My First DKA Experience

After 11 years of living with and managing Type 1 Diabetes I experienced my first hospitalization. Last week, I was admitted to the hospital in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. This condition is potentially life threatening (if not treated in time) and occurs when your body does not have enough insulin. Since the sugar in your blood can not be used as energy, your body uses fat for fuel instead. The process of your body doing this creates acids, called Ketones. If this process goes on for awhile these acids build up in your blood. Acid in your blood obviously is not a good thing! This will eventually cause organ failure and death. Here were my symptoms when I arrived at the hospital:

  • Extreme, insatiable thirst. I was drinking at least 2 gallons of water daily.
  • Blood glucose was 632 mg/dL.
  • Urinary frequency, urinating every 15-30 minutes.
  • Confusion/”brain fog”.
  • Intermittent nausea.
  • Tachycardia (elevated heart rate), 145 bpm and hypertensive 200/100’s (elevated blood pressure).
  • Weight loss, about 15 pounds in 5 weeks.

Luckily, I was not experiencing vomiting, abdominal pain or shortness of breath! This would have indicated more progressive acidosis. Upon checking my labs a second time it was apparent that I was responding well to the initial insulin and IV therapy. This meant that I didn’t need an insulin drip and saved myself an admission to the Intensive Care Unit. Phew!

The events leading up my admission is quite a long story that I won’t get into here.

My thirty hour hospital stay was an experience that will stick with me forever. Once my condition was improving I immediately felt like I didn’t need to be there any more. I suppose this is what happens after you mange your diabetes for 11 years and the control is suddenly handed over to someone else. There were also times of fear, loneliness, and frustration. I felt almost childlike, alone in my room late that night. Every time I closed my eyes, I heard a noise, kept thinking someone was walking in my room. I was emotionally and physically exhausted and couldn’t rest. The hospital staff took great care of me but I was SO happy when I was walking out of that place!

This experience has been my biggest hurtle yet but certainly not my only obstacle where Type 1 is concerned. I am so thankful that I listened to the signs my body was giving me and that it responded so well (and quickly) to treatment. Now, I have to dust myself off and start again.




American Girl Doll Diabetes Care Kit

Just wanted to share something that I saw in the news recently that I thought was great. For anyone who grew up with American Girl dolls themselves or have a child that loves these…

There is now a diabetes care kit available as an accessory! How great is that?! For years there have been many choices such as hearing aids, wheel chairs etc. but it wasn’t until this year that diabetes was represented. From what I read, there was a petition going around trying to make this happen for a long time. How special for a young girl to have this option to make the doll more like her if that’s what she chooses to do.

I’ve always been fond of the American Girl dolls & the company itself. Good job American Girl, I applaud you.

If your curious here’s a picture of what’s included in the kit as well as one with a little girl & her doll, both wearing their insulin pumps. Precious!


Type 1 Diabetes Myths

Diabetes myths debunked:

Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths each year than breast cancer & AIDS combined.

Myth: Eating too much sugar will cause diabetes.

Fact: Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics & unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease (it is an autoimmune disease). Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics & lifestyle factors.

Myth: People with diabetes should eat a special diet or special ‘diabetic food’.

Fact: A healthy meal for people with diabetes is the same type of meal that would be considered healthy for anyone.

Myth: Type 1 diabetes is a ‘children’s disease’.

Fact: A person can be diagnosed at any age & you can never outgrow it. More than 1/2 of the people diagnosed with Type 1 are over the age of 18.

Myth: Insulin cures Type 1 diabetes.

Fact:The use of external (man made) insulin manages the disease. Currently, there is no cure.

Love, health & happiness,

Jessica Lynn

This literally was just my reaction when my friend asked what type one diabetes was and she said she knew it didn't have to do with sugar. @Allison j.d.m j.d.m Rice Stoudnour:

When Non Diabetics Post Pictures Of Junk Food And Do That!!!:

Diabetes Blog Week Day 2 ‘Keep it to Yourself’


What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself? 

This is a tough topic for me because I feel like I’m an open book when it comes to my diabetes. I’m always willing to share my experience & any knowledge/tips that I may have. Diabetes is such a huge part of who I am so I try my best to not hide any aspect of it from family, friends, or the world.

One thing that I don’t talk about often (if at all) is the uncertainty that I have about my health in the years to come. There was a time when fear consumed me when I thought about this, but thankfully I have a better outlook on it now. My plan is to take care of myself the best way that I can/know how & deal with the future when it becomes the present. I once read an article in the New York Times that stated type 1 diabetes reduces the normal lifespan by 5-8 years. I was in a panic. The article also addressed my biggest fear of kidney failure & dialysis. These are facts that I may have to face one day but the fact is, today is not that day. If I allowed myself to think about these things & be consumed by them, I way wonder ‘what’s the point in taking care of myself’? I think the reason I don’t talk about my fears is also because I don’t want my family to worry about me. I’m here for now & don’t expect to leave anytime soon. I believe that no matter how long a person lives, at the end, we all feel like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. I’d like to make the best of my time on this earth & spend it doing what I love, with the ones I love & not worrying about things that are out of  my control.

Diabetes Blog Week Day 1 ‘I can’


So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?

I’m proud of how I handle my diabetes. I don’t let it control my life, I have taken control over it. I have good diabetes days & bad days but I don’t let the bad ones stop me from trying again. I have gained a lot of knowledge & that is what gives me my power over diabetes. I’m proud of how well I manage to take care of myself because let’s face it… it’s not an easy task. Despite the fact managing diabetes can be like an second full time job, I don’t complain (often). It’s such a big part of who I am & I embrace that.

Strangely, having diabetes has brought good into my life. It makes me feel like I’m apart of something bigger than & outside the norm. It’s like I belong to a secret society or club. I love meeting other diabetics & hearing their stories. I get thrilled when I see someone else wearing an insulin pump & I always stop to talk to them. Meeting a fellow diabetic is never like meeting a stranger, it’s like catching up with an old friend.

6th Annual Diabetes Blog Week 5/11/15 – 5/17/15

I have registered Sugar n Spice Diabetes to participate in the 6th Annual Diabetes Blog week from 5/11 – 5/17.

I will post 1 blog per day on the topics outlined below:

Topic List:

Monday 5/11/15: I Can

What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?

Tuesday 5/12/15: Keep it to Yourself 

What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet?  Or from your family and friends?  Why is it important to keep it to yourself?

Wednesday 5/13/15: Clean it Out 

What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?

Thursday 5/14/15: Changes

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.

Friday 5/15/15: Foods on Friday 

Write a post documenting what you eat in a day!  Feel free to add links to recommended recipes/shops/whatever.  Make it an ideal day or a come-as-you-are day – no judgments either way.

Saturday 5/16/15: Favorites & Motivations 

If you have been blogging for a while, what is your favorite sentence or blogpost that you have ever written?  Is it diabetes related or just life related?  If you are a new blogger and don’t have a favorite yet, tell us what motivated you to start sharing your story by writing a blog?

Sunday 5/17/15: Continuing Connections 

The very first inspiration for Diabetes Blog Week was to help connect our blogging community, and that continues to be the most important reason it’s held every year.  So let’s help foster and continue those connections as we wrap up another Dblog Week.  Share a link to a new blog you’ve found or a new friend you’ve made.  Or pick a random blog off of the Participant’s List, check it out and share it with us.

Love, health & happiness,

Jessica Lynn