I think this is mostly a reintroduction, as I've technically been a member here for some time now.
My name is Elin. I'm a 25 year old type 1 from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was diagnosed seven years ago at the age of 18 when I stumbled into a hospital emergency room barely able to breathe and in severe DKA. My presenting blood glucose level was over 750!
The first few years with this disease were surprisingly easy for me. I was careful with my diet and controlled my sugars with MDI on Lantus and Novolog. I had an average A1C of 5.4 (such a dream, right?).
Then, after an awful breakup, something snapped in my head and I fell prey to dealing with diabulimia, which involved me compulsively denying myself insulin and attempting to eat solely sugars and carbs, as the sugars and carbs wouldn't be processed and I would lose weight. With this eating disorder, even though I knew I needed to take insulin, something in my mind simply couldn't. I felt sick all of the time. If I tested my sugars, it would always come back as simply HIGH and unable to give an exact number. My last A1C during that time was 13.8.
And that brings us to now. I don't just need to be healthier, but I want to be healthier and I'm ready. I've engaged in counseling to manage the psychiatric side and I've put the Omnipod back on my body. My blood sugars now range from 70 to 300. Not perfect by any stretch - but definitely miles better. I'm still trying to figure out what my ideal sliding scale is and how my body reacts to carb intake, if you have any tips, please let me know!
So, hi there. Thanks for reading.
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