hello there

By zeitghost Latest Reply 2011-12-20 15:59:10 -0600
Started 2011-12-17 15:25:57 -0600

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.

8 replies

John Crowley
John Crowley 2011-12-20 15:59:10 -0600 Report

Elin, first of all congratulations on making the choice to be healthy. And thanks for your honesty about where you've been. We're definitely here to help you through this.

I think the best advice I have about finding your right ratios is to let your meter tell you. It can be a bit of a pain but keeping a diligent food and BG journal for a couple of weeks will make a huge difference. You'll be able to see what foods are causing you trouble as well as what parts of the day you're having the most highs or lows.

And always remember, when you get a very unexpected result on your meter, it could be a mistake in your carb count, a mistake in math/putting the right info into your pump, or it could be something completely unrelated like stress or an infection of some kind. So part of what I'm saying is this is not an exact science. Any one high or low may not mean anything on its own. But when you test consistently and keep track of your food consistently, you'll start to see clear patterns emerge. That's what you can act on. And of course, always consult with your doctor if you're making changes.

Best of luck. Keep at it. And remember we're here to support you.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 08:19:36 -0600 Report

Welcome back!!
Sounds like you are on the right track! Reaching out for help is a biggie. I can't imagine how hard it is for you with D and an eating disorder. I'm glad you are in counseling, that has to be a great help. And you know you can come here for any kind of support we can offer.
Do ;they have you keeping a journal? I found that to be one of my biggest strengths in getting my D under control. I know my situation is not the same, but the principle is. Just a thought.
Try and make sure you get enough proteins so your body can grow and heal. And drink plenty of water. I hope you get all the help and support you need. Remember, we are all here for you! Keep in touch!!
Have a Blessed Holiday!
p.s. I'm in Michigan also! Do you know where Lapeer is? Ever hear of it?

RAYT721 2011-12-18 19:09:13 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome to Diabetic Connect. If there is anything that I can do or say, let me know. I am always willing to lend an ear or shoulder to anyone, anytime.

Young1s 2011-12-17 17:56:13 -0600 Report

Nice to meet you and welcome back. I'm glad you;re turning your focus back on yourself in a more healthy way. You've done this before, you can do it again. It'll be like riding a bike again after years being off one. A little wobbly at first, but eventually you remember how to balance and pedal at the same time. I hope things go just as smooth for you this second time around. Be blessed.

jimmyjames43 2011-12-17 16:26:55 -0600 Report

You need to see a diet counsler,I eat low carbs,low fat and lots of veggies and salad and lean protien,I am on Lantus and novolog and metformin, Drink lots of water,I have 2 cups of coffee in the am,maybe one or two diet sodas throught the day,caffiene spikes my blood sugar a bit so I have to be careful.just had my A1c I am finally at 5.9, good luck,best wishes

zeitghost 2011-12-17 16:35:36 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply! I now eat very similarly to what you just described. I've always been aware of what I need to do, but the eating disorder doesn't always let you be in control! Luckily, talking to therapists has let me take that control back. Your A1c is fabulous, congratulations.

Caroltoo 2011-12-17 15:40:14 -0600 Report

Welcome back, Elin. That is quite a story. I used to work with eating disordered sexual assault victims. Have to admit you found one, diabulimia, that I was unaware of. I understand from the name, what you are talking about. I'm just surprised and fascinated. Thanks for sharing and I hope this time around your desire to heal and be healthy is for YOU and you will stay with us.