When & How did you find out you were Diabetic?

Grumpy0308
By Grumpy0308 Latest Reply 2013-06-20 14:14:32 -0500
Started 2012-05-20 11:25:01 -0500

I was a 3rd grader in 1974 I woke up one morning with the leg cramps that I’d been experiencing, and ignoring, for months. Rushed to the doctor's office by my mother, we soon discovered my blood sugar was 750. My doctor informed us I was two weeks away from lapsing into a coma. The official diagnosis: type 1 diabetes.

I returned to school a week later, shocked, in denial and loaded with vials of insulin and syringes. A half-size refrigerator moved in like a third roommate. My affair with diabetes began badly, but over the years diabetes has gone from 'uninvited guest' to just a part of who I am. For over the years, in moving from denial to acceptance, I learned how to live with it, and I do that well now.

In many ways diabetes keeps me far healthier than I would be otherwise. It has improved my diet and weight over the years and some would say my daily walking reflects a man possessed. Also, getting married for the first time at 48, my motivation to hang around for the long haul – and in good shape – surged.


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bayou girl
bayou girl 2013-06-20 14:14:32 -0500 Report

It was in october 1996, the year i made 40, what a great birthday present, i found out 2 days before my 40th birthday. we were campers til the kids got to old, and not in tents, we had a 35ft trailer, it was usually my mom, myself and my 2 kids, and my 2 sisters and 1 nephew, summer of 1996 we were planning a disney trip for thanksgiving that year, all summer long i was not feeling myself. drinking water a lot more than i normally did, then of course bathroom, and then feeling really tired at work and that never happened to me before and always a dry mouth. I thought it was my alergies and meds for that, my mom is 1 of 8 and is the baby and the only one that did not have diabetes, anyway, she kept telling me go to the dr. that she thought i had diabetes, i just kept thinking, not me, i don't even like candy, never was a sweet tooth, well i decided to go to dr. late september, he ran test, for a couple of weeks, then he decided to do bloodwork, i got a call from him on like the 26th or 27 of october, he said, "did anyone ever tell you that you have diabetes"?? i said no, cause i had never seen any dr. but my baby dr since i was 12 years old. I almost passed out, my sugars was 345, i had to go in the next morning, he wanted to do a glucose test, but when he pricked my finger, it was 350, started me on meds right a way, and now have been for 17 years,

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-05-23 09:49:07 -0500 Report

It was in August, 1976. I had been separated from my 1st husband for about 5 months and was working in a stressful job as a customer rep supervisor. I started urinating frequently to the point that, at night, I was getting up every 5 or 10 minutes. I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. I suspected what I had when I made my appointment with the doctor who put me through a glucose tolerance test which confirmed the diagnosis. (My Dad had diabetes and had literature explaining the warning signs.) Within a month, I was on insulin. That was nearly 36 years ago! I started on a pump last August and am sorry I didn't make the move to pumping sooner. We've come a long way since the 1950's when Dad was treating his diabetes.

CandzG
CandzG 2012-05-23 09:20:09 -0500 Report

I guess I never really "found out" for sure…I just thought that this was how everyone in the world had to live like. I was diagnose with Type 1 diabetes when I was 18 months old, so this story is based on what my mum has told me; I don't recall any of it at all.

Before I was diagnosed, my mum didn't know anything about the disease and whenever I drank a lot of water or asked for more food because I was hungry, she'd scold me pretty badly. When I was 18 months old, my mum put me to sleep because she wanted to watch a movie, and when she came in awhile later, I was hardly conscious and the only thing I was mumbling was: "mama…mama". That's when she knew something was seriously wrong. We were in Shanghai back then (1998) and so my parents rushed me to the nearest hospital and they didn't know what my problem was at first. So they put me on a glucose drip (that tube thing that sends glucose into your body via a needle), and that just made my situation worse. After awhile, my mum reported that I didn't seem to be getting better, and fortunately there was ONE diabetic doctor still working there (it was after working hours) and she immediately changed it to a salt (NaOH) drip. My blood sugar was 35 (it seems the West uses a different BG measurement here so idk how to convert that). She saved me by injecting insulin and since then, I've never known how it feels like to live a single day without injecting at least once.

