Oh I would would love nothing more
than a tall glass of coke.
Alas, I cannot, my pancreas is broke….
Type 1 diabetes has been a very rough ride for me. The cost of all my supplies, care and hospital visits have led me to my current circumstance: Moving out of the country. It scares me when people have said their insurance dropped them due to being diabetic or that they aren’t covered for supplies. American companies do this stuff but not Norway’s healthcare, which is Socialist.
I kept getting serious infections that each progressed until I ended up in the emergency room. No one suspected diabetes yet. I then followed up with a gynecologist who tested my blood and urine. To her surprise my blood sugar was up in the 600-700s (normally it should be 70s). She was very scared for me and sent me to my primary.
He is a crook. He misdiagnosed me as type 2 and insisted I take metformin and start the Atkins diet to reverse the type 2 diabetes. Okay, so 1. I am not type 2 2. Atkins diet is NOT recommended for diabetes. He was afraid to treat me because it was clearly obvious not catching that I was diabetic was his fault. I could have sued him for malpractice but instead he was arrested and shut down for selling drugs, rape and giving false prescription medications.
The next endocrinologist was not much better. She instead I was type 2 also, giving me metformin again but in a high dosage. “You’re fat so you must be type 2.” All the nurses and educators agreed with her when I went to classes at the hospital to learn about diabetes. When it was finally decided that I was type 1, I went on insulin. This endocrinologist WOULD NOT FILL MY INSULIN PRESCRIPTION. I waited for a week until I finally called my new primary to fill it. I got very scared as I should have been. It was dangerous. The nurses and educators at my classes still refused to acknowledge me as a type 1 in the meantime.
Once I was on insulin, I began to see the massive problem from hell that is American healthcare. My supplies were expensive and barely covered. It cost 200-300$ per box of injectable insulin pens. A month of insulin easily would cost over 1,000$. It was ridiculous. When I bought my first boxes of insulin, I cried at the counter from the price. How was I supposed to live with that cost every month? Later I got a better insurance, thankfully and I got better coverage of my supplies and medications that I could live with, however my premium is still high.
Now, my endocrinologist has told me there is nothing more she can think of to tame my horrible blood sugar. What? So I wait for the onset of nasty complications now? I’ve done everything I should like giving myself correct shots and testing my blood sugar numbers. I tried diets such as LCHF, Paleo and ketogenic. Nothing makes my atrociously high blood sugar numbers come down.
I have a disease, infection- something is causing my numbers to not want to come down. Finding it is the hard part! I refuse to give up.
That is my story.
Some things I can’t stand about diabetes are:
If you’ve made it this far through my complaining, might I just say that there actually some good things that came from being type 1 diabetic. Things such as:
Norway is hope for me. Their healthcare system is so different that I will spend less for coverage and be able to get the help I need easily. I will also have different and healthier food to choose from. Chemicals put in food in America are banned in Norway or just not used. There is hope.
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A quirky type 1 diabetic foodie who loves cats, make up and is married to a Norwegian. She writes about her experiences and passions. Immigrant to Norway from the United States.
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