normal week…except for the fact that on Tuesday the 24th of April, I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

image1See, I’ve had my fair share of difficulties during my life, but Type 1 Diabetes was the one that seemed far off the agenda. Type 1 Diabetes was not something that ever crossed my mind. Sure, I learned plenty about Type 2 Diabetes when studying my health and social care course, but no one ever talks about Type 1 unless they or someone they know has it.

However, it didn’t really come as a shock to me when the doctor tested my blood sugar and sent me straight to the hospital. I’d been feeling poorly for over a week before this appointment – the constant need to pee, the constant thirst despite drinking loads, the shaking, the chills, the nausea and vomiting whenever I ate, the headaches, the constant fatigue. I knew all the signs pointed towards Diabetes, so it wasn’t really that much of a surprise…right?

I realise now, one week in, that the diagnosis wasn’t a surprise but the reality was. The reality of having to test blood sugar every few hours and the preparation needed even just to eat. The hours spent trying to learn about Diabetes and all the medical knowledge needed to manage it. The use of injections and infusion sets. The tiredness and lack of sleep of dealing with hypos and then hypers. The confusion in the supermarket trying to find foods with protein for hypers and foods with sugar for hypos. Life is hard. Life with Type 1 Diabetes is harder.

Nonetheless, it is now my life, and no matter how hard it gets, it will always be life.

I may have Diabetes, but Diabetes does not have me.

 

 

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One thought on “My First Week as a Type 1 Diabetic

  1. Hi Savannah!

    I can see that your writing is very neat, I compliment you for that!

    I’m sorry to hear that you have diabetes. However, at least that is a manageable condition, and you can live a perfectly normal life with it.

    You’ll get a little of a nuisance everyday, but hopefully nothing you can’t cope with.

    I’ve learned to be grateful in life for what I have, because things could always get worse and they haven’t so far.

    I have problems with sensory sensitivity, social relations, and sadness. I also have migraines. But on top of that, I could be on a wheelchair and I’m not.

    I have a cousin with type 1 diabetes and he has a job, a wife, and a kid . . . like I said, a perfectly normal life!

    I wish you all the best. You are a really nice person and you deserve to be cheerful!

    Take care,

    Jose

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