Once again, I’m sorry for my absence, but I have the most legitimate reason of them all this time!
About a week and a half ago, I was rushed into hospital, suffering from a severe form of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which led to a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. It’s the ‘unlucky’ type rather than the lifestyle type, but we have no diabetes in the family, which is bizarre. Of COURSE it’d be me, the needle-phobic and blood-phobic, who’d end up having to test her blood sugar and administer injections four times a day for the rest of my life!
I ended up in intensive care rigged up to various drips for a few days, before moving onto the ward, where I basically learnt how to be a diabetic. Hospital food is nowhere near as bad as people say, but I was ravenously hungry all the time. In the run up to the DKA and diagnosis, I’d lost a lot of weight, and the doctors estimated that I was around 7 stone when I arrived at the hospital. This is because the pancreas can’t produce insulin, a fat-storing hormone, so my body went into emergency mode, and started breaking down fat for energy. When the body has to resort to using fat for energy, it releases ketones, which are highly toxic, and cause the ketoacidosis. My blood was really acidic, and if I’d left it any longer it would’ve started to attack my kidneys and liver. Apparently it’s possible that people with good immune systems MIGHT be more prone to Type 1, because the immune system is so strong that it starts attacking everything. I never, ever got ill before this, so maybe there’s some truth in it.
ANYWAY. I’m thinking of starting a new blog about all this, because it’s obviously a HUGE part of my life now, and I need to vent. I don’t know any other diabetics, so maybe someone will find my blog and be willing to talk to me. I have so many questions, and there’s only so much Dr Google can teach me!
On a lighter note, I found out yesterday that I got an A in my NCTJ portfolio. Good news at last! I suppose the point of this post is pretty much to say that the NCTJ is finally, finally over, and I now know that I’m definitely a gold standard journalist! I thought I should let you know about the big change in my life as well though, as an explanation for my erratic blogging patterns of late.