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22 year old recently diagnosed!

Hi everyone! My name is Vicente and I was recently diagnosed with type 1 back in June of this year. Prior to this diagnosis (1/2 year), I was misdiagnosed by another doctor with type 2. I started having doubts with this diagnosis when I started to lose weight from 200 lbs all the way to 150 in June and my blood glucose levels would hardly stay controlled. πŸ™

However, when I landed my engineering job right out of university in downtown Los Angeles, I immediately received access to awesome insurance that allowed me to chose a primary doctor that is a type 1 diabetes specialist! I was immediately sent to blood work for all kinds of insulin antibody tests and GAD, etc which determined that I was producing little to no natural insulin. Right that day I was placed on Novolog and Lantus and my weight when up to 165 just a week after this ahaha.

Since June of this year, I was doing multiple daily injections 4 times per day. However, I just received my Animas Vibe insulin pump and training on Saturday and I am LOVING this little device. I have much better control over my blood glucose levels especially with the Dexcom G4 CGM!!

Anyone have similar diagnosis stories? In my time at university and work, I have yet to meet anyone that has type 1 diabetes. It would be great to hear from the community!

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  • Hi Vicente The main factor is to remain positive, diligent and motivated to hold BG’s between 70 and 140. I was diagnosed in 1950 with T1D and never allow the condition to deter or depress me. I am on a 5X BG test and 5X injection routine daily. Hba1c should be maintained at 6.0. I am on a low carb, high protein, veggie and fruit diet. This works perfectly for me, however,should be
    personalized as we all have different metabolisms and tolerances.

    Fortunately my kidneys are 100% functional, however a blood vessel in my right eye, retina started hemorrhaging recently. This is however treatable and not catastrophic.

    Nowadays people with T1D should be able to live fully productive, healthy lives to a good old age.

  • #121339
  • hi @villegasvicente Vicente!

    misdiagnosis of T1 as T2 is shockingly common. Glad you didn’t get more sick. I was a stubborn little kid and was near death before I complained about being sick, exhausted and severely dehydrated.

    Great news about the insurance thing – yes I also was able to get great insurance once I started working. I’m also an engineer I have a current project in San Francisco for the next 20 months. You sound like you’ve got a great outlook and from what I have learned in the last 30something years with T1, attitude is everything. Just like @OShoot said, getting a retina specialist on your team while you have great insurance is fantastic advice. I always recommend “Think Like a Pancreas” as one of the best resources for understanding treating T1 with insulin. Hope to see you around. Cheers!

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  • Thanks for the great input @Oshoot !! I am definitely trying to keep a good attitude and remain positive despite having t1d. My hope is to follow a low carb high vegetable diet in the coming weeks (maybe after the holidays :D) and attempt to lower my daily insulin need. Weekdays are easy because I always pack a large salad to work with an apple and sometimes a sandwich. It’s the weekends with my parents that always ruins my “healthy” streak.

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  • @Joe yes! I guess it’s very easy to misdiagnose a person especially when one is not sent to be taken the proper blood test to make a complete, solid diagnosis. My current doctor quickly jumped onto this and had the proper tests conducted, so I’m very thankful for that!

    I’d like to hear more about your project in San Francisco! I’m currently a structural engineer in Los Angeles and I work in the power/electrical sector.

    I just got that book in the mail and I’m looking forward to reading it!

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  • Hi Vincent. I was diagnosed at 22 as well! Now I am 31. I have a story similar to yours… I ended up losing about 30 lbs in one month (didn’t think much of it at the time), until I almost passed out in the mall twice! Scheduled an appointment with my doc, he was booked so I saw a colleague. That Dr ended up putting me on some pill (can’t remember) for diabetes. Well, I guess my chart landed on my Endos desk b/c his nurses called me the next day asking me how soon I could get to their office! Next thing you know, my Dr is holding my hand as we’re injecting Lantus into my stomach. 6 month later I got the pump & life is so much easier now. Sometimes I wish I could go back to injections b/c at times I hate having it attached to me, but I know my blood sugars are SO much better with it.

