You Gotta Know

“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.


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
  • confusion
  • 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.




8 thoughts on “You Gotta Know”

  1. My grandson was diagnosed just over a year ago thanks to his mom for paying attention to the symptoms. In his case he was going to the bathroom excessively (and getting in trouble at school for doing so), he had bad breath, was sweaty and thirsty all the time, and had crazy mood swings.
    A year later things are much better other than the springboard on his emotions. One moment he’s the happy child he used to be, and the next he’s angry or crying because he’s going high. I worry his teachers, and even more, his friends, won’t pick up on this and school will become a place he hates, which sucks. Everything about this sucks. I’m sorry for every child who has to live with this disease. {{hugs}}


  2. It is so sad to hear the stories where kids passed away from diabetes. You are so right-how hard is it to prick a finger!? I hope we don’t continue to hear these sad stories in the future 😦


  3. I also hope that someday everyone will know the symptoms so lives can be saved.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 16, 2016.


  4. Such an important message. My doctor failed to prick my finger in the surgery, too, sending me to the ER a few days later. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Even easier than pricking a finger has gotta be a urine test, I mean it’s not hard to get a sample from an undiagnosed diabetic. I too nearly died at the age of only 16 months despite frequent doctors visits in the week or two leading up to a hospital admission where they too failed to test my urine or my blood-until I was lapsing into a coma and my parents were told to rush me to the kids’ hospital across town.


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