am a 34 year old, Type 2 Diabetic.
I had lost approximately 25lbs
just under a two-year period by watching what I was eating and incorporating
a lot of water. Not realizing that the increased thirst symptoms
were really Diabetes. In May of 1999, during a routine gyno exam,
by doctor asked me if I knew that I had an irregular heart beat.
I have had annual exams/check-ups for the last 7 years with my primary
doctor, and never once did the issue come up. In any event, she
indicated that she was sure that it wasn't anything serious, but
that I should get it checked out. Of course, next morning, I was
on the phone with my primary, demanding an emergency visit. During
the examination, I had an EKG done; which did show an extra skip
in my heart, but nothing to be alarmed by (ironically, during a
recent exam, I no longer have the skip). I also had blood work done.
Two days later.. just after
my 32nd birthday... I received a phone call from my doctor. The
conversation went like this...
"Hello, Christine, this
is Dr* your blood results are in... you have Diabetes... I need
to see you.. how soon can you make it?"
Needless to say, my mouth dropped
to the floor. My inital BG was 356mg/dL (19.8mmol/L). Initially,
my family took the news much worse than I did ... can you say denial?
My brother-in-law is a Diabetic, Type 1, and they see what he goes
through and only thought of what I would have to endure. Then the
My primary physician started
me on Glucophage 500ml (2x) and Glipizide 5ml (1x); however, after
a few months had passed, no change had occured in my BGs. My medication
was increased to Glucophage 1000 (2x), Glipizide 5ml (2x) and a
third agent, Prandin 1ml (3x). I had never had to take so much medication
at one time. Time had passed... still not seeing any drastic results
with the medication - BGs were still too high. What didn't help
is that I didn't receive any counselling whatsoever until recently.
In January 2002, I demanded
that my primary physician refer me to an endocrinologist. Immediately
after my first appointment, I was provided with appointments for
classes for diabetes education and a nutritionist. Why didn't I
receive this information when I was initally diagnosed? I couldn't
tell you. Most of the education/information I learned, was from
my own research (via internet/family/friends). I have a twin sister
whose husband is also a Diabetic (Type 1), so she was very helpful.
I was very upset over the lack
of attention I received. Today, it's a different story. I started
insulin injections in February 2002; to which I am still adjusting
to the whole shot thing, and counting carbs. My Mom told me that
I could also go as a pin cushion for Halloween.... But through the
support and care from St. Peter's Diabetes Care & Control Center
in New Brunswick, NJ, I am confident that I am finally on my way
to better control of this disease. Thank God I have a sense of humor.
I am a true believer of everything happening for a reason. Just
taking it day by day and realizing what my true priorities are....
life is too short!