Being Diabetic is never easy for anyone regardless of age. Many people growing up use to think I was a diabetic just because I always wore a Medic Alert bracelet that when I was younger only diabetic’s where wearing them, but I had it for other medical reasons. Little did I know back then that the assumption would become reality as I became an adult.
In December of 2003 I was finally given the notices that I’m a Diabetic, at the time it wasn’t clear what type I had just that yes I was and on top of it I was highly Insulin Resistant, which I thought likely meant that I would be Type 2 (turned out NOT to be the case, nor was I actually insulin resistant as first though back then, but that would take until November of 2014 to be figured out). I wasn’t pleased with learning about it since I’d just learned the month before that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and that my chances of having children were reduced (I’d been told when much younger than I had Stein-Leventhal syndrome n would need birth control eventually and that was the end of it), which wasn’t an issue since I wasn’t set on having them to start with, so learning that it might well be impossible wasn’t hard to hear and in many regards just set me more on the ChildFree path.
At any rate, it would take me several years to get my brain around the new fact that I was a diabetic and the person I was seeing at the time dumped me upon getting the news, he said that he couldn’t be with someone who was that unhealthy (which many of us known is not the case with many diabetics). Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased but it was for the best since after he walked I started getting into what it was that I needed to do to get my health together and get living again.
It would take several more years to get things together when it comes to gaining control over my diabetes along that road I’d get thrown a few curve balls involving my health and having to deal. In 2008 Norman came into my life in the middle of me being unemployed and running a business on Second Life to try and earn a little extra to help with the bills.
After meeting Norman things took a turn and I was forced to have a hysterectomy and some more issues with my diabetes came further into my life. After that hurdle was handed to me I started to relook at what I was eating and trying to figure out what was going on, you see at the time I was a vegetarian in the process of becoming a strict vegetarian (vegan) mostly because I was having issues with dairy and by cutting it out my glucose numbers dropped closer to range but even removing that couldn’t get it down to where my Endro was wishing them to me.
In 2013 I started to work on eliminating gluten from my meal plan which as many well know is easier said then dun at times but slowly I did manage to reduce it and by the start of 2014 my A1C was showing the improvement that my endo had been looking for – finally, I did cut it out and within 6 months my a1c went from 9.8 to 7. My endo was shocked that what he thought to be insulin resistance really was my body having issues with gluten thus causing glucose control issues that mimicked insulin resistance. That’s when he said it is very likely that I am either Celiac or have a Gluten Intolerance issue, but he’s banking on Celiac do to how it was affecting me.
When it comes to Insulin I’m currently on…
* 160 Units of Tresiba at bedtime
* 1:5 to 1:15 of Humalog with meals and snacks (mealtime numbers 4 to 6 pre and 5 to 8 post)
* 1:1 At any other point in the day to keep levels in range with a base range of 5 to 7 outside of mealtime.