Pincushion, my new reality

Waking up to the realization that I will be taking daily injections, prick my finger 4-6 times a day, use a BG meter to check, Ketones stick,  and 32 gage syringes and keep vial of insulin with me at work, was not my idea of a Happy Birthday.

So off to Oschner medical center with my mother I go to find about this newly diagnosed disease I have and how to get rid of it. I was in for a rude awakening. Diabetes, depending on your type, is non-reversible. First step was to figure out how in the hell I got this. We met with Dr Amelia Basa, who took my initial information, stats, weight and the like.  Oh yes, forgot … so the original reason I went was to have a physical. It was because I went from a healthy size 12 to a very skinny size 0/2 based on Banana Republic sizes in a matter of months. I had a voracious appetite, extremely thirsty and had to pee all the time. My vision was getting ify, I felt hormonal all the time, which later turned about to be irritability due to chemical changes in my body. Also just 2 days before, I came home from work at 530 pm one to lay down and did not wake up til the next day for work. My mother, for obvious reasons, freaked out and commands me to make an appointment. So I did… glad I did but shit, I got a gut punch

 

After all the initial tests….they said I was a type 2 diabetic, based on my age. I was almost 30, how can I become diabetic at this age. There were no family indicators, no where. So my gross introduction for a new life, the give me metformin (glucophage) to control my blood sugar levels, test 4-5 times and day and exercise for 30 mins a day. Yea, that did not work. So back to Ochsner I go.  This time, I met the esteemed Dr Vivian Fonseca. He took one look at my information and said we need to retest. these results, your history and your levels are not responding to the medication. So off to the lab I go, for a c-peptide test to measure how much insulin is being produced or not.

The results were in.. I am delifnelty a Type 1 diabetic. I suffer from hyperglycemia, an abnormally high blood glucose (blood sugar) level in the blood. Severely elevated glucose levels can result in a medical emergency like diabetic ketoacidosis(DKA) or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS, also referred to as hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state). Which in my case, I was in before when the nurse called and wanted me admitted. The nurses and doctors feed me with a plethora of information like, “Normal ranges for blood glucose  in general like a fasting (early a.m. before breakfast) glucose level is considered normal if it is between 70-100 mg/dL. Glucose levels may rise slightly above this range following a meal. Random blood glucose measurements are usually lower than 125 mg/dL”, however since being diagnosed some 15 year ago, those number have shifted and are lower, to ensure the health of the patient and lower the risk of overall health concerns.

hyperglycemia-s1a-facts

Severely elevated blood sugar levels can result in a medical emergency (“diabetic coma“). This can occur in both people with type 1 and those with type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes may develop diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and those with type 2 diabetes can develop hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS, also referred to as hyperglycemi hyperosmolar state). These so-called hyperglycemia crises are serious conditions that can be life threatening if not treated immediately. Hyperglycemic crises cause about 2,400 deaths each year in the U.S.

Over time, hyperglycemia can lead to damage to organs and tissues. Long-term hyperglycemia can impair the immune response, leading to poor healing of cuts and wounds. It can also cause nerve damage, vision problems, and damage to the blood vessels and kidneys.

So for now, a pincushion I have become. My fingers hurt, they are black and blue and I still done know why this is my new life.

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