“Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog?”
The above quote is directly from the topic post for today -the first day of Diabetes Blog Week 2016. Bitter-Sweet Diabetes blog hosts a Diabetes Blog Week event every year. This is my second year participating and I must say I really enjoy it.
If you read my About Me section you’ll see that I say that Stephen King says to “Write what you know”. I know diabetes, so I write about it. I know what it’s like to live with type 1; the emotional, psychological, and physical toll it takes on the diabetic and those close to them. I don’t just live as a type 1, I’ve also lost 4 other family members way too young to the ultimate evil of this disease. I have found that talking about it, writing about it has helped me to put it into perspective and helped me to better deal with the bad things it brings. Also, by writing my blog, I hope to reach those diabetics out there that struggle like I have and still am. We are not alone, we can do this!
“What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you?” Geez, there is so much people don’t understand about diabetes. I often feel like I am always repeating the same information over and over…and to the same people! I could go with the staples like ‘type 1 and type 2 are not the same thing!’, ‘diabetes is not caused by lifestyle!’, or ‘insulin is not a cure!’, or even ‘yes, I can eat sugar (it’s just not good for me)!’. But I think in the end I’ll go with one I’ve been fuming about for months now….
I have read several stories in the news this past year about young children who got sick, were taken to the doctor or ER, were diagnosed with the flu or whatnot and sent home and then died…from type 1 diabetes.
HOW HARD IS IT FOR A DOCTOR TO PRICK A FINGER!
These children’s lives could have been saved with just one tiny little prick of the finger. It should be standard practice for doctors to check blood glucose level when children show symptoms of the stomach flu, dehydration, etc.
My point here is that the most important diabetes awareness message is to KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.
Early signs and symptoms:
- excessive thirst
- lethargy/ fatigue
- sudden weightloss
- increased hunger/appetite
- blurry vision
- frequent urination
- itchy skin
Emergency symptoms (DKA):
Same as above, plus
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fruity smell on the breath (acetone)
- stomach ache
- shortness of breath
- loss of consciousness
Knowing these symptoms is immensely important for EVERYONE because absolutely no one is immune to diabetes, it can strike anyone at any time and if it is not caught early enough it will result in death.