My Tidal Wave:
Everyone who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), has a story about how they first came to grips with this diagnosis. T1D is like a tidal wave. You might start with a few ripples of symptoms, a little fatigue here, a few extra gulps of water there, but one day comes, and it engulfs you.
It was the spring of 2013, and I felt a little off. I started experiencing textbook symptoms of T1D, but like most adults who come to grips with this disease, it was completely off my radar.
I could feel my body slowly shriveling up as the weeks past that March. I started off with a little blurry vision, but maybe I just needed to wear my glasses more, and I was just a little extra tired from work. Sure I would drink over a gallon of water a day, but waters good for you right? And yes, I was losing weight, wanted to immerse myself in water, and had flaky and dry skin like a reptile, but everything’s fine…right?
Like most young adults, we sometimes feel invincible. I’m young and healthy, surely I can ride out these bizarre symptoms I’m having. Who ever heard of dry skin and blurry vision as a symptom for a disease? I hadn’t. But, my tidal wave came.
With the help of my sweet sister-in-law, Megan, she drove me to see my doctor after the unbearable dehydration I was feeling. After the questioning, few pokes here and there, and the drawing of blood, I was diagnosed with T1D.
As the doctor spoke to me calmingly and assuredly, while they started hooking an I.V. to me, I could feel myself drowning. How could this be? I was young, healthy (or so I thought), and I was 23?! How does a young adult get “juvenile” diabetes? There must be some mistake.
Through fear, denial, and a week in the hospital with Ketoacidosis, I have learned to understand and cope with my disease. Knowledge truly is power, and that is what I hope to bring to my blog.