Diagnosis (April 21st, 2009)
I went to the emergency room with a lot of problems but didn't dream that one of them would be diabetes. My main symptoms that led me to the emergency room were nausea, vomiting and fatigue. I had already been diagnosed with celiac disease about a week before and thought that my symptoms would subside after I stopped eating gluten. But here I was, sicker than ever, in the ER being told that my blood sugar was 540 and that I had diabetes. I was admitted since I was extremely dehydrated and my electrolytes were way out of whack. During my three day hospital stay the doctors decided that I also had Addison's disease, which is another autoimmune problem where your body attacks and destroys your adrenal glands. I take Prednisone to treat Addison's disease so I can function. The crazy thing is that I haven't felt this good since I was 10 to 12 years old and I'm now 36. Feeling so good has kept me from feeling down and discouraged about the diagnoses but I know those days will inevitably come. I look forward to getting to know some of you and applaud you all for your strength and determination in dealing with your own difficult circumstances.