I sat down on the couch beside my dad and huffed loudly. I was in a sour mood and he could tell. Yes, I was a moody 18 year old, but it was still out of character. So I went off on a rant (it happens occasionally) and told him I had been so exhausted, irritated, thirsty, and I pee too much. He looked at me, and I couldn’t quite make out what he was thinking, but a moment later he enlightened me.
“You sound like a diabetic,” he said, looking as surprised at his own words as I felt.
I was dubious, it sounded crazy, so we decided to use his meter to test my blood sugar. He had been a diabetic for 20 years at that point, so I knew all about it and we had the ability to check it out. Turns out the meter couldn’t read my number because I was that high. The next day I went to the ER.
Why am I writing about this? Mostly because apparently today is World Diabetes Day (which I didn’t know until an hour ago- so idk what it is doing for me), and partly because my numbers have been off lately and it’s frustrating (and the stress makes my numbers worse, which in part were already bad because of stress… what is this?!). Sometimes I need to hit something, though I am not sure I could.
So now you know this little fun (or not so fun) fact about me. I am not type 2, more so Type 1. Almost.
I have the antibodies which classify a Type 1 Diabetic, but my body also still has some insulin production in there. Though after 5 years of diabetes I am not so sure it still lingers.
What is the difference between type 1 and 2 anyway? (A common question I get asked) Well let me tell you!
The difference between the two is that Type 1 is an autoimmune disease and Type 2 is a metabolic disorder. Type 1 is normally diagnosed at a very young age and Type 2 later in life, but I was diagnosed a week before high school graduation (Yippee).
Type 2 diabetics still produce insulin, its just that the cells of the body become resistant (lazy jerks) and the pancreas can’t seem to make up for it. Type 1 diabetics have a full on war raging in their body. You have the Immune System versus the Beta Cells, which happened because the immune system was provided the wrong intel – and now seeks to destroy the enemy.
So because I have the lovely special force antibodies, my pancreas can’t make the insulin needed to break down the sugars in my blood. This means I need the help of insulin from injections multiple times a day (oh joy!). Needless to say, having diabetes can be a rollercoaster and quite irritating at times. It is not something regulated by a daily pill, it is a CONSTANT thing to deal with.
So, if you have been reading my stories, you might notice the occasional diabetic character. I write based off of my life, my stresses, and my imagination, so it must get in there occasionally. And there are not enough awesome diabetic characters in fiction.
We all have flaws, and one of mine is diabetes. It is the most obvious flaw, because it is physical. But don’t get me wrong, I have other flaws. I am indecisive and non-confrontational, to name a few.
Flaws add an interesting twist to a character, making them more real. One of my favorites, if you can’t tell, is Hermione Granger, who is perfectly flawed.
Only once I became diabetic did I realize there were no characters like that in my novels. I hope to eventually publish a novel I have been working on, featuring a diabetic like myself.
If you feel so inclined, perhaps give one of my diabetic-centric stories a read : ) They are based off my irrational diabetic thoughts.
- The Cure– what if the medical industry is a hoax and my diabetes is NOT an illness but a superpower?
- The Vampire – what if my blood is actually sweeter to a vampire? like dessert?
- The Island – what if my plane crashed on an island and I couldn’t take care of myself?
Daily Prompt: Dubious