Misdiagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic at 18

March is 14 years that I have been a type 1 diabetic. In that timeframe, I have struggled. I didn’t always talk about the fact I had diabetes. But I didn’t hide it. There were times I did try to ignore it, but that didn’t work out. Then the times I worked hard, it would kick my butt. Also not having any health insurance did not help.

I was misdiagnosed in 2008 at 18 years old as a type 2 diabetic. I experienced extreme thirst, weight loss, urination, and fatigue. This went on for a few months. When I finally went to the urgent care, they asked me questions and did a finger poke to test my blood sugar. Only at that moment, I didn’t connect the dots. My blood sugar was in the 600’s.

I remember the nurse making the comment “Oh. That’s why you feel so sick.” and leaving the room. But no one said anything to me like “ Hey your blood sugar is high, looks like diabetes.” Again I was so very tired and not with it. They hooked me up with what I’m guessing, was an IV of fluids. Shortly after the dr came in and started talking about diet, lifestyle changes, medication, and testing my blood sugar as a type 2 . After that I got moved to a new room.

The next day the dietitian come up to my room and went over diet and carbs. I was told to keep meals under 60 carbs and a list of free foods that I know now, are not free. I spent a few more days in the hospital and was then sent on my way.

At the time I was working for Americorps NCCC, which is a ten-month commitment doing volunteer work across the U.S, where they fed, pay, and housed you. During that time they offered health insurance, but once it was time to go back home to WI I didn’t have any kind of health insurance anymore.

Sometime in 2009, I ended back in the hospital and DKA again. The first time was the year before when I was first diagnosed but we didn’t know it at the time. Diabetic ketoacidosis is when the body starts breaking down fat at a rate that is much too fast. The liver processes the fat into a fuel called ketones, which causes the blood to become acidic. My body was shutting down and was slowly dying.

Almost immediately after I was admitted they told me there was no way I was a type 2 and I was a type 1 diabetic and the first hospital misdiagnosed me. They gave me a slightly better education on diabetes but still gave me the same “free food “ list and to keep meals around 60 carbs and snacks at 15 carbs. They even helped me find a low-income clinic so I could get the insulin that I need to stay alive.

Sometimes the dr would be helpful but I did get a few that were just no help. There were times when my A1c, which is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar over the past 3 months, would be on the higher side and I would get a “lecture” on better blood sugar management but no actual help. Even when I was trying my hardest. Or I was simply burnt out and was not trying as hard. It was very frustrating at times.

I went to this clinic for about 10 years until I got married and my husband had a job that offered health insurance in 2018. During the 10 years that I went to a low-income clinic every month. They gave me everything I needed. Long and short-acting insulin pens, test strips, pen tips, and more. As great as the clinic was, there were too many hands. Paperwork would be missing and sometimes the commutation was not the best. I would also have a different dr every month.

But they did try their best. Every year they would help me apply for state insurance and every time single time I would be denied. But I had no problem getting forward health benefits for family planning, basically, I only qualified for birth control and nothing else.

Then in 2018, my husband qualified for the health insurance offered through his job. I was finally able to establish a primary dr, an endocrinologist, who specializes in the endocrine system and diabetes, and a diabetes educator/nutritionist. I now have a great team to help me manage my diabetes better.

In 2021 I finally moved from insulin pens and finger pokes to an insulin pump and cgm (continuous glucose monitor) which has been a game-changer for me. I did start on the Omnipod dash and Dexcom in March and April but after about 8 months I switched over to the Medtronic 770g System. The Medtronic’s 770g is a closed loop[ system where the guardian sensors talk to the insulin pump and make adjustments as needed. This time last year in march of 2021 my A1c was a 9.8 and right now it is a 6.6.

Since seeing my diabetes educator/nutritionist I have had updated education on diabetes. For example, coffee is NOT a free food. Caffeine can induce an adrenaline rush and can impact the blood sugar and make it rise. Or that fat and protein can also impact blood sugar. Those were a few things I didn’t know but only found out when I started using a CGM.

A lot has happened in the last 14 years for me and I have learned so much. Diabetes is a 24/7 job that you do not get to take a vacation from or get paid. At times it can be a lot and burnout is real. I hope you found this interesting or even helpful.

Diabetes Tech Review: Omnipod Dash Insulin Pump

For 8 month or so I had been using the insulin pump, Omnipod Dash with Dexcom to manage my Type 1 Diabetes. I thought it was time to review this diabetes device. I have been a diabetic for 13 years soon to be 14 in March/April. Before going on a insulin pump I was using insulin pens for the longest time. That is another story its self.

 

What is Omnipod?

