I’m Afraid of Needles

I stick needles in my skin every night.  Why you ask?  Because I’m a type 2 diabetic.  A diabetic who recently became insulin dependent.  It wasn’t always this way.  When I was first diagnosed back in December of 2009 my prognosis was pretty good.  My blood sugar levels weren’t that high, usually in the 150’s after a meal, which normal blood sugars are between 70 and 140 for a typical individual without diabetes.  According to the doctors, with some exercise and a little bit of weight loss, I would be good as new again.  Well a lot of exercise, some Metformin, and thirty pounds less later I was still a type 2 diabetic and my blood sugar levels were still above normal.  Still not terribly high after meals, but above normal and they remained that way for about a year until December of 2010.  I swear something broke in my body and my blood sugar levels skyrocketed in the 2-300 range.  My blood sugar levels became unresponsive to pills meant to lower them.  On top of that the bottom dropped out on my kidney function.  So then came the insulin shots.  I couldn’t believe it.  My mother was a diabetic for over 20 years and she wasn’t on insulin shots!  Now I stick needles in my skin every night.  The girl who was terrified of needles has turned into a pin cushion.  My blood sugars are still unresponsive to the insulin and remain in the 2-300 range.  Hopefully this all changes for the better soon.

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