November 19, 2019
Hi, my story started back in 1980 when I was pregnant with my daughter. They diagnosed me with type 1 and I was on insulin for 4 months. The day after delivering my daughter, my sugars returned to normal so they took me off of my insulin. I was so relieved. I was fine for almost a year until I got a bad case of the flu and kept losing weight, was thirsty all the time and had to urinate frequently. I went back to my diabetic doctor and he took a fasting glucose test and immediately put me back on insulin because it was back and has been for 39 years. I have been through so much dealing with my diabetes. In 1993 I was admitted to the hospital with what I thought was the stomach flu and I just didn’t get any better so they did several tests on me. One night a nurse came in to do my vital signs and I was in a coma with DKA in the middle of the night! They called my husband and told him he needed to get to the hospital ASAP because he had to make some decisions. They called in my specialist and he ordered some tests and said I needed to have an exploratory surgery. It turned out that my appendix was diseased and had caused an infection. They removed them and put me in the ICU because they weren’t sure I would make it. I ended up being in there for a week and they even called a priest to give me the last rights. The day after that I started to get better. They finally transferred me to a room on the floor and the whole ordeal kept me in the hospital for 51 days! The first time I saw myself in the mirror I cried because I looked like a little old lady from losing so much weight. I changed my doctor and have been going to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Syracuse and they have been so good with me. I go 4 times a year and see a dietitian and head nurse. I have been on 2 kinds of insulin for 39 years and up until 3 years ago, I was testing my blood 12 times a day until Medicare finally ok’d me to get a continuous glucose monitor which I just love. I never got a good night’s sleep because I was afraid my sugar would go down in the night and I wouldn’t wake up or my fiancé wouldn’t hear me. With my monitor I have been woken up several times in the night by the alarm on it. I used to have to keep juice, sugar, syrup or tablets by the bed but now thanks to Transcend I just open one of them and go back to sleep after my sugar is at a safe level. They are just great! Being a diabetic can be very scary but knowing what you have to do, having support from your family, friends and a good medical team behind you helps so much. I am 69 years old and take each day as it comes and deal with it. Not every day is a good day but I’m still here to talk about it! If you are diabetic, please take care of yourself!
My Health Details
Type of Diabetes:Type 1
Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
Daily number of times checking blood sugar:4-6 times/day
Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Shots
How has Transcend helped treat your low blood sugars?
I Love having the transcend Glucose because I have the security of having a quick fix when my sugar crashes and I know it works fast!! I have them in my car, my purse, by my nightstand, and in other rooms in my house!! Before I found Transcend I either had to grab juice, glucose tablets or something very sweet. Then it would make my sugar go up too high because I got panicky and didn’t know how much to take!! When I get sweaty and shaky knowing I have something that will work fast makes me feel so much better now!! Transcend has been a God send!!