So long story short,
I was recently in intensive care & then general hospital for quite some time, due to unrelated issues.
During that time I had daily blood tests for all sorts of things - I started off as a bit of a medical mystery.
My blood sugar was normal for the first week (in ICU), then all of a sudden -
12, 13, 17, 43(!!!). (Oh I’m not from the US… in your units: started at 216, 4 days later - 774)
Seems like a sudden onset according to most.
That said - it’s possible I had been suffering for some time and my stay in ICU had the opposite effect on blood sugar -
I had all the classic symptoms of hyperglycemia for months - unfortunately they also fit with the kidney problems I had - so no way to tell.
(HbA1C can’t be tested yet as I received blood transfusions & had severe anemia before)
Anyway, now I am T1D. Antibodies positive.
Somebody is having a laugh about it, because there is nothing in this world I fear more than needles!!
I am here because I have never known a diabetic in my life, somehow. At least not well enough to know anything. I feel like I’m suffering from information overload at this point. I’m sure I will have many questions. Have been on my own out in the world for about 2 weeks now. Things are still quite variable, I have had a few sleepless nights testing myself due to low readings, and still am higher about half the time than ideal. My biggest difficulty so far is with eating out at restaurants etc. I’ve been underestimating that a bit. Also how am I meant to carry around a bag of sweets if I’m not meant to eat any of them!!