I’ve just had a really crappy d-week. Let’s recap:
- Was forced to pull out from diabetes camp at the very last minute due to health. Sadface number 1.
- Had numerous hypos (I mean numerous!) throughout the week. Felt like I was constantly having a hypo hangover all week. Sadface number 2. (At least I never over-corrected! Ashley – 1)
- Went out for dinner and ran out of insulin. My fault for not checking. Sadface number 3. (At least I only had a light dinner and managed to survive with what little insulin I had left. Ashley – 0.5)
- Got an email from my educator saying she doesn’t support what the private endocrinologist said and that I can’t change my diagnosis as I have no antibodies. (Fact: 10% of people with type 1 diabetes don’t have antibodies) My educator also said that they only give pumps to people with poor control and my HbA1c indicated good control. (Which part of swinging from 10 mmol/L to 4mmol/L overnight indicates good control?) Sadface number 4.
This brings me to WHY I want to go on the pump. Yes, my HbA1c may be in good range. I’m more worried about the swings I have. I have random spikes before crashing quickly. This is despite being conscientious about what I eat (low GI/carb) and exercising regularly. My main concern comes when I want to start planning a family, my sugar levels would quickly be unacceptable if I were to be pregnant. How would I deal with this then? I’m already on injections. I believe that having a constant flow of insulin would help somewhat to stabilise my levels. How can I achieve this with injections? Have an injection every hour? Don’t be absurd! Having 4 a day is painful enough (I have a pretty new bruise from choosing a bad site the other day to show for it too).
I know I’m not the only young person with type 2 who is worried about this.
After a lot of talk on doing something about getting pump consumable subsidies for people type 2, I have finally started a petition for it. If you would like to help push this along, you can sign the petition here.
I would like to think that starting this petition will be the result in something life-changing for many people with type 2 diabetes, not just me. And so I duly award myself 5 points, bringing the final tally between me vs diabetes to 6.5 to 4. And so, I proudly pronounce myself the ultimate winner this week! Take that diabetes, you will not get the better of me yet!
Bonus! I shall leave you with this hilarious tumblr site for when you diabetes gets you down – What Diabetes Should Call Me.