Today is World Diabetes Day so I thought I would share my diagnosis story.
On the 21st of February this year I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which is an autoimmune disease. It came as quite a shock.
I had been feeling unwell for a few months and was suffering from extreme headaches, blurred vision and was constantly tired so I finally went to the doctors. They ran blood tests, sent me to the opticians and even booked for me to have a CT scan. They didn’t suspect type 1 diabetes.
After one lot of bloods came back with some markers flagged they sent me to have repeat blood tests done.
Then on the morning of the 21st of February we got a phone call from the doctors, my mum answered it. They said I needed to come in urgently because they think I have type 1 diabetes.
When my mum got off the phone she came up to my room and told me. I cried and said I wasnt going to the doctors and that I didnt care.
My mum called my dad and got him to come home from work so we could all go to the doctors together.
At the doctors they do a finger prick test and my blood sugar was 19.4mmol. They sent me straight to A&E. I decided to take my dad with me as he is a type 1 diabetic and was best placed to help.
After sitting in A&E for hours I was finally seen by the diabetes team. They bombarded me with information and gave me my insulin pens, needles, insulin, blood glucoes meter a ketone metre and some test strips. It was daunting.
It was my 21st birthday the next day and as I was going to London my family were meant to come over that day to give me my presents but that had to be cancelled.
Doing my first injection and blood test was so scary but I did it. I dont think it had really hit me at that point that I would be doing this for the rest of my life. 5 injections at least a day, everyday.
8 months on its easier. But when it’s a bad day it leaves me feeling rough as hell.
Days out are hard to manage because it’s out of routine and my insulin needs change with what I’m doing.
I’m still trying to get the hang of it. It is very much trial and error, sometimes you get it spot on, others you get it horribly wrong.
Everyday is a learning curve.
If you think you may have syptoms of T1D please go to your doctors as it’s so serious and needs diagnosing if you have it!