Wednesday, April 13, 2011

6 months...

October 13, 2010 changed my whole world.
6 months ago on October 13, 2010, almost to the hour, I was being admitted to the hospital for diabetic ketoacidosis.  Some of you may remember that day/week I spent in the hospital whether it was because you could only be with me in spirit through prayer or through cards and gifts or actually being with me.

Some things I remember about that day:
  • I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
  • I rode in an ambulance.
  • I was orange on the triage list in the ER.
  • I realized that I have the best family, friends, and roommates in the world! (i knew this already but it deserved to be stated again)

just to name a few... :)

Anyway, I felt like I should share some of the many things I have learned about my body, my disease, and my relationship with our Heavenly Father.

  • I didn't think I would ever be able to tell you anything about diabetic ketoacidosis, but now I can. Ask me if you're curious lol
  • I can tell you when I have high blood sugar or low blood sugar.
  • I can tell you what that ^^ means and what you do to fix it.
  • My pancreas doesn't produce insulin, so i have to inject it at least four times a day into my body.
  • I really can (and do) eat whatever I want to, but I just can't have a lot...portion control and more insulin. :D
  • Insulin makes you gain weight :/
  • Stress messes with my blood sugar.
  • I have to plan ahead of time...always.
  • I know how to count carbs...good thing I'm a math major. My ratio is 1 unit of insulin to 15 grams of carbohydrates. Which means if I eats 60 grams of carbs, how many units of insulin do I take? It's math!! haha
  • Exercise really does help bring your blood sugar down. I didn't want to believe it because that would mean I would need to work out.
  • People are praying for you all the time, even if you don't realize it.
  • God has a plan in every situation.
What is so crazy is that I learned a lot of those things in the time span of a week. My brain was going to explode. lol

Sometimes we don't understand why God has placed us in the middle of certain situations, but He always has a BIGGER and BETTER plan than we could possibly imagine! It may take 6 months for you to realize it; it may not, but God calls us to be faithful to Him no matter what. I'm not saying I always did (I generally told God that He should take back my disease and give me a piece of cheesecake instead...He didn't), but what I am saying is that He deserves everything we have to give Him even when our circumstances look like there's no way out.

SO SO SO thankful that my life belongs to Him

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