Monday, February 6, 2012
When I was Eighteen....
Before diabetes I was eighteen years old. I had graduated from high-school and planned to go back an extra semester to take math. I lived with my parents, my sister and my dog. I was a 'normal' teen who enjoyed creative writing and partying.
I only attended three doctors appointments in a one year, dentist, eye doctor and one physical. I only saw my own blood if I accidentally got a paper cut or while chopping some veggies. I knew that carbs were something, but I had no idea what carbs did, nor did I know that milk had carbs.
I hardly ever got blood work. I never talked to so many specialist. I ate whatever I wanted and when I wanted and I could go for a run without any concern. My bras were not packed full of supplies, I didn't wear 23 inches of tubing 24/7. When I had a headache, I just had a headache and when I wanted pie, I just had pie.
Now I am here, twenty one years old. I am in University and plan to get my masters. I live with 4 other roommates and a dog. I am a 'normal' diabetic who enjoys creative writing and partying, motivational speaking, and outdoor adventures.
I attend a lot of doctors appointments in one year, dentist, eye doctor, physicals, endocrinologist and D.E.C. I see my own blood at least four times a day. I know exactly what carbs are and what they do to me, and I know that milk has 12 grams of them.
I often have to get blood work. I've talked to a lot of different specialists. I eat whatever I want, and whenever I want and I do have a few concerns when I go for a run. My bras are sometimes packed with glucose tabs, a pump and a meter. I wear 23 inches of tubing 24/7. When I have a headache, I check my sugar and when I want pie, I take insulin.