T1D & FOOD
September 13, 2014
Sometimes living with type 1 feels like you are living through lenses.
You see things differently, you think about things differently and you notice the stuff that
some might not. Pain is felt in a way that is difficult to describe. At times I feel like I need to
watch how I try to describe it to others. It might be my emotional nature but I find that
being exposed to larger issues and potential life threatening situations makes you see
things either in a darker or lighter way.
Through my experiences I have been vulnerable, sensitive and exposed to truths that no
average 23 year old would be. When I was admitted into hospital for ketoacidosis despite
being completely out of it whilst in ICU and I didn’t realise the emotional impact it would
have on me till recently. It is only now that I look back on those 5 days and realise how
daunting and afraid this world really can be.
I can honestly say that this experience has opened eyes.
For me, it all comes down to the world ‘control’. When you think about it, we are
constantly told we live in a free country but the more people believe this idea the more
control someone else is gaining. For example, if we explore the political situation in
Australia we vote for our preferred party every 4 years because we have this right;
However, really, we only have a choice between two parties. So how much freedom do we
Anyway back to how this relates to T1D - Maybe that explains why we don’t feel ‘free’ whilst
living with type 1. We are aiming to control something that we actually might never
completely understand. Why were my sugar levels 15 one morning when I had absolutely
nothing to eat before bed and another morning they could be 7?
I have always told myself that I should never let it (T1D) control me, but I should