JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charityStoriesFrom having a mouth “like the Sahara” to having to develop great maths skills-struggles of living with type 1 diabetes

From having a mouth “like the Sahara” to having to develop great maths skills-struggles of living with type 1 diabetes

Author: Katie Nickson's story | Posted: 28 September 2015

Katie Nickson, a university student, shares some of the struggles of living with type 1 diabetes she comes across, from the tongue-in-cheek to the grinding and serious.

  • Those classic responses…’but you’re not fat’ / ‘but you’re only young.’
  • No, it’s not because I ate too much sugar.
  • Chowing down on a huge carb-loaded meal then realising you’ve ran out of insulin.
  • Buffets. Do I guess how much I’m going to eat and inject before, or do I send my sugars sky high and count carbs up at the end?
  • Lying to yourself that you won’t have a pudding, and having to give yourself two injections.
  • “Are you allowed to eat that?!”
  • Explaining to people that glucose tablets really aren’t that nice once you’ve had hundreds of them.
  • Knowing that a few sweets and a piece of toast will treat a hypo, but in reality eating the whole bag and about half a loaf.
  • Food packaging only giving carbs per 100g and having to dig out your maths skills.blog_katienickson
  • Injecting yourself multiple times a day every day, but when it comes to blood tests at clinic…nope.
  • Waking up hypo and feeling like you’re rising from the dead.
  • Drinking a litre of water when hyper and your mouth still feels like the Sahara.
  • Wasting blood (and test strips) when not enough gets onto a test strip.
  • All healthy diet guidelines going out the window when you’re hypo.
  • Hitting a blood vessel while injecting and having a bruise for the next fortnight.
  • Feeling like a criminal at the airport going through baggage control with hundreds of needles.
  • Not being able to look at any carbs without totalling how much insulin you would need.
  • Having a hypo and eating so much food that you need insulin to bring yourself back down.
  • Christmas – try as much as you want but blood sugars have a mind of their own at this time of year.
  • Going hypo on a night out and ordering orange juice at the bar.
  • Receiving cards from family members at Easter instead of an egg.
  • Blaming your bad mood on your blood sugar, then testing it and it turns out to be normal.
  • Not being able to go anywhere without filling your bag with snacks and supplies.
  • Chinese food. Normal blood sugar. For me, the two don’t come together.