Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The first day of the rest of my life

Yesterday I found out that I am a Type 1 diabetic.  This was more sad news for me.  It means that the insulin-producing beta cells in my pancreas have been/are being destroyed, and that I will most likely be insulin-dependant for the rest of my life.   Type 1 is sometimes triggered by an autoimmune response to a virus.  There's no way to know for sure, but I suspect that it may have begun in May of 2008 when I had the Coxsackie virus.

So yesterday I also began insulin injections, and reality sunk in some more.  I guess one advantage to having triplets is that since my skin was so stretched, the shots don't hurt that much!  :)

I thought I had a pretty good idea of how I had to eat, but it's been a bit of a rollercoaster today of highs and lows.  It's frustrating!  I'm sure I'll get it figured out soon enough.  I wrote before of how gestational diabetes was easier for me to deal with because of its temporary nature.  Really, I know that any health problem we deal with is temporary--chronic or not.  It's just hard to see with an eternal perspective sometimes.


D&C 122:7 ... "all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."


Kathrin said...

I'm so sorry that you have this burden to carry, Mandy. {{hugs!}}

Lara said...

Wow, Mandy, that's crazy. I am so sorry. You have such a great attitude though, and you're right. It's temporary, even if it's permanent in this life.

I'm just thankful we live when we do! Modern medicine is a true miracle!

Six-Pack Momma said...

Oh, I am so sorry. But you are right. It is only temporary. I'm thinking of you....