Almost two weeks ago I started having a problem keeping food down. I thought it was related to antibiotics I was taking for a dental infection, so I was trying to live through it. For over a day I couldn’t keep any food down and finally, last Tuesday morning, I was throwing up when I knew there wasn’t anything in my stomach to get rid of. There was a weird sweet taste along with it and I swore up and down it was the applesauce I’d had over a day prior.
You can imagine my surprise when, after visiting the ER, I was told that I was diabetic (initially diagnosed with Type 1, later clarified as Type 2). It was the sweet taste I mentioned that really clued the nurse into my condition, verified with a bunch of lab work. From what I was told, had I gone any longer I may have ended up in a coma. As it was, I was already in diabetic ketoacidosis and I ended up spending the next three days in the hospital.
I’m still coming to grips with my diagnosis. There is no family history (if anything, I thought I had cancer) and the whole thing is still surreal to me. With that said, I’m trying to dive in head-first, knowing that the best way forward is to not dwell on what I have, rather on effectively managing the disease. I have a very supportive family, including my mother-in-law who is Type 2. My lovely wife is changing her diet to accommodate mine and even some of my friends at work are trying to change their lifestyle to help support me. I know that their efforts may be temporary, but their willingness to support me is what really fills me with hope.
My biggest challenge thus far has been getting my medications figured out, which was made all the more complicated by the discharging doctor calling in the wrong prescriptions. My new PCP has been great, though, and he’s getting me started on a whole new regimen from what I was discharged on, something that will hopefully be manageable as I get used to the idea of having Type 2 diabetes. Surely things will change as I progress, however it’s good to know that I have a plan and I’m not shooting in the dark.
I’ve been looking through the forums for this site for a few days now and I am so very impressed with the depth of knowledge of everyone here, but also the open-arms with which everyone seems to welcome those new to the diabetic club. I’m very much looking forward to interacting with everyone. I am also chronicling my journey on my website, so I would love for people to read it and provide me with their insights. I know that I will not get through this journey on my own and the more help I get, the better off I will be in the long-run.
Thank you for taking a few moments to learn a bit more about me and I’m looking forward to interacting with you all.