The continuation of #drnomes diagnosis story involved a call to my shocked father, packing a bag, making some phone calls to friends in Melbourne and a long drive down the highway to @rchmelbourne Emergency Department. And then it began in earnest.
Back in 1983 blood glucose testing was pretty new and my parents obviously had no knowledge of diabetes, and never thought that they would have to learn how to inject their 4 year old with insulin. Clear insulin and cloudy insulin. And there was a special way to draw it up and of course a way to give it.
I was super unimpressed that I was put in a cot but 9W became my home for a little while and Sister Swift became my friend. After the first injection I was told - That’s all. As a four year old that means That’s all FOREVER. Imagine the not-so-pleasant reaction I turned on when they came to inject me again 6 hours later 😬. And 6 hours after that. And after that. And the finger pricks hurt.
What I still vividly remember tho is the view of the Westgate Bridge out the window of the Injection Room. I can still, after 36 years, see it in my mind. And I got given a bed! And there were things to do around the hospital that made it not too boring. I remember going to get the mail each day. My Aunty Lene would send cards to me nearly every day, and my nan would send things too. Aunty Paddy brought in things to do and Leon brought me in a Fitzroy FC Lion! And while mum and dad learnt about #type1diabetes so did I. We learnt about portions, hypos, hypers, insulin, blood tests and how to manage at home between hospital visits. I played with plastic food with the dietician to learn what I could and couldn’t eat, and I learnt that having diabetes wasn’t really that bad. I accepted it. I needed insulin to stay alive and that was all there was too it. No joke. At 4 years old I had that figured out.
And after 14 days in hospital I went home with mum, dad and sister in tow and started living with this new piece of my, and my family’s, life.
#drnomes could not resist posting this lil meme. So true. And a couple of other T1s she knows had a giggle at it as well 🤭.
So the brief story of #drnomes Type 1 Diabetes....I had just turned 4. I was at Kinder in Leongatha and we were going to be having HotDog day at kinder soon. But then I got really thirsty - thirstier than I could ever imagine. I couldn’t walk from the living room to my bedroom without a drink. And I wet the bed. That was really strange because I hadn’t done that for two years. While I was having a bath I needed to drink. And then I was going to the toilet all the time as well. And I wasn’t well. Nothing specific but very lethargic and zapped of energy. Mum looked up her book of - What is wrong with my child (no idea of what book it really was) and realised that I might have Type 1 Diabetes. But as you can imagine that thought was super scary for both my parents and we knew nobody who had anything to do with diabetes. Mum took me to the GP with a urine sample in a jar and got him to test it by saying she thought I had a urinary tract infection. Apparently our GP liked to make the diagnosis if you get what I mean. So off he went with the sample and car back into the room to ask mum what she actually thought was wrong with me. Embarrassed that he had caught her out, she replied that she was worried I might have diabetes.
And that was it. I had IDDM (Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus). The name may have changed slightly - Type 1 is the “new” name - but on that day, 28/06/1983 my world, and my families world changed. Forever. And always.
Tomorrow #drnomes will describe what happened next. And how the @rchmelbourne became a second home, a life saver and the inspiration for #drnomes to become a doctor.
Let’s bust some myths.....Type 1 Diabetes is an AUTOIMMUNE disease. It is usually diagnosed when a person is young and experiencing the four T’s - Thirst, Tired, Thinner and Toilet. Type 1 Diabetics ALWAYS need insulin. Forever and ever. It is a way of life for many of us but it does not stop us.
Type 2 Diabetes is usually found in older people, those carrying extra weight, or those who have had family members (parents, grandparents, siblings etc) have Type 2 diagnosed previously. There is also a link to some other medical conditions and unfortunately it can arise as a consequence of treatment for another condition.
When #drnomes was in Grade 2 she was teased repeatedly that she had diabetes because she ate too much cake. She knew that wasn’t true. She had diabetes because part of her pancreas had stopped working many years before.
So #drnomes asks this - please don’t assume you know what type of diabetes a person has, and please don’t assume you know why/how someone is diabetic. Their story might surprise you.
Tomorrow #drnomes will share her story of diagnosis and the start of her amazing journey.
All week we will be featuring messages relating to diabetes. Our inspiration is #drnomes who has been living with #type1diabetes for over 36 years!!!! She has seen the ups and the downs of being diabetic but the important thing is she continues to LIVE life at the hectic pace she enjoys. She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mum (of her two fur babies), a friend, a leader, a doctor and a very proud #diabetic . . And she is more than happy to answer any questions you can throw at her. Since 28/06/1983 she has journeyed through so many changes to how this illness is lived. She is happy to mentor, educate and whinge along with anyone who so desires. Get behind National Diabetes Week. For those of us who have to live life just slightly differently; but that doesn’t stop us. . #diabetes #type1diabetes #type2diabetes #insulin #insulinpump #live #bloodglucose #celebrate #yougotthis #nationaldiabetesweek ...
Type One? Type Two? Diabetes does not discriminate. It’s National Diabetes Week so it is time to drop in to @vitalitymedicalhealthcentre and #gettested Contact details in bio 😀 . @vitalitymedicalhealthcentre #diabetes #type1diabetes #type2diabetes #bloodsugar #gettested #health #gp #generalpractice #generalpractitioner ...
Tomorrow in the VFL we take on Richmond in Richmond at 10:30am. Hopefully have the win in the bag bright and early! Go the ‘Bees 🐝🐝🐝🐝 . #wfc @werribeefc #vfl @vfl.vflw #footy #aussierules #winners #🐝 #doc #sportsmedicine #sportsmed #proud #invested ...
The mascots are having some #timeout and doing some #gaming It’s important for all to have a hobby and way to relax. For #drnomes it is anything from #reading and #coffeedates to #craft and a million other little things that relieve the stress of a day at work. What do you do to relax? Why don’t you all share your technique and see who has the most #unique and #whacko hobby. I’ll start........ . . #dottodots ...
#humpday tomorrow 🐫🐪🐫. Even those of us here @vitalitymedicalhealthcentre are excited! Pretty sure there will be no #camels in #gleniris tho! . #🐫 #humpday #health #enjoy #relax #medicine #gp #generalpractitioner #generalpractitioner #sports #sportsmedicine #sportsmed #psychology ...
#nofilter on this week peeps! It’s a new week and #drnomes is determined that it is going to be amazing. Good things WILL happen. Goals will be not only achieved but SMASHED. Nothing will stand in her way. It’s amazing what positive thinking, mindfulness and determination can do in order to help make life an exciting place to be. #mindfulness #determination #positivethinking #mindhealth #selfcare #psychology #health #caringforyou #gp #generalpractice #gleniris #monday #newweek #smashit #family #medicine ...