Hi, I'm Corey from Learning Patience.
I'm a US expat living in Trinidad.
3.5 months ago, I jumped into a pool and severely fractured my right foot.
As a runner, preparing for my 1st official half marathon, I was devastated.
I felt like all my hard work over the past year had floated away.
Then, 2 months ago, I finally got my cast off.
I was finally feeling normal again.
That was until I went on vacation mid August.
I traveled to my parents house in Missouri from Trinidad, where I live.
When I arrived, I was very thirsty.
My eyes were crazy dry.
I was tired, very tired.
I knew something was wrong.
I went to the ER.
The ER nurse told me I had "jet lag".
I made her give me a blood test.
Initially, the nurse said my tests looked fine and told me to get dressed.
Then, she came in to the room, with a look that said it all.
Things were not fine...
My blood sugar was 489.
Thank goodness, I trusted my instincts and went to the ER.
She told me that I had Diabetes and sent me home with testing supplies and Metformin.
My mom said on the way home, that she was surprised I wasn't admitted.
The next morning, I tried to run and I could barely make it down the driveway.
I couldn't breathe...
I was scared.
I googled the medicine and saw the only severe side effect was "shortness of breath".
I went back to the ER and the Dr. told me I was in Ketoacidosis
My ketone reading was 88.
After a blood gas test, which was a horrible - horrible procedure, I was admitted to the hospital.
And that's where I stayed for the next 6 days.
I had lost 10 pounds in 5 days.
My A1c was 10.7%.
A week later, it was confirmed that I have Type 1 Diabetes.
I was very close to falling into a coma.
I almost died.
It was scary.
Yes, I cried.
Then, I decided to stop pouting and just deal with it.
I went from scared of needles to giving myself shots 4X a day.
I decided that I would not let this define me.
I would not stop running .
So, I have Diabetes and will take insulin for the rest of my life...
It could be worse...I could be dead.
This is my new normal - And I'm OK with that.
I hope you click on over to keep up with my journey, travels, recipes and my life in the Caribbean!