I have been suffering from this disease since I was just 10 years old.
I would like to express how difficult it is to live with Type 1 Diabetes. In no way can I say I have good control, but in order to gain better control of one’s sugar level, you must learn, and understand other people’s experiences. I try to avoid high and low blood sugars, but that is not always the case! I am just a typical diabetic, and I am just trying to make it through another normal day.
In 1998, I went to the doctor for my 5th grade check-up. Shortly after talking to him, my doctor told my parents that my blood sugar level was slightly elevated, and advised my parents to take me to eat some sugar and then go to the emergency room. After being admitted, it was discovered that my blood sugar level was 630 mg/dL. From then on, I was told, I would have to take insulin shots multiple times per day, and check my blood sugar before each meal. I was hospitalized for two weeks, and was given the training I would need for the rest of my life! The doctors at the hospital would not allow me to be discharged until both my parents gave me a shot of insulin — and since then, that has been the first, and only, shot either of them have given me!
In 2001, I began to participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, and created my own team called “Calla’s Crusaders.” Our goal is to raise money for funding the advancements in medical reseach for Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes and to hopefully, one day, find a cure!
In 2006, I started on the OmniPod Insulin Pump. It was, and still currently is, the only insulin pump without any tubes or wireing. My insulin pump gives me some freedom, and I no longer need to take 6 shots per day! Now, I only need to change the OmniPod every 3 days, unless I accidently rip it off. The pump itself is attached to my body, with a small tube that is constantly giving me insulin. I bolus, or give myself a boost of insulin, each time before I eat in order to avoid a high blood sugar. If I don’t eat or snack regularly, I get low blood sugars.
In 2012, I started using the Dexcom Continuous Gluclose Monitor (CGM). It looks like a beeper, but shows you a graph of where your blood sugars have been, where they are approximately at now, and in which direction they are headed. I wear a small sensor on a fatty stomach area that gets changed every 7 days. Dexcom CGM has woken me (and my fiancé) up numerous times throughout the night, and has become quite the little lifesaver. It has helped me avoid many low blood sugars throughout the night.
My husband is a great big part of my life, and has helped me to gain better control of my diabetes. He wakes me up every morning to make sure I check my blood sugars, and is on top of my case when I eat things I shouldn’t be eating. In this blog, you may see me refer to him as my boyfriend or fiancé (as of 5/28/13), but that is simply because that particular post was before we were married (as of 8/8/14). It is the same guy, I swear!
If you would like to participate in raising Diabetes awareness, or join in my efforts to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me! I would also love to hear your stories in managing Type 1 Diabetes.