When I think back to my diagnosis it is and will always be one of the most challenging things that I have dealt with & continue to deal with.

I still remember it as if it was yesterday. My appetite wasn’t like it usually was – I mean I was only 8 so I didn’t have THAT huge of one but I would still usually eat my three meals a day! I began to throw my sandwiches away at school, hide them under sofas and in the bins at home (I didn’t really think that one through though) and my thirst was through the roof, not to mention the amount of times I had to pee!!

I also began to suffer with recurring thrush. Of course thrush isn’t unusual in females but when it is happening so often and I am screaming with pain thats when you know somethings not quite right. The thrush was due to the high sugar levels and this can also be an early detection of type one diabetes!

When mum made the drs appointment I don’t think she was quite expecting the outcome. She spoke with the dr telling him everything that was happening, my symptoms and how long they had been happening for & then it was my time to shine. My blood sugars were taken and they were 26! Now, in school you’re taught the higher the number the better the grade… turns out when it comes to blood sugars those rules don’t apply. A non-diabetics blood sugar should be between 4-8mmol.

The Doctor turned to mum and told her that its very likely I am diabetic but that I would have to go to hospital straight away. Within the hour I was whisked away onto the paediatrics ward & into my own room, 8 year old me didn’t know what was happening but having a tv and playstation in there really did soften that blow I won’t lie. Of course I was quite dehydrated even though I was drinking lots due to what was happening inside my body which meant a cannula had to go into my hand.

The nurses were honestly amazing, in an attempt to calm me down they would put bandages and splints on my teddy so I felt more comforted, I don’t think that was probably the best use of NHS supplies but nonetheless it worked and I will always be grateful for their compassion. (That and the magic numbing cream they used to insert the cannula- that stuff is amazing.)

It wasn’t long before the diabetic nurses came in and gave us all the information and support that we needed. Then the time came for the insulin… something I was NOT going to willingly participate in- I mean, can you blame me? Needles weren’t exactly something I was a fan of and especially not when it needs to go into my skin!! Let me tell you, I felt for all the other children and staff on that ward because I screamed at the top of my lungs for a solid 20 minutes.

I did it though.

From that very moment in the doctors office my life changed. It’s as simple as that. Not only mine but my family’s, my friends and even my school teachers. Out went drinking and eating whatever I fancied with no second thought and in came the sugar free drinks, rigorous meal times, hypo awareness, novorapid/ levemier, multiple prescriptions, hospital appointments, hospital stays, ketones testing, blood glucose testing, HBA1C’s and that’s not even all of it!

Being so young when I was diagnosed helped- I think so anyway, because I can’t remember a time in my life where I haven’t had to follow a routine or take medication, so for me personally it was so much easier to adapt to. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t come with its fair share of complications and feelings though! But thats a story for another time. Until then,

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