Its funny how you think you know the direction in which your life is going, then out of no where life changes fast!
Thank you to all who have sent me e-mails wondering where I have been. I apologize for not being around much to reciprocate, I promise to do better real soon.
Many of you know that my life revolves around a healthy lifestyle, I woudn't have this any other way! But something happened to change my life forever, this will be my new challenge for the rest of my life.
I'm not really sure when I started seeing the signs, around the holidays I started feeling really tired all the time. I convinced myself that it was just a busy time of year and it was normal to feel this way. In addition, I was thirsty all the time.
Since my energy level was down my workouts began to suffer, I no longer had the endurance to workout 6 days a week. I began walking more instead of using weights. I began to lose weight, I still did not worry to much, a few pounds would be okay.
Suddenly, I started giving into sugar cravings, I needed energy fast so I would seek out sugar to get it. Those who know me thought I had lost my mind! Since when is it okay to have snacks like this in the house....I would drink orange juice like it was going out of style.
A casual shopping trip revealed the problem, the pharmacy was offering free blood glucose testing. What that little strip revealed was a little disturbing....mine was over 400! I was advised to contact my doctor. Since the doctors office was closed, my sister-in-law who is a nurse told me to go straight to the hospital.
I don't do well with hospitals, I was reluctant but I did what I was told. Upon my arrival, my levels had gone up to almost 500! I was "DKA" as in Diabetic Ketoacidosis! What? I am not a diabetic? I guess I didn't really understand the seriousness in all of this, just give me what I need so I can go home.....But I was informed "your not going home anytime soon"!
The diagnosis, type I Diabetes! This is insane, it doesn't make any sense and nobody really knows why this happens. But I now must get used to the fact that I will now depend on insulin for the rest of my life. With every meal and at bedtime.
One thing I know for sure, is that I have much to learn about Diabetes. The staff at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River is dedicated to educating the public and The Diabetes Association in Fall River has been a great resource of information.
I would love to hear from anyone who has a story to share or information that will be helpful.I am determined not to let Diabetes control my life, the challenge for me will be to control my Diabetes and get myself back into balance! :)