I suppose I could just copy and paste from some other blog or forum post here and change a couple of dates, but I will go ahead tell my little history of the "D".
I was an active healthy 29 year old with a 4 year old son and another due in a few months. Up to this point I never had a reason to see a doctor then one day at work after a little party for the completion of a big project I got sick. I laid in the front seat of my truck for a couple of hours before I was able to make the drive home. I figured I just ate something bad and had a little stomach bug. I remained sick for the next couple of days and my wife convinced me to go see our doc. Our doc had been our PC for 4 years I had never been to see him for myself. It was the last appt for they day for him and the first comment he made was "you lost some weight", I explained the I just had a stomach bug and had been working a lot of hours. He just ordered some blood tests and sent me on my way. I stopped on the way out and got my labs done. It was about an hour drive home from his office and as soon as I walk in the door the phone was ringing. It was the doc and he said my BG was over 900 and I needed to come right back. After bit of conversation I convinced him that I would see him first thing in the morning. That was May 20th, 1999. My wife's birthday! 8am on May 21st my first injection of insulin and a pile of scripts for all the things that go with it.
I was in the Navy in '95 and talked to the doc during a physical about having to urinate a lot at night and being real thirsty late in the evenings and during the night. He suggest that I drink more fluids during the day. I was discharged in '96 after fulfilling my obligation. Between '96 and my DX I lost about 30 pounds from an already healthy weight and got to were I was very tired a lot, especially in the afternoons. I would drink 2 or 3 32oz cups of water just at night when I would get up. Now it seems obvious what was going on, but then it just seemed normal.
Now skip forward a few years...
I have been on, I think the proper term is, MDI's up until a few weeks ago. I started on the Omnipod and few days after that the Dexcom. My A1C has been creeping up the last 18 months and I was on a roller coaster with my BG's. It was really starting to affect my life. When I would have a big swing from hypo to hyper or hyper to hypo it would just zap my energy. I also DK'd a couple years ago after a bout of food poisoning. The DKA was the first time that I realized that I didn't always have control. A couple of days of dehydration and my BG's went from ok to just my meter blinking "HIGH". That cost me three days in ICU plus another five in a hospital room.
Now the pump and cgm has seemed to beat back some of the burn out and bring some renewed energy to my life. I'm active in many outdoors forums, but always just lurked in the "D" ones. I'm trying to adjust somethings in my life so I can enjoy others longer.