The first day of school is always full of numerous emotions but even more so when you are the teacher and a T1D! I started my first year teaching this year in a 3rd grade classroom and I could not be more excited for the adventure. One thing that I never anticipated was my excitement altering my bloodsugars, even after 11 years as a T1D. On day 2 of the school year, I ate the exact same thing as on day 1. But day 2 was different. On day 2 I hovered in the low 50s all day despite the numerous juices and chocolates and peanut butter crackers. Since everything about my day was the same as day 1, starting blood sugar included, I can conclude that those drops were simply due to adrenaline.
One thing that I did learn from this experience is the importance of always keeping extra supplies on hand. I keep juice boxes, chocolate, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, and gummies in my classroom just for days like day 2.
I also learned to never get used to a routine with diabetes because it will always choose to surprise you when you least expect it!
I am so thankful for my Plexus pink drink that gives me the energy to keep up with my 3rd grade kiddos and helps me sleep through the night. It has truly helped balance my bloodsugars this past month even with all of the stress and adrenaline of starting a new job.
My name is Katie and I have been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years. Here’s a touch on my diabetic journey! I was two days into high school when I got the call that my blood work just wasn’t right. My parents and I made a trip to the emergency room where I was admitted into the pediatric ICU, which would be my home for the next week. I kept hearing them say it’s type 1 diabetes but 14-year-old me didn’t fully understand what that meant; everyone was talking at me but I wasn’t hearing it. After I left the ICU I visited my new pediatric endocrinologist. Little did I know this office would become a place of understanding and knowledge for me for 6 years (my adult endocrinologist rocks socks just as much). Here I learned how to count carbs, give myself insulin shots, how to prick my finger in a prime spot, how to do the math with sliding scales for boluses, and eventually move into the world of insulin pumps! What I didn’t learn in this office was how to cope with being diabetic, honestly, I still don’t know how to cope some days. Thankfully, I consider myself very blessed to be surrounded by a huge support system since day 1. My parents are AMAZING and have always been there every step of the way. My sassy sister gives me words of encouragement, has given a lot of stank faces to the people staring while I gave myself insulin shots, and would later be my midnight blood sugar checker when we became roomies in college. The staff within my high school was always very supportive and made sure that I was okay on a daily basis (my mom also taught at my school which was a huge god send). After graduation, I went off to college feeling like my little safety net was gone but I slowly learned how to be independent! Don’t get me wrong college wasn’t easy. Being away from home for the first time is already hard enough but add being diabetic on top of that was even more challenging. But having the beautiful support system that I’ve been graced with allowed me to graduate college successfully, land a fabulous 4th grade math teaching job, and stay healthy in the process! Being a type 1 diabetic isn’t easy by any means and somedays I feel like I’m drowning but good gracious did it teach me how strong I am. I learned that just because my fingers are shredded from checking my blood sugar all the time and that always having an insulin pump attached to my body doesn’t mean I’m any less of a person than the next. I hope that sharing pieces of my story brings someone some form of strength in knowing that you aren’t alone within your type 1 diabetes struggle.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on January 16th, 2006. I was living in Florida and in the 5th grade. I lost 15 pounds in a week and weighed a total of 55 pounds upon diagnosis. I was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and close to being in a come. I stayed in the pediatric intensive care unit for a week. For two years I took insulin shots up to five times a day then I made the leap to the Medtronic pump. While I was grateful for the pump and not having to give myself shots every day (I have a huge needle phobia, I still was not in love with my diabetes management system. I had numerous pump failures and my A1C was 8.5+ for 4 years. In November 2016 (thanks to KG) I made the switch to the OmniPod and I AM IN LOVE. Anytime someone sees my pod and asks what is on my arm, my face lights up and I go on and on about how amazing the OmniPod system is. Since the switch my A1C has dropped to 7.5 and I feel less like a robot than ever before.
In the 4,000 + days that I have been diabetic, I have been hospitalized 7 times due to diabetes and been in DKA a total of 3 times. Diabetes has complicated the most simple aspects of my life. It controls what and when I eat, changes my mood on a whim, keeps me up at night, and makes my health care that much more important. While diabetes might be a pain in my butt daily, I am grateful for the lessons I have learned from it. Diabetes has taught me to be independent and to care for my body, it has taught me to advocate for myself, and most of all it has brought me one of my best friends (KG). I love sharing my T1D experiences with other people and I hope I can inspire others the way I have been inspired by so many T1Ds in my life.