April, 2012. I became extremely sick. I thought it was a bad flu. I couldn’t keep anything down, not even small sips of water.
I was taken to the ER. My blood glucose level was 440+. I had a stroke because I wasn’t able to keep anything down including my BP meds. The doctors said that if I hadn’t come in when I did I could’ve gone into a diabetic coma because I had the signs and symptoms of dka. This was the first I heard of me being diabetic.
It took about six months of rehab after my stroke to relearn the basics–walking (with a walker), bathing and feeding myself, driving, talking coherently, etc. I still walk with a cane and a limp.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.