Here is my story on how I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult:
July 6, 2015 . . . it’s the day that my life changed forever. It’s the day that I now like to call my birthday.
It all began with what I thought was a stomach virus on July 4th. I was on the couch all day. The next day was a Sunday and just as anyone recovering from a virus, I was weak, but feeling better. We went to a nearby park for the afternoon. My son was playing on the playground and fell from the fireman’s pole, fracturing his leg in two places.
After leaving the hospital we had to get pain medication and when we arrived back at home, I was sick all over again. I vaguely remember falling asleep on the bathroom floor. Monday morning came and again I was weak, but feeling some better. My husband had to go for a meeting and my mother came to stay with us, mostly to care for my son.
The symptoms were just the same. I thought maybe I was dehydrated and began drinking Gatorade, and lots of it. It was just after lunch when I lost control of myself. I was dizzy, confused, lethargic and completely out of my mind. I could not catch my breath. I somehow got back in the bed when my mom found me and called for an ambulance.
I knew nothing. Not even enough to know that I was in serious danger.
At the age of 39… Who would have ever thought that I would be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as an adult? I spent the next week in ICU being treated for diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA. If it wasn’t for my son’s broken leg, my mother probably would not have been at our house. Today, I’m grateful for both.
I was on numerous shots for the first 4 months. My body went into a chemical imbalance and then I fell into depression. I could not eat or sleep. I was nauseous. My legs ached and I could not function on a daily routine. I was losing weight. I would pray each day just to get me to bedtime and at bedtime pray just to wake up the next morning.
It was horrible. The worst feeling in the world. It was on my September 2015 visit to the endocrinologist that she realized I would not make it without the insulin pump. I’m currently using an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor.
Oh, how I am so thankful for so many things. I am thankful for broken bones. Without that I may not be here today. It was through those life events that called out for help on the day that I would need it the most. I am thankful for the Lord above that knew that I would be needed for so much more. I am thankful for a family that loves me and has fought this battle every step of the way beside me. I am thankful for every day that I’m alive.