I love reading the stories of other Type 1 Diabetics. I was diagnosed 25 years ago aged 6 and I remember my mum injecting me with syringes. I was lucky enough to live in an age where Diabetics were prescribed clean syringes to keep ourselves alive, but there are many people who were diagnosed decades before me who had to BOIL the SAME syringe day after day to sterilise it ready for the next use.
These stories fascinate me, and they’re all so different, so I came up with the idea of organising a feature series, where I publish a post once a week, guest written by a fellow Type 1 Diabetic. If you’d like to contribute a post, please feel free to contact me for more details.
I’d like to introduce you to Erica Lingerman. Erica hails from Abington, Pennsylvania and is 27 years old. She has a wonderful supportive boyfriend and a 1 1/2 year old son. When she’s not busy running her business ‘Perfectly Posh Pampering Products‘, she loves spending every day with her family just doing “mom” things! Erica was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes aged 25, during pregnancy. Here’s her story:
My Diabetic Story by Erica Lingerman
I always had good health growing up. I’ve always been the skinny one in the family and ate the healthiest I could, so I never thought diabetes would affect me. I obviously knew NOTHING about diabetes.
When I became pregnant I was nervous but excited for this beautiful journey ahead of me. Around 15 weeks I was very ill. I had morning sickness, well all day sickness, I was very thirsty all the time, I was exhausted, and I didn’t even look pregnant. The hospital was quickly becoming my second home. I would go in and stay for hours and hours begging the doctors and nurses to find what was wrong with me.
At 19 weeks pregnant I about had enough. I felt like my baby was sucking the life out of me. I had lost almost 30 pounds since becoming pregnant. I was emaciated and looked very sick. I was beyond hungry and my teeth felt like they were sugar cubes. Everything I ate tasted like sugar. It was terrible!
When I was 20 weeks pregnant I was taken to the hospital because of how sick I was. My moms boyfriend insisted we go even though all I wanted to do was sleep. When I was about to be hooked to an IV, I stopped the nurse and asked her to please check my blood sugar. She said “sure” and went to grab the glucometer. She pricked my finger and it came up with an error. She did another finger and got the same message. She went and got another nurse who came with another machine to check me. It read 965mg (53.6mmol)! They immediately jumped into action and rushed me to the ICU. Within minutes I was hooked to about 8 IV’s with all kinds of fluids going into me.
It was a rough week. I went into the hospital on Monday, my Birthday was Wednesday, I found out the gender of my son on that Wednesday, and I got out Friday afternoon. It was a long hard week.
Since then, I gave birth to a beautiful 7lb 11 oz baby boy. That was 2 years ago. I still struggle with my blood sugars daily, going from 50-250mg (2.8-13.9mmol) throughout the day. Most days are hard days but my range is getting tighter and I’m slowly feeling better. I am still learning about diabetes and how to control my blood sugar and ketones. I’ve started my own business so that I can be a stay at home mom and take care of me.
It’s been a crazy journey filled with tons of trials and tribulations but I am making it through. I believe I have diabetes for a reason and while this is a terrible disease, it has helped me in so many ways and I am thankful for the life I have now.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Erica, I’m so glad to hear that you’re finally starting to feel better now. Such an inspiration to other Type 1 Diabetic mums!
If you’d like to take part in Type 1 Takeover Tuesdays, please get in touch, I love hearing your stories 💕