Another year has passed and it included a great milestone. October 1st was the fifth year anniversary of my diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes. Being diagnosed at a very young age, I didn?t know what to expect. I thought my diabetes would go away after a while, and that I?d return to ormal. What I didn't know was that diabetes is a disease, with no cure, so it would always be ?mi compadre?.
Throughout these years, I have learned to cope with my diabetes and treat it with respect, so it will treat ME with respect. Some days, I face a grueling challenge trying to control it. For example, in 2010, my blood sugars were over 500. I had to take a trip to the ICU, and my veins were so thin they had to stick me multiple times trying to pinpoint my veins for the IV. My body was breaking down, but soon enough, we got everything under control.
Being diabetic, the days that go by are more methodical than ?normies? days. Along with making a checklist for homework, you also have a mental checklist for your diabetes. For instance, mine goes something like ?Wake up, check, eat, take insulin; before lunch: check, insulin, eat; at home: check, check, dinner, insulin, check, bed.? It?s a very daily routine for me and other diabetics.
Being diabetic means that the supply of insulin your pancreas generates for food shuts down. A virus attacks the pancreas, cutting off the insulin-producing mechanism. The insulin intertwines into your body once you eat food, and it balances off your blood sugar, always keeping the level around 80-120. So, every time I eat, I have to enter the amount of carbohydrates into my pump, which is attached to two tubes; a long one from my pump to my site, and a very short one on the site inside my body.
The annual 'JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes' is a 5k (3 miles) raises money to help find a cure for diabetes. Thousands of people attend, which hundreds of thousands of dollars research funds are raised. This year, the walk is on Saturday, November 3rd. My walk team, Abbie's Army, has marched for four years and counting. We hope you can help the cause and walk with us if you can.
Everyone is welcome!
|Denotes a Team Captain|