My Mum knew what was going on. She always did. It was March, 1995. I was an 8 year-old running to the loo every 5 minutes, constantly craving another glass of banana squash (what happened to that by the way?!). She had twigged something was up.
“Just come upstairs, I want to test your bloodsugar.” So I did.
- 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1 … “C” “K”, which later I would realise, meant “Check Ketones.” *
I was a type 1 Diabetic.
John Virgo was revealing his latest jazzy waistcoat on Big Break. Man I loved that show, when Jim Davidson was harmless. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in tears, knowing what my Dad had to go through every day was about to happen to me, the difference being I knew absolutely nothing. What was more upsetting, I had to stop watching Big Break and go to the hospital.
32mmols was my bloodsugar level that evening. To this day that’s a record for me, and one I don’t want to break any time soon. A non-diabetic’s normal sugar level is between 4-8mmol, you get the idea.
I thought I should start at the beginning, the first day of my diabetes journey. This is also the first day I’ve ever written a blog, so I hope you enjoy it and keep reading. This isn’t a forum for me to moan about having diabetes, far from it. There people far more worse-off than me in this world, in many ways I feel lucky… unless I get terminal cancer before I’m 40, then I’d be thinking, “Cheers for both”.
So what is this meandering story? Well, it’s my first go at a blog, so bear with me. It’s a few anecdotes and funny stories that fellow diabetics can hopefully relate to and think, “That happens to me too, so true!” But it’s not just for the diabetics, it’s about raising awareness with everyone. Maybe you’ll learn something, maybe you’ll disagree with me. Maybe you know me and just what to know how I feel about it all. Maybe this won’t interest you, but for all of the above, please share this blog with everyone you know, in the hope that it reaches one person who can find that little hint of salvation in a world that can be incredibly tough sometimes.
But for now, that’s just the introduction.
From that persistent old Hummingbird. Cheers.
‘*Ketones are an acid remaining when the body burns its own fat. When the body has insufficient insulin, it cannot get glucose from the blood into the body’s cells to use as energy and will instead begin to burn fat. The liver converts fatty acids into ketones which are then released into the bloodstream for use as energy. The presence of high levels of ketones in the bloodstream is a common complication of diabetes, which if left untreated can lead to ketoacidosis. Ketones build up when there is insufficient insulin to help fuel the body’s cells.