Omnipod Dash is a tubeless wearable insulin pump that send a consistent amount of basel (background) insulin for up to 3 days. The  PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) is a dumb down android phone that only runs the software by Omnipod. The PDM then connects to the insulin pump pods by bluetooth. The pods are water proof, so that means no disconnecting for a shower or jumping in the pool. The PDM is NOT water proof. Also the Omnipod Dash does not commutate with a CGM, like Dexcom.  

The Process

For me it was super simple. I had gone to a endocrinologist app and talked to my Dr about going on a pump and talked about some of the different options. I was given a list of  insulin pumps and was told to research each one myself. I could ether tell him which one I was interested in, so he could start the paperwork. Or to go on the pumps website and fill out the contact forms and start the process that way.

By the end of the week I had filled out forms online for omnipod and was contacted within 3-4 days. I filled out eberything on a Friday and was contacted by Monday to go over questions, like for insurance and what not. By that Friday I was inform what the cost would be with my insurance. I gave them the go ahead and within a week my order was shipped. It was really quick and a easy process overall.

Shortly after I received my pump supplies I was then contacted my a Omnipod Rep/Trainer to setup training to setup my new pump. The pump trainer sat with me and set up the PDM with settings tailored to my insulin needs. Since then I have changed almost everything she had set, there was a lot of trial and error to find out what works better for me on the pump. Normally the dr sets you on the  lower side  on the pump when you start, to avoid low blood sauger.  My appointment took about a hour since I read everything before hand in the handbook.  

Things I liked

No tubing, I honestly would forget I had it on me, unless I placed it on my outer upper arm and hit every doorway. I loved that I could decorate the pods with different stickers. Very easy to use, basically fill the pod, confirm everything on the PDM and stick it on and go.
You can go swimming or shower without having to worry about disconnecting and remembering to reconnect. Your pods info shows on your phone as along as it nearby.
I never had a problem keeping the PDM with me, it was no different then carrying my phone with me. I hardly had a failed pod.

Things I did not liked

At times the design of the pods could be a little bulky. You only get one cannula length. Both Fat and protein hit me very hard, if I have a meal that’s high in both and end up with high blood sauger. The Omnipod Dash just couldn’t keep up with me and I would consistency be chasing high blood saugers.  

Final thoughts

 Its a great pump that’s for sure. I did exactly what it was programed to do, that is to delver  a constant supply of basel background of insulin 24/7. But since it does not talk to Dexcom it just doesn’t work for me. Now that the Omnipod 5 has been FDA approved and works with Dexcom it might work better for me.  But I have moved to a different system in November and LOVING it.  I will write more about that in another post. 
Omnipod Dash Insulin Pump

THE MEGA LOVE FOR AUTUMN TAG

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year next summer, I would have to say they are both at a tie.  The last time I did any kind of autumn post was last October, which you can read here. No one tagged me I saw this on Zombie Goddess Beauty  and  I thought this was a cool tag to do for fall. 

THE QUESTIONS:
1. What signifies the start of Autumn to you? In the last few weeks of august it starts to become hazy also when I start seeing the leaves change.

2. What are you most excited about for Fall? Leaves changing colors, pumpkins, sweaters, fall smelling candles & wax melts, leather jackets (faux), boots and cooler weather. Basically everything.

3. Name one place you want to visit this Autumn. The parks to take photos of the leaves changing color.


4. What is one item on your Autumn Bucket List? Going to the pumpkin farm and taking our niece (5) and nephew (1 and a half) to pick out pumpkins.


5. What is the best way to spend a rainy day? Reading. I don’t read as much as I would like.


6. What gets you into the fall spirit? Fall candles!


7. Describe your ideal fall day. Enjoy the crisp air and taking photos.


8. What TV show are you most excited about this fall? Supernatural! Cant believe they are on their 14th season, also Riverdale & AHS.


9. What are you being for Halloween/What were you this Halloween? I haven’t dressed up in a couple of years now, but the last time i was cat. I know very original.


10. What is the Fall weather like where you live? I live in South Eastern Wisconsin near Lake Michigan. Be prepared to experience all 4 seasons in one day. During fall it can be 50 degrees at night and 80+during the day. Gotta love Wisconsin.


11. What changes do you look forward to in Autumn? Wearing boots, sweaters and fall color makeup.


12. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? Honestly I tired my fist pumpkin spice latte last fall. Its good but I don’t think its all the hype.


13. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Autumn? Cooler weather and fall colors.


14. What is your go-to an autumnal beauty product? A must-have staple. Berry color nail polish.


15. Do you have any Autumn traditions? We go to a pumpkin farm every year.


16. The moment of truth, is Autumn your favourite season? It’s a tie between summer, only because my birthday is August 31st.


17. Do you decorate your room/home for autumn? Yes I decorate with pumpkins,   fake flowers and leaves, owls and candles. 


18. Do you have any fall pet peeves/something you dislike about fall? Honestly i not a fan on cold waether but i do like the cooler and warmish fall days, like 60-70 degrees. Perfect. 

