What's your story?

By diabeticredneck Latest Reply 2014-07-03 12:35:29 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 09:12:31 -0500

Hi. I'm Mykayla. I live in Wisconsin and have had diabetes for over 4 years now. I was diagnosed in 2010 in 6th grade. When i was diagnosed, my body was rejecting the insulin so my blood sugars were in the 900s for almost a week. When my blood sugars finally started coming down, i blacked out for 15 minutes and the doctors said my heart stopped pumping and i almost passed away. After that happened, the doctors told my parents that im not doing any better and that i have a week to live :( but after being in the hospital for about 2 months, i was released and now today, im a healthy normal 15 year old girl. I dont let people tell me what i can and can't do. I know my limits. Diabetes doesn't stop me from hunting, playing sports, running and being an almost 16 year old! What is your story?

9 replies

Rose67 2014-07-02 19:00:33 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in 2006, was on metformin, then to Byetta, and now insulin. I am type 2, was doing good on metformin until dyhria set in, Byetta really helped until I started to have eye pain. With insulin I have been up and down a lot. I have had 2 major surgeries, total knee replacement last year, which I still having a lot of problems with, and rotary cuff this year in March. Lifting my arm up is still in the working for me. Now I get the jitters a lot with high and low bs. I also am dealing with burning feet sensation. I have had 2 blood works done. No RA and the only thing that shows up is I am low in Frolic acid. Taking B complex for that. Dr. Took me off insulin to see if that was the culprit. I am still taking glimmerite. I watch my carbs carefully. And the burning sensation hits every time I eat, no matter what it is, and drink, even water. I finally get to sleep and wake up without burning sensation. It is mostly I left foot and sometimes it travels up my leg. My normal BS is high compared to others. I get real jittery when I fall below 100. No one has told me what to do when this happens, not even the nutritionist. I probably did the wrong thing. Now the jitters hit me a lot. Any info will help.

Grimpy56 2014-07-01 12:38:01 -0500 Report

Hi Mykayla
Wow you have been through a lot, but you seem to have a handle on this and a good attitude keep it up.
I was 8 when diagnosed and it blew my mind. I was not feeling well and went to the Doctor who did blood work.Went home and got a call parents were told on a Friday clear liquids until Monday when a bed would be open at Children s Hospital in LA Calif. I made it about 12 hours and then woke up in the ER at the Children s Hospital. It took about months to get under control and learn to give shots and test sugars. It was a lot different way back then it was l
ike a chemistry class you put 2 drops urine and 10 drops water in a test tube and added a tablet to find out your sugar level. It is so much easier now with finger sticks we can do ourselves.
At 8 years old I was defiant and would not accept the fact I had diabetes and went to a shrink for a couple years and finally realized Diabetes is a fact of life and when I did that I started living. The hardest part back then was nobody really knew much about diabetes except it was a Disease.
It took a lot to get into cub scouts or any activities that my parents could not attend due to their jobs.
I am glade to see all the changes over the years and that people are accepting and willing to learn about diabetes and what to do if we are having a reaction.
So welcome to the group,Glad you accepted the friend request.
Rick Carpenter

kindlekm 2014-07-01 07:57:27 -0500 Report

Welcome, what a scary story

i was diagnosed with type 2 about 2 years ago started on insulin followed a meal plan got off of insulin and onto met. fell off the wagon for the last 6months to a year and am now back on insulin and trying to get back and stay on the wagon

good luck to you

funnygirl98 2014-07-03 12:35:29 -0500 Report

Good luck to u and I'll pray that God gives u the guidance and strength to keep on the straight and narroe;-)

Katiespace 2014-06-30 16:09:16 -0500 Report

You are wise beyond your years. I've been type2 for 5 months as with everyone I hate it. I have a lot of different things wrong with me but no close calls like you. I admire your attitude you keep it up. I am a Grandma of 13 wonderful kids from 18 to 5 years old.:)K

neverlowbg 2014-06-28 19:04:02 -0500 Report

I've been type 2 for two yrs now had a few problems in the beginning but got they them went on an insulin pump life is good now again I fish hunt and work my small farm now and enjoy my grandson started an internet bussiness work my own hours it's great there's a guy who has been plagued with problems I'll have him in a few days tell you his story he is in hospital at moment but getting out soon his story kinda mirrors yours but he was 38-39 when he was diagnosed and aost lost his life like three times and has spent almost a year in an out if hospital but glad your ok and lovin life

Type1Lou 2014-06-28 18:30:01 -0500 Report

With your level-headed approach you can't help but be successful. I love your attitude. I'm old enough to be your grandmother and have lived with diabetes for 38 years. I never let diabetes define me or limit my ambitions. I loved and enjoyed downhill skiing and even did some recreational racing, winning a few medals. I just made sure to always carry something to treat low blood sugars. I gave up the skiing after retiring to Florida. I worked for the same company for 24 years and was successful in my career, traveling often, and working some crazy long hours. I'm happily retired now and busier than ever, volunteering in the community, playing golf, and active in our local quilt guild and several other sewing groups. I also occasionally teach some classes at local quilt shops. I just joined a health club and have begun some weight resistance training to stave off osteoporosis. I'm married to my second husband, have 2 stepsons and 5 grandchildren. My youngest granddaughter just graduated from high school. Life is good!

jayabee52 2014-06-28 14:04:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Mykayla

WELCOME to Diabetic connect!

Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do, I'm glad you found your way here!.

My story, briefly put, is I was Dx'd in 1995 with T2 and put on Metformin. I also got stricken with Chronic Kidney disease for which I needed Dialysis in 2006. I was taken off the Met and put on a low dose of NPH insulin. In 2011 I discovered I could stop my insulin if I ate very carefully, and so I did. I now manage my T2 with a meal plan which I follow.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

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