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Matthew - Diabetes Australia
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G'day everyone, I got diagnosed with type one diabetes around June this year, though I believe I had it for 4 months or so before being bothered to go to the Doctor. I come from a family where you would be considered a wimp if you where to even so much as complain about being sick or tired, ill etc. You are expected to neck up and get on with it. Because of this, there was a long delay before I saw a doctor...I actually didn't even have a GP and probably hadn't been to a hospital or doctor for 15 years or was by pure fluke that my boss at work noticed a change in my personality and work ethic and encouraged me to go see her doctor. Luckily she had an appointment booked and swapped with me so I could get a check up. Sure enough within 1 minute of explaining my symptoms (extreme chronic fatigue, drinking a ridiculous amount of water, ridiculous hunger, bad temper, chronic rage and 12 kilo weight loss in 3 weeks) I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I believe at the time my blood sugar was around 35 and ketones were very high also...sure enough the next minute i was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital...great fun if you ask me! Actually it was quite nice to get pampered and looked after by a huge team of nurses, not too mention 2 weeks off work (booya!) Plus, the blonde x ray nurse at Nambour general is smokin' hot! Anyway, the hardest part of having diabetes is that no one knows what its all about, except for diabetics. Its a crap disease because its not serious enough that people have sympathy for you, yet it is serious enough that it could cause some serious complications - whether that be long term from being hyperglycaemic or short term from passing out from a hypo induced coma... It really is a huge pain in the arse and you will be devvoed about it for the first month or so. After that you will probably go through a denial faze and stop injecting insulin and start drinking, eating and smoking, etc etc... I find it regularly creates frustration when studying for temper is extremely short...I actually thought I may have even been bipolar before i knew I was diabetic. It is also hard to manage blood sugar levels...most of the time i get paranoid about being hyper, and end up injecting to much insulin, only to get a brutal hypo and end up eating alot to counter act the hypo...only to become hyper again! Then I have another shot and the cycle starts over again. The easiest way for me to manage diabetes is to avoid eating all together, then when the hypo comes i enjoy a delicious lolly to bring me back up again... All the advice from diabetes clinics and so fourth is really only useful for a doesnt really apply to everyday normal life.... Thats all I got time for THanks