Yeah. Sorry i haven’t written about this until now but i’ve been busy dealing with so much that has happened since December 17th. But lets get to the point. This post is part blog post and part diary entry so i can remember everything that happened that day.
Since thanksgiving i had been dealing with having blurry vision. Things got worse on the 15th of December when i started pissing a lot and constantly being thirsty. At first i thought it was merely the flu and me drinking way too much soda. But on Monday I decided to go to my local doctor and see if he could work me in. Well i spoke with his nurse and she came back to me and told me that my doctor said i should go to the emergency room with the symptoms I had, and so off i went to urgent care instead. At urgent care they had a three hour wait. I really thought about and decided to go to the emergency room instead. When i arrived at the emergency room it was already full up with people and it was 7 PM before they actually saw me. And I had been there since 12 PM.
They had already taken some blood from me while i was in the waiting room, so when they finally got me to a room in the emergency wing they had me lay on some kind of exam bed and wait. About 30 minutes later a nurse appeared and decided to give me a blood sugar test. She pricked my finger and got the blood, the glucose meter beeped and then she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “My meter can’t even read you. That means your blood sugar is really high. I’ll be right back.” And out the door she went. A few minutes later they are hooking me up to a IV and telling me that my blood sugar was over 800 and that i was a diabetic.
Yeah i was shocked to say the least, maybe even dismayed. But before i could panic or get really upset that song from the movie “Frozen” started going through my head. Yeah that song, “Let It Go.” Suffice to say that song had been stuck in my head on and off for days. I have no idea why it popped up at that moment, but it calmed me down a lot and just said that i would deal with it.
So i called my parents and they arrived and sat with me in the room. I just felt sort of upset but mostly calm, in fact i felt kinda dopey, even though i had not been given any kind of medication. At least i knew what was wrong and what i had to do. I just laid there and talked with my parents for more then two hours before they went home because they were tired. The nurses told me i would be stuck in that room until they had one open up and then around 10 PM they told me they were admitting me and the doctor that visited me told me that there was a good chance that i could beat the whole thing if they got me started on insulin and Metformin early on. That cheered me up a little but i had no idea how i was going to implement all of his suggestions.
Later on that night they moved me to a different room in the Emergency area, and i was supposed to go to sleep, but i didn’t. How could i? I had just been diagnosed with a life changing illness and to top it off the monitor seemed to beep every twenty minutes. Around 3 AM they came to do the morning blood tests, and so by about 4 maybe 5 AM i went to sleep. At 8 AM i woke up, my parents came in around 9 AM and they also fed me. The food was crap in my opinion. It was cold and it was diabetic food so yuck.
About two hours later they moved me to the Rapid Treatment center and told me that i would be discharged later that day. My parents went out and bought me some clothes since i was wearing a hospital gown my by then. At 2:30 PM they discharged me with some insulin injectors and a good-bye. Before i walked out of there i said good-bye to another man who came into the emergency room around the same time i did.
I spent the night at my parents’ place and during the day and night i was there my vision improved and i learned everything i needed to know about diabetes and injecting insulin and how i needed to change my eating habits. The next day though i was ready to go home and just be left alone so i could process everything that had happened to me. Suffice to say, that didn’t really happen. A lot happened in between the 17th and tonight. I will post on that later. But now I’ve updated myself and everyone who follows my blog. And now i have a new category to add to my list: diabetes. :(