I feel that diabetes has actually made me much more responsible in life: for my school grades, my family, etc. It has really taught me that human life is so vulnerable, and we really have to live like it's our last day because we never know when it will be. I'm thankful that I have this disease because the teenagers who don't have life-threatening diseases just think that they're set for life: their parents will pay for everything and they can just attend as many rave parties as they like. But when I get to the end of my life, I'll look back and know that I've lived my life the best way I can, even if it is shorter than everyone else's.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2012-05-22 13:54:07 -0500 Report

Congrats on your marriage. Being loved does all kinds of good things for ones moral and feeling like life is worth grabbing by the horns. I am glad you found that and have plans for a long life.

I was sick with a wicked respiratory infection. I ached, my head, throat, ears and lungs were all infected. I coughed up crud out of my lungs. I went to Walgreen's Take Care Clinic out of convenience and got a no nothing drug of Ampicillin. After a week it did not work at all. I called my regular doctor who I had not seen in 2 years. They brought me in and did a panel scan of blood work. It showed up. My sugar was around 380, Vitamin D 12, Triglycerides 1051. I had work to do.

That was 15 months ago. Its been a roller coaster ride since.

2manypricks
2manypricks 2012-05-22 11:30:19 -0500 Report

2005 pregnant with my 2nd child. I was 3 months preggo and my fasting was 280…yikes!!! After i gave birth it never went away. So goodbye sugar goodbye pork i will not miss you at all!! I can eat anywhere and if i do pig out on stuff i shouldnt i run on my treadmill. Its tough but its all in how you see it and you want to feel Blessings to all of you out there<3

femaletrucker
femaletrucker 2012-05-22 08:39:09 -0500 Report

I was in my truck, and thought I had a bladder infection. It basically had the same symptoms, even blood in the urine. So I looked for an immediate med place since I thought I knew my problem. Yea, what a shock I got. Come to find out, my high sugar caused all the symptoms in the urine (256 and A1C was 8.4). The drained me of blood, ran a bunch of tests, and I found out my kidney was dehydrated and I was diabetic. Of course she gave me a prescription for Metformin and I went to get the pills at Walmart. After the first three I said no more!! Im changing this myself with diet and exercise. This morning I measured 117 on an empty stomache after a little over a month. Im blessed that it was caught in time and I don't have to take insulin. But I do have Acute Pancreatitis, so I don't know what my pancreas will do to me over the long run. Im keeping my fingers crossed.

Grumpy0308
Grumpy0308 2012-05-22 11:15:21 -0500 Report

I have a friend who had the same symptoms, he was running to the bathroom every 10 mins, rapid weight lost. I explained to him he had the symptoms of a diegetic. He laughed me and said I thought I knew it all just cause I was a diegetic since the age of 10. Two days later I get a phone call from his girlfriend and said he was in ICU and they diagnose him with Type 1. Just keep up what you are doing and I'm sure you will win that fight. Good Luck and thank you for sharing.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-22 05:52:59 -0500 Report

August 17, 2011 is the magical date for me! Had been really tired and thirsty, to the point where I was like an alcoholic at WalMart one day paying for water and couldn't wait to drink it! I also was getting to where my vision was so blurry couldn't read road signs! Googled the symptoms, got checked at work by our RN I was at 480 BG ended up in emergency room over 500. They said I was type II, no dice 2 wks later after extensive tests T1. I was fortunate that in my perseverance to learn I found DC early on, so that is the true magical date for me!

