17 Again…

Its been a few days since my last blog post, there has been a lot going on and my time has been considerably soaked up, I have also had to deal with some pretty bad mood swings from my friend T1D, so my head just hasn’t been in the right space for a new blog.

I do feel like I am 17 again though and not in a ‘I feel young’ kind of way…those days after my diagnosis (at 17) where my whole world was turned upside down, my body was doing weird stuff and I was all on my own to deal with a potentially fatal disease.

I have discovered a new way of eating which supports better blood glucose control, however this new way has also changed how I manage the disease, 15 years of practice trying to get things right and I think I have done a fairly good job, that was until I discovered what I was actually doing to my body long term with these so called ‘normal blood sugars’ that have been taught to me.

A new friend of mine introduced me to some interesting information, sources and people (for which I am forever grateful)…I am no preacher so I will not attempt to convert you or chew your ear off about how great this cult..er I mean group of people who have discovered a new world are:) …but I am seeing first hand major improvements and hope of a ‘normal’ life with Type 1 Diabetes.

11034040_987707674597184_5325178470009038198_nWhat I am finding however is all of that blood, sweat and tears (literally blood, 5ml at a time lol) has pretty much gone out the window (well 50% of it anyway) and so now I feel like that in-experienced, skinny little 17 year old again, experiencing new things and having the same mentally upsetting feelings about the crazy roller coaster that is now my life.

Now that my body does not have as much insulin on board as it used to (due to carbohydrate restriction), my blood sugar levels are a bit more sensitive to everything…making it upsetting when I experience things like the Dawn Phenomenon for the first time since Dx.

The Dawn Phenomenon is believed to be a process that occurs in the early hours of the morning where the body dumps all existing insulin on board to be replaced with newly created insulin, works ok for non-diabetics but for a diabetic who has to inject that new insulin it can be surprising and seem like your body is resisting insulin, Crazy!

It will be short lived, for there is a goal and this time I have a multitude of devices and support people to help me through it…my aim is to achieve blood sugar levels as close to a non-diabetic as possible so as to avoid all the long term complications that come standard with any purchase of Diabetes and fries.

So I guess my new T1D journey has begun again, this time I have the right information to survive it…