Level 13 as a Type 1 Diabetic

It’s not something I would always touch on much, but I’m a Type 1 Diabetic for the last 13 years. I  found out at 18  in March of 2008. I have struggled so much since then and it has taken me until now to make peace with it. In those years I didn’t always have the best control but I would do the very basics,  carb count-not always accurately, took insulin-not always on time, checked my blood sugar-only to eat and just winged it lot of times.  It was a mess. My A1C was always high, were talking 8-9 when we should be under 7-6. Right now it’s a 9.4. Yikes.

At my last endocrinologist appointment in march my Endo ask me if I was interested in an insulin pump or CGM and we please get you on a pump and cgm.   I told him yes I was interested. The only reason why I never did was because up until the last 3 years, I never had insurance. That is a whole other story. I was afraid to look into an insulin pump or cgm and be denied or have a crazy upfront cost. Because they are expensive.  My Endo gave me a list of insulin pumps and CGM’s (continuous glucose monitor)  to research and to tell him what I wanted so he could start the paperwork. Two weeks later on St. Patricks Day I had the Dexcom G6 CGM to monitor my blood sugar 24/7. The insulin pump, I pick the OmniPod, took about a month later to start.
I wish I had started so much sooner than later. But I wasn’t ready and it took me a long time to realize that there is a difference with accepting and embracing it. I am seeing much better numbers during the night and day. I still have some areas that I have to adjust but my nights are looking great and consistent. Days are a little trickier but we are slowly getting there. Instead of running in the 200-300’s all the time, I’m more like 160-180 which makes a huge difference.

7 thoughts on “Level 13 as a Type 1 Diabetic

  1. It sounds like a lot to have to get to grips with and it can sure be frustrating and disheartening. My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 in March this year so it's a learning curve. His A1C was 8 but it is now 6 so he has done well while navigating other serious health issues on top of it all. I'm cheering you on and hope things continue to improve!

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  2. Oh absolutely! It does get easier if you have a right diabetes team and the right tools for you. Congrats on the A1C! I just got back my most resent A1C and it is also a 6!

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