Grumpy0308
Grumpy0308 2012-05-21 22:35:44 -0500 Report

Sounds like you have a good handle on your diabetes. It's also great to hear the lord blessed you with a son who is healthy. What brand of insulin do you use? I have Humulin-R and Lantus before bed.

rayfamily
rayfamily 2012-05-21 21:25:45 -0500 Report

My daughter was stillborn at 24 Weeks gestation. 2 Weeks later they called me back to the hospital because they forgot to check my blood sugar. my first A1C was almost 13%! Needless to say, I was put on insulin shortly after and have been on it for 12 years now. We were also blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy who just turned 11!

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2012-05-21 11:47:43 -0500 Report

I was 4 mos. pregnant with my daughter when I was DX'd. She had pushed down on my sciatic nerve with her fooot and caused my legs to collapse. My husband rushed me to the ER and they did some routine blood and urine tests to rule out anything medical. The tests came back with extremely high BS and keytones. The next day I went to see my OBGYN and she did an A1C test. It came back at 13.7! I was sent immediately to the hospital and was taught then to use insulin. I've been on it ever since. That was in 2001.

Grumpy0308
Grumpy0308 2012-05-21 16:44:05 -0500 Report

Wow! That was a high A1C count, was your daughter in any danger while this was going on? Last year my Glucose was over 1500, my whole body was shutting down. I was in ICU for 4 days, they had me on a constant drip of insulin. That has to be the most danger I've been in my 38 years.

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2012-05-22 12:18:53 -0500 Report

The biggest danger was that they were worried about her having a high birth weight and possibly being born prematurely. Fortunately I had a great OBGYN and she constantly monitored us. She was born 6 lbs, 14 oz. She did have some under-development issues at the time, mostly to do with her heart (holes, deformed valves, leaks in her aorta) but she is fine now and all has healed on their own over the years.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-21 11:56:31 -0500 Report

Wow that is quite an experience.

My ex had gestational diabetes with all 3 sons. And with each successive pregnancy the gestational diabetes came on earlier in the pregnancy (of course after the 1st pregnancy we were looking for it).

Fortunately for her the diabetes resolved after each pregnancy.

But since her mother had diabetes and she is about the age where her mother developed it, she may not be out of the woods yet regarding Diabetes. (I sincerely hope she is able to avoid it).

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2012-05-21 16:09:55 -0500 Report

Thanks Jay. My doctor was hoping that it was only gestational but I had been having the symptoms of diabetes for years before the offical DX'd. At least 10 years that I could remember. Oh well, it is was it is… :)

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-20 16:24:51 -0500 Report

I am type 2, and I suspected that I had Diabetes mellitus (DM) when I was thirsty all the time and needed to empty my bladder a lot. I had just gotten hired in NV as a Certified Nurse Assistant, and did a shift in a hospital ER department. Somehow I found test strips to check Blood Glucose in my urine in a supply room and I checked myself out. If I remember the reading correctly it was something like 300. This was in 1995. Neither I nor my little family had medical insurance until my wife (at that time) got a job at a casino which had medical benefits. Then I was officially Diagnosed with DM.

Even then with that Dx, I had little comprehension of what DM was all about and what it could and would do to me. I learned stuff by trial and error and it wasn't until I found DiabeticConnect I really started learning about DM. Unfortunately by then a lot of the damage was done as far as complications were concerned.

Now I want to help folks who come here all flustered and confused try to avoid what I now have to go through with regard to complications.

Blessings to you and yours Grumpy!

James Baker

Grumpy0308
Grumpy0308 2012-05-21 16:33:19 -0500 Report

I found this site by chance, guess it was a blessing, because only a diabetic knows how your feeling. Are you on a insulin regiment?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-05-21 16:42:23 -0500 Report

I had been on oral meds (beginning 1995), then on insulin (beginning Nov 2006) but now (since Feb 2011) I manage my DM with my meal plan and what exercise I get during the day.

Only a Person with diabetes "gets it" and knows kinda what you feel!