Hello. I am Sydney Endsley and I have type one diabetes. I was diagnosed on September 2, 2011. Diabetes has been a life-changing experiance for me. This disease has made me stronger and I love that. Last summer, we purchased the Omnipod. The Omnipod has helped me so much. My blood sugars are almost always in range, and my A1C is starting to drop. The pump is water proof, too.
I would like to explain what diabetics go through every day. Well, I'll explain my routine. I used to be on injections. I recieved around 5 shots every day. For those who are afraid of needles: I used to be terrified of shots. I would cry every time I went to the doctor. Now, I just have to deal with it. It keeps me alive, so I will face that fear. I also check my blood sugar 10 or more times a day. My blood sugar range is between 70-150. Below 70 is a low blood sugar. Above 150 is a high blood sugar. Above 250 is a horrible reading. Low blood sugars are very dangerous. The lowest I have ever been was 30. That was awful. I have had one seizure, that was last summer. I have had two or maybe more early stage seizures that we could fix. When I am low, I am pale, tired, weak, dizzy, and can not concentrate at all. When I am high, I am sweaty, sick, thirsty, and also can not concentrate. A severe high blood sugar can give me keytones. If I have keytones, it makes me sick. I am normally dehydrated too. If the keytones get worse, it could put me in a diabetic coma.
Diabetes is very dangerous. I have learned to make it my friend because if I fight with it, that could kill me. Even though I'm a diabetic, I can do anything you can do. (Besides making insulin, obviously) I currently participate in musicals at my high school, I play the piano, I sing all the time, I play trombone in band, and I play tennis. I can do anything I set my mind to, I just need to watch my blood sugars!