I have been living with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 16 years, I have had ups and downs with being ill through high blood sugar levels and ill with very low blood sugar levels.
In 2002, I became ill when I was shopping in Cardiff. I was struggling to breath. I continued shopping with my parents until I suddenly fell to the floor with a tight chest, eventually I got home but as soon as I got there I got worse.
I went to the bathroom and when I came out I was sick on my landing, then passed out.
Later, I found myself waking up in resuscitation to find a group of doctors surrounding me, but I passed out again. About 1:30am my parents arrived at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and I arrived in an ambulance at 3:30am from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to then be put on a ventilator for around 72 hours. Eventually, I came around and was told my lungs had collapsed due to having DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis).
After a week in the Heath Hospital, I was allowed home to be with my family.
After all that has happened to me, everytime I have a high blood sugar level I go into mini episodes of DKA but today I’m living a healthy life but am due a couple of changes to my eyes which will need laser treatment in the near future.
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