My name is Maria, im 16 years old and a type 1 diabetic.
I am new to this website, so i do not know much about it or how to use it very well.
I was diagnosed in February of 2010. It was a horrible expirience at first. I was in the 7th grade and became very ill. I began to have excessive thirst, frequent urination and i lost alot of weight. I was very petite and skinny, averaging between 95-98 Lbs, i now weighed 80 Lbs. I began to become very pale, and had a huge loss of energy. My parents did not know what was wrong. My dad would buy me Icee's from 7 Eleven to make me feel better but i would just vomit. Which made my mom think i was making my self vomit and that i was anorexic, which i was not. I had already missed 2 weeks of school. It was a Monday morning and my dad had told me i had to go to school, i cried and layed on the floor begging him to not make me go. He than picked me up and drove me to school. Unfortunetly there was no school that Monday, but the school councelor was there so she met with my dad and I. She started to tell me i must just have anxiety and that it was okay, but i knew it was not anxiety. I attended school the next day and had no energy what so ever to walk to each of my classes, it was horrible.
That same night when my mom got home from work i was laying on the floor in the fetal position, crying because my stomach hurt so bad. She then decided to take me to urgent care, where i was admitted, and got taken by ambulance to Emanuel Childrens Hospital. I was told my sugar had been 1,700, something close to that number. I was in the hospital for 4 days. An IV in one arm and having blood drawn every hour, from my other arm.
When i was released from the hospital i took really good care of my diabetes. My sugars were right on track and when i had my A1C checked it was 7.
2 years later and i have gotten quit careless about checking my sugars 4 times a day and taking my shot when i am supposed too. I know all the long and short term affects of not taking care of myself, but it just doesnt seem to make a difference. I have gone to 2 appointments for my diabetes, just regular check up appointments and both times my A1C has been 14. Which is like a newly diagnosed diabetic. I had an appointment yesterday the 19th and my A1C has since then gone down to 12.5, still pretty high but better than 14!
I use syringes to take my shots, taking 4 shots a day. I take Humalog and Lantus. I would normally take my shot in my stomach, but because of the weight gain it makes me not want to take my shots. I am now looking in to getting a pump, in the hopes that it helps me keep my sugars on check and helps me take my medicine when supposed too.
Well thats all for now(:
I look forward to hearing from you all.