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Dioni - Diabetes Australia
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Dioni Pinilla

I was 24 when I diagnosed I am now 25. In May this year (2010) I started to feel very tired and exhausted for no apparent reason. I decided to go to the doctors and see what was going on with my body and why I was feeling this way. The first doctor I saw told me it was nothing and not to worry about it. I felt very unsatisfied from his diagnosis and the next day I saw another doctor for a second opinion. I went into the doctors office still feeling odd. The doctor asked me what is the problem and I told him all my symptoms etc... He examined my neck and underarms and said nothing is wrong with me and it could just be a slight chest infection. I was still not happy with this and asked him for a blood test. Feeling unsatisfied again, I decided to see another doctor when my test results were in. The doctor explained to me that my blood glucose levels was unusually high and that I was probably diabetic. (Finally some answers!) 3 days later I did a blood glucose test where I had to have a blood test, go sit down drink glucose water, wait 2 hours and then another blood test to get the proper results. I was told to come back in 4 days and the results will be in. I came back 4 days later and the doctor told me that it is confirmed I have type 2 diabetes but will need to do further test. We discussed how I'm in perfect health, perfect BMI etc... but unfortunately diabetes is in my family which is probably the main course of it. The doctor gave me a referral to a endocrinologist who will investigate my diabetes further and help me with managing it. It was now April. I rang the endocrinologist and made an appointment for June as there was no sooner available appointments I had to wait 2 months!!! June came quick and I went to my appointment with the endocrinologist. He discussed what was going on with my body, what I can do to manage it and my family history. He was unable to confirm if I was type 1 or type 2 and gave me a referral to get more blood test done to confirm this. He also made an appointment for me with a diabetes educator. I went to the diabetes educator appointment and he discussed type 1 and type 2 to me further and what he thinks a I should do to manage my diabetes. He gave me a diabetes Monitoring system and showed me how to use it. He also told me that I will need to check my blood twice a day and record it in a diabetes record book. We then discussed medication and he told me if my levels continue to be high I will be given tablets and then insulin injections 2 to 4 times a day.