    It may sound crazy but Welcome to the club! No one will ever understand what you go through on a day to day basis; it can be difficult, but nothing you can’t handle.There aren’t too many of us T1Ds out there or at least I haven’t met any more than a handful of people with the disease I’m sure you know (it’s the Mom in me to remind others) but always keep extra juice or snacks on you for emergencies… I have many juice boxes stashed in my purse and car!

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  • hi @villegasvicente, glad you got that book, it’s a good one. I am a mechanical/controls engineer I work for big pharma my specialty is clean rooms, automatic controls, and laboratories. We have a 10 story research lab – discovery chemistry and a biological center of excellence, going in to South San Fran right near the airport. I am out there (I am on the east coast) for that project 2x a month until we start steel this Winter.

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  • @Lilac1633 wow, it seems like I went through the exact same experience! I was also given a pill, actually 2, that never seemed to work on me as intended. They were metformin 2000 mg per day and 5mg of glyburide. Now I know why those didn’t work for me! They are intended to force insulin from my pancreas when in reality my pancreas was like “can’t man, no beta cells left! Ahaha”

    Good idea on the juice box and candies thing. I keep forgetting to bring them around with me and always have to buy some from the work snack table. Since starting on the pump a few days ago, I have hovered at around 75mg/dl for most of the day. I know, I should probably work on getting that up to 90. πŸ™‚

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  • @Joe that’s awesome man! Engineering is such a wonderful thing. Way different weather in San Francisco than on the east coast huh? Haha

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  • hi @villegasvicente Yes, it’s different, but also at my other project locations Amsterdam Netherlands, Ireland, Miami, NJ, Pa, Boston, Mn, South America (Brasil and Argentina), India, Puerto Rico, China, and Mexico. Engineering and construction has been good to me these past 30 years, but it is a mentally and physically demanding job, esp when your company grows all over the world and your staff is reduced to “save money”. =) good thing I am tough and stubborn, good thing I have a pump!

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  • Hello Vincente

    I was 22 years old as well and treated badly by my GP. But that waist 1971 and in those days what we now call type one and type2 were known as juvenile and adult onset diabetes. I was 22 and a nominal adult, therefore my diabetes was type2.

    I just celebrated my 69th birthday and my health’s been pretty good since 1971.

    Take care and Lilac1633 is right when she said, “No one will ever understand what you go through on a day to day basis; it can be difficult, but nothing you can’t handle.”

    Take care.

    Allan

  • #121371
  • Hi Vicente! I can totally relate to your diagnosis story — mine’s pretty similar! I was diagnosed in March of this year with type 2, and the week before finals (and graduation!), I was admitted to the hospital for DKA. I had been working out regularly and trying to diet, so I thought losing weight was just a natural reaction. As it turns out, you’re not supposed to feel lethargic and miserable at the same time. Thankfully we both figured out the right diagnosis and can take care of it! πŸ™‚ It’s felt a little strange to be type 1 and diagnosed at 22, but it’s nice to meet someone else who’s been through the same!

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  • @Joe That’s great man! Seems like you have traveled to many parts of the world! I’m just starting my career and I’m hoping it will be a long and rewarding one πŸ™‚

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  • @Allan2 Wow man, congrats on maintaining healthy regardless of the GP’s treatment of your condition. When did you finally become diagnosed as Type 1? Hopefully it wasn’t too long afterwards?

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  • @kelseygeller Hi Kelsey! Your story is the closest to mine that I’ve heard! It was also the weeks before finals week and graduation that I started to notice the huge weight loss I mentioned. However, since I was going out to exercise everyday to bring my BG numbers down (didn’t work) I justified the weight loss with this exercise. When I would get up the next morning feeling completely miserable and drained of energy, I also justified it due to exercise -_- I also remember always stopping to use the bathroom at some McDs when driving home from UC Irvine to Camarillo on the weekends. Interesting times for sure haha.

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