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FALL FAVOURITES:
1. What is your favourite Autumnal Colour? A berry wine color. 
2. What is your favourite Fall Scent?  Apple Pumpkin 
3. What is your favourite Autumn Candle? Bath and body works Apple pumpkin

4. What is your favourite Fall Fashion Item?
Sweaters  and boots. Booties or tall. All of them. 
5. What is your favourite Fall Accessory? Beanies 
6. What is your favourite Autumn Lip Colour?  Queen B by Too faced. 
7. What is your favourite Fall Nail Polish? Lincoln Park after dark by OIP
8. What is your favourite Autumnal Drink? Salted caramel  anything.
9. What is your favourite Fall Treat?  Cinnamon raisin bread
10. What is your favourite Fall Flavour? Cinnamon anything
11. What is your favourite Thanksgiving Food? Sweet potatoes 
12. What is your favourite Halloween Candy? Caremal Apples 
13. What is your favourite Fall/Halloween Song? This is halloween from The nightmare before Christmas 
14. What is your favourite Fall/Halloween Film? The nightmare before Christmas 
15. What is your favourite Autumn Makeup Look? Any berry or bronze shades and purple hair.  
16. What is your favourite Autumn Beauty Trend this year? I think its still early to tell.
17. What is your favourite Fall Fashion Trend this year? Burnt oranges, reds and golds. 
18. What is your favourite/Most Worn Sweater/Jumper? Grey destressed sweater for Rue 21 a few years ago. 
19. What is your favourite Autumn Memory? 
20. What is your favourite photo you’ve taken in Fall?  It would have to bee these.
21. What is your favourite Autumn activity? Picking out pumpkins 
22. What is your favourite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? It would have to be belle, from beauty and the beast when i was a kid 

AUTUMN THIS OR THAT:
1. Apple Picking or Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkin patch 
2. Football Games or Nature Walk?  Nature walk 
3. Halloween or Thanksgiving? Halloween 
4. Bat Wing Sleeves or Cat Eye Eyeshadow? Cat eye shadow
5. Dark Lips or Winged Liner? Wing liner 
6. Apple stuff or Pumpkin stuff? Apple stuff
7. Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice? Cinnamon 
8. Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider? Coffee
9. Jeans, Leggings or Skirts/Shorts w/Tights? Jeans
10. Beanie or Hair Scarf? Beanie 
11. Infinity Scarf or Body Wrap? Infinity Scarf
12. Booties or Knee High Boots? Booties 
13. Flats or Wedges? Flats 
14. Flannels or Jumpers/Sweaters? Flannel
15. Hair up in bun/ponnie tail or Hair Down? Down 
16. Fairy Lights or Candles? Candles 
17. Scary Movie or Haunted House? Scary Movie 
18. Apple Bobbing or Making Apple Pie? Making Apple Pie
19. DIY Halloween Costume or DIY House Decorations? DIY House Decorations
20. Pop of Orange or Pop of Yellow in your wardrobe? Pop of Yellow 

I tag

alishavalerie

laurencanteven

thoughtswithn

bellechic.blog

themakeuplikeamomblog

i–am–mari

itoja

anaandzel


THE QUESTIONS:


1. What signifies the start of Autumn to you?


2. What are you most excited about for Fall?


3. Name one place you want to visit this Autumn.


4. What is one item on your Autumn Bucket List?


5. What is the best way to spend a rainy day?


6. What gets you into the fall spirit?


7. Describe your ideal fall day.


8. What TV show are you most excited about this fall?


9. What are you being for Halloween/What were you this Halloween?


10. What is the Fall weather like where you live?


11. What changes do you look forward to in Autumn?


12. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?


13. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Autumn?


14. What is your go-to an autumnal beauty product? A must-have staple.


15. Do you have any Autumn traditions?


16. The moment of truth, is Autumn your favourite season?


17. Do you decorate your room/home for autumn?


18. Do you have any fall pet peeves/something you dislike about fall?




FALL FAVOURITES:


1. What is your favourite Autumnal Colour?


2. What is your favourite Fall Scent?


3. What is your favourite Autumn Candle?


4. What is your favourite Fall Fashion Item?


5. What is your favourite Fall Accessory?


6. What is your favourite Autumn Lip Colour?


7. What is your favourite Fall Nail Polish?


8. What is your favourite Autumnal Drink?


9. What is your favourite Fall Treat?


10. What is your favourite Fall Flavour?


11. What is your favourite Thanksgiving Food?


12. What is your favourite Halloween Candy?


13. What is your favourite Fall/Halloween Song?


14. What is your favourite Fall/Halloween Film?


15. What is your favourite Autumn Makeup Look?


16. What is your favourite Autumn Beauty Trend this year?


17. What is your favourite Fall Fashion Trend this year?


18. What is your favourite/Most Worn Sweater/Jumper?


19. What is your favourite Autumn Memory?


20. What is your favourite photo you’ve taken in Fall?


21. What is your favourite Autumn activity?


22. What is your favourite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?




AUTUMN THIS OR THAT:


1. Apple Picking or Pumpkin Patch?


2. Football Games or Nature Walk?


3. Halloween or Thanksgiving?


4. Bat Wing Sleeves or Cat Eye Eyeshadow?


5. Dark Lips or Winged Liner?


6. Apple stuff or Pumpkin stuff?


7. Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice?


8. Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider?


9. Jeans, Leggings or Skirts/Shorts w/Tights?


10. Beanie or Hair Scarf?


11. Infinity Scarf or Body Wrap?


12. Booties or Knee High Boots?


13. Flats or Wedges?


14. Flannels or Jumpers/Sweaters?


15. Hair up in bun/ponnie tail or Hair Down?


16. Fairy Lights or Candles?


17. Scary Movie or Haunted House?


18. Apple Bobbing or Making Apple Pie?


19. DIY Halloween Costume or DIY House Decorations?


20. Pop of Orange or Pop of Yellow in your wardrobe? 

4 Tips on washing your hair less

I use to be someone that had to wash my hair almost everyday, especially when I had long hair down to the middle of my back. Now for the past 5 years I have had short pixie like hair, which at the moment, is now a jawline length bob. I only wash my hair 2 times a week max. Normally during the weekend and some time in the of the week. It was pretty easy for me to go longer in between washes since it was so short when I first started. If you have longer hair it might take a little longer to transition to fewer washes but is doable.

START EXTENDING WASHES

If your someone who washes your hair every day, try to make the switch to every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will slowly produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural oils your scalp produces. Wash your hair less and you’ll notice that you will be able to extend even longer between washes.

Here are a few tips that can help with the transition for washing less.

TIP #1: DRY SHAMPOO

Dry shampoo is great for days in between washes. You can also spray your roots before going to bed. Adding some dry shampoo to your hair at night before bed will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping, which is when your scalp produces the most oil.

TIP #2 APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your roots and rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s PH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.

TIP #3 DISTRIBUTING OIL

Gently brush through your hair with a real boar-bristle brush which will distribute the natural oils from your scalp through the length of your hair. Start at the roots and use fluid strokes to help the oil travel down the shaft of your hair. This is helpful before going to bed too. This will make your morning easier (less bedhead and knots), but it will also prevent the buildup of oil on the scalp overnight. The oil will wash away from the roots when you shower, it will prevent the buildup that can cause you to need to wash more frequently, and it will naturally conditioned

TIP #4 SHAMPOO

Stick to a gentle shampoo, that’s free of silicones, sulfate and paraben’s. Also don’t forget to brush before lathering up.

The first few weeks of training your hair may take some getting used to.

Bloggers Spotlight-Gaia-s

Here is this weeks Bloggers Spotlight, Gaia-s a blogger of environmental protection, nature, and ecology. Basically I sent out a tweet on twitter, asking who would like to be part of blogger spotlight by answering some questions for us to get to know them better.

* Can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?

I’m Anja Debeljak, a student of Environmental protection science and I used to study ecology. The blog Gaia-s is my outlet for my ever-growing need to share the knowledge and inspire people.

My blog is about environmental protection, nature, and ecology. I aim to share the knowledge and connect people interested in previously mentioned topics.

*What inspired you to start your blog?

Gaia-s is actually my second blog, which I started with an idea to share my knowledge and be at least a bit useful.

My first blog, however, stared out of boredom, that later grew into a bit of a passion, that now formed into Gaia-s.

*Who are your three favorite bloggers or influencers and why?

My fave bloggers are:

– Honey (from http://honeysroyaltybeauty.blogspot.com/) she is my best (blogging) friend and stuck around ever since I started blogging. Also, she makes awesome nail art.

– Charlene (https://twitter.com/blogabtnothing1) and her amazing Beechat. She is super supportive and the chats she hosts are awesome.

-Seeking Science (https://twitter.com/seekingsci) a blog up my alley, I simply enjoy their posts.

*What inspires you to keep moving forward with your blog?

*My wish to share and support from other bloggers. Also, I’m pretty stubborn so that helps.

*What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start their very own blog?

Blogging is tough; also you can’t expect people to do your work for you. YOU have to work for it, if people help you out, it’s just added benefit. Your blog is you and your passion. People in the blogging community will help you out, but don’t think they are obligated to do so.

Now that I scared you, I can tell you that once you get into it, it can become the best obsession and most beneficial hobby there is. Don’t give up.

Links:

Blog: gaia-s.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gaias_WW

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/anja.debi

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/GaiasBlog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gaias.org.en