Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Here's What you Need to Know about Type 1 Diabetes

I have met a lot of new people in the last month, and I have found it difficult to explain what Type 1 Diabetes is and how it affects me to so many people. Often I say to people I've only recently met "I don't feel well" and be very general about what's wrong and how I'm feeling. With type 1 diabetes, there are a lot of different scenarios that make me feel unwell. Here's the basics on what you need to know:

Low Blood Sugar

  • When my blood sugar is low, it means I don't have enough sugar in my body. I have to stop what i'm doing and replace the sugar. I usually use lucozade sport to do this.
  • It is really important that I don't just continue when i'm "hypo" or my blood sugar is low because that can make my blood sugar drop lower.
  • Things that can drop my blood sugar include exercise, alcohol, insulin and heat. 

High Blood Sugar
  • When my blood sugar is high is means I don't have enough insulin in my body. I need to give a dose of insulin, but that takes a while to work, so I may be feeling ill for a while.
  • When my blood sugar is high, I feel so sluggish, I have brain fog (so I may act ultra stupid), I am so tired and thirsty and I go to the toilet a lot. 
  • It takes a lot of effort to even walk up the stairs, so don't expect much from me in that period.
  • When I take about being "High", I am talking about my blood sugar, not drugs!

Facts
  • I wear an insulin pump to administer my insulin, and this is attached to my body through a cannula. It has replaced multiple daily injections which I previously used.
  • I count every carbohydrate I eat, which helps me figure out how much insulin to give for a meal. So if  you see me looking at a food packet nutritional information, do not just assume i'm on a diet!
  • Diabetics don't need to differ what they eat, just be healthy like everyone else.
  • I can still drink alcohol! I just need to plan, and make sure i'm safe throughout the night.

Type 1 Diabetes is really hard to control, so I can't always get it right!


Until next Time,

Alyssa x


10 comments:

  1. Good summary, must be tricky meeting so many new people at once with deciding what to share. I did a photo essay a long time ago now when i was at college which i shared with friends online/in the exhibition to explain the basics of what is diabetes to them, as i'm rubbish at explaining out loud. I always meant to add the "what i need to do if low/high" type things to it then never got round to it! https://www.flickr.com/photos/123889165@N04/sets/72157650962060011/

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    1. Thank you! That photo essay really sums up things really well. I just didn't want to be repeating myself over and over!

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    2. I had a bit of a different focus as it needed to be more generic as it was being marked as my project, so i went for the more generic "stop telling me about cures" angle, but going "here just all read this" had the desired effect of stopping me repeatedly attempting to explain myself at least!

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  2. I'm impressed that you've tried to explain to people. My son finds this side of Type 1 incredibly hard, he's still not open with his girlfriend about all it entails. He's 13 so I hope he'll grow in confidence before the Uni years.

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    1. It's always difficult. I hope he grows in confidence as the years go on. Glad you liked the blog!

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  3. I wish everybody not to have this illness! Not so long ago I found a term paper writer and he helped me to write my term paper about the famous illnesses in the world. And I made a presentation in our University.

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  4. Oh, I wuold like to take these cources or something similar to that! But I am student at the moment and I have to wait a little, because I have a session now. I prefer to buy essay cheap in difficult situations.

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  5. Unfortunately, this disease our time is quite widespread because people do not watch their food at all. I'm sure that your advice can be useful to many who also wanted to become a case study writer cuz your writing style is great.

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    1. I'm actually writing about Type 1 Diabetes, which is autoimmune and isn't connected with food.

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My name is Alyssa Faulkner. I am a Type 1 Diabetic Teen living in Scotland. I currently use a Medtronic insulin pump and an Enlite CGM, and am a volunteer for Diabetes Scotland.