So, today I will be telling you my t1 diabetes diagnosis story.
I was diagnosed nine years ago when I was seven years old. I was diagnosed on November 4th, 2003.
So, basically I was in the third grade at the time all of this took place. I started showing symptoms. I was always thirsty. I was always asking for drinks and chugging them down and then I would just want more. The thirst to me was basically unbearable. When I didn’t get my way I’d basically have a fit until I got it. I was also going to the bathroom like all the time. I also lost a lot of weight, which is not normal for a third grader.
On November 3rd, I had an accident in school and the school nurse called my mother to come pick me up. That evening my teacher called my mom and told her basically what she already knew about my symptoms and how they had been effecting me in class. She figured out this was worse than she had anticipated it to be and called the doctor and made an appointment for the following day.
She kept me home from school the next day and she took me to the doctor. She explained to the doctor my symptoms. The doctor checked my blood sugar which I started crying over because it hurt. The doctor told my mother that I needed to go to the hospital right away because my blood sugar was 600 something and that I had type one diabetes.
I spent five days in the hospital and we learned how to manage diabetes and I remember just being miserable. A lot of people we knew and family came to visit me while I was in the hospital and they brought me different gifts and stuff which was very sweet of them.
Before me, nobody else in my family had type one diabetes. It took my family and I awhile to get used of this new life we had received and to become comfortable with it. From the beginning, I have never been managing this disease on my own, my parents and siblings and other people have always been there and have been supportive of me. Now diabetes is just a part of my everyday life, I have never once let it slow me down. I don’t think of this disease as a horrible thing, I have gotten so much out of having diabetes.
Well, that’s my diagnosis story with T1D.