I'm a typical "Adult". I work as a Recreation Therapy Director, and CNA at a Retirement Community. I LOVE my Grandfriends! They are super sweet and I love playing and having fun with them.
A lot of people don't realize that Type 1 Diabetes is a complicated and hard to disease to live with everyday, because I look "Normal".
The truth is.... Everyday is a battle! A juggling act of trying to keep my numbers where they belong. People don't see my "Diabetic Friends" that help me make it through everyday.
|Pumpsley (Insulin Pump)|
|Lola and Vlad the Impaler Blood Sugar Meter & Poker|
|Ping (Controller for Pumpsley)|
They are my lifeline!
|TYPE 1 is. . . . . . . . .|
*Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease!
*Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar or any other foods.
*There is nothing you could have done to prevent yourself from getting diabetes.
It was something that was going to happen anyway.
*You cannot grow out of type 1 diabetes.
*It does not change to type 2 diabetes as you get older.
*If I exercise it's not going to go away!
WITHOUT INSULIN I WILL DIE! Insulin is not a CURE it is a life support!
It means wearing an infusion site in my body everyday! It gets changed out every 2 days. I have a hard time with the soft plastic catheters, so the infusion sets I wear means there is a needle inside you all the time!
|This is NOT my tummy, I wish!|
Yes it hurts sometimes!
I also wear a similar devise for my Dexcom!
I still have to poke my fingers 4-7 times a day with is better than 8-15 times before Dexter!
I have to wear oxygen at night because I have pulmonary hypertension.
My oxygen stats drop REALLY low without it
When my numbers are off, I feel sick, and yucky! I just want to sleep!
I feel yucky sometimes EVEN when my numbers are fine.
Diabetes NEVER takes a vacation!
Diabetes NEVER sleeps, and sometimes it doesn't let me either! A bad night can honestly mean the difference of life and death!
Diabetes makes Holidays, Birthdays, and Parties VERY difficult!
Diabetes HURTS the people I care most about! My family! They have to watch and worry knowing there is nothing they can do!
|Some of my family (There's 11 of us!)|
Diabetes is killing my Poppy! I love my dad so much, and all my Grandparents have died. Three were type 1 diabetics and died from complications of diabetes including, Diabetic Coma, and Kidney, Liver failure. I never got to know them. They were in their early 50's when they died. I miss them. My dad suffers everyday and I worry that any day I could loose him.
|Poppy and Mum|
BUT. . . . .
I have wonderful friends and family! They are my support, and they help keep me strong!
So. . . . . .
I will have fun!
I will LOVE with all my heart!
I will LOVE every beauty, every wonder, and anything precious!
I will see life for what it is. . . . . WONDERFUL!!
DIABETES WILL NOT WIN!!