@ age 24 was when I was diagnosed. I was urinating fire, w/ 2+ for ketones and a BG of 498mg/dL. It's not easy, but the insulin pump and CGM are helping w/ my ctrl. , along w/ swimming workouts several times per week. Keep your head up, things could always be worse.
I showed my first possible clue in 1991, when I was 43, and second possible clue in Aug. 1992, but in both cases, the docs had other reasons for disregarding what they considered to be ambiguous signs. Then in Aug 1993, I had a 160 on a fasting BG test, so in Dec. 1993, my PCP sent me to an endo, because I also clearly had thyroid problems, and he put me on Glucotrol, which did absolutely nothing, so I went on insulin in May 1994. At some point, he did a thyroid antibody test, which turned out positive, but never did any diabetes antibody testing. Then last year, I had a coma, and the CDE told me in no uncertain terms that I was to be treated as Type 1, because the hospital protocols for Type 2 did not work for me. Which doesn't surprise me -- Type 2 treatment never worked for me before -- why should it work for me now?
So I've had diabetes for about 20 years, and I'm approximately Type 1. Need a chuckle, anyone? :-)
I became type 1 in 1959 when I was 4 years old. I don't even know what a normal life is which made the diet and the strict timetable of animal insulin easy for me to get used to. I have not even thought about diabetes for 45 years, it's a non-issue and still use animal insulin. What bugs me is bipolar disorder, that is a problem, but diabetes is easy. After 52 years I have no complications at all and the last time I saw an endo was in 1969.
I started suspecting something was wrong back in january 2010, frequent toilet visits, thirsty all the time, double vision. Strange thing i walked around with it for allmost 8 months.. During the time inbetween i got a fungus infection and strange skin rashes, loosed alot(!) of weight etc etc.. So I went to my doctor, came in his office. After a short exam he said; "I think we have to measure your bloodsugar levels". I've never seen anyone widen their eyes like he did - the meter said "HI" "HI" like 4 times and the 5th time it was at 27 mmol! A few minutes after that I remember he said "You would have had to come see me sooner or later, but then you wouldnt have remembered it, cause you'd be unconscious". After a few hours with learning to use a meter, shooting up insulin and a TON of more information it kinda slowly came to me how life would change. I remember the date, the year and the time i was dx: 18th of august 2010, 12:21 pm. I was 33 at the time.
How I cope? Well I read, read, read and read even more to learn everything i can (and follow up on whatever right thing to do). I eat healthy, drink very little alchohol, quit smoking, excersise - and some days i worry , some days I don't.
I'm just blessed to have an understanding family and friends that understands and care :)
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