Countdown to a diabetes misdiagnosis
As a lead off for the new year I would like to talk about a major issue I am currently pursuing where my diabetes is concerned but before I go any further, let me first say that diabetes is a very personal and diverse disease and some of my health stories may offend others but these are my very own diabetes stories that I am trying to share with you and not meant to be a general blue print for anything else.
First let me take a straw poll.
How many of you who know me or have met me personally believe that I am not the prototypical type 2 diabetic?
Yea I know, its kind of an oxymoron. What exactly is a prototypical diabetic?
Still one of the most asked or commented upon issues when my diabetes subject comes up is that I am not overweight. An issue that I have always dismissed as ignorant rumblings from normal people who generalize diabetes.
The point am trying to make here is that while we all come in all shapes and sizes the connection between obesity and type 2 diabetes is fact even though that connection is misunderstood and attached to every diabetic type.
Just because I am not overweight however does not necessarily preclude me from being a type 2 either.
But that is not the only reason, I believe I might have been misdiagnosed.
My diabetes diagnosis story is rife with misdiagnosis and mismanagement however.
When I was diagnosed I initially I was diagnosed as a type 1 and placed on insulin right away which lasted a few months until a new job, different physician and Private Health Insurance brought a type 2 diagnosis and oral medications.
Personally, I welcomed the type 2 diagnosis because of my financial situation, needle phobia and the tough time I was having with my Insulin Injections that I could have done virtually anything to stay with the type 2 diagnosis.
The harder I worked on corralling my blood sugars with oral medications, diet and exercise with some success I might add the less anyone questioned the diagnosis and why would they when everything was working.
Through everything I never questioned the decisions the doctors presented and might I also add that this was 14 years ago before LADA was as prevalent as it is today.
Last but not least my Oral medications virtually failed a couple of years ago so I am on Insulin. Short of having a hard time getting an Insulin pump in the future (always wanted to try one) my diabetes is already managed by Insulin therapy which means that even with a changed diagnosis I will only have to switch my type of Insulin.
Secondly my needle phobia is no more so there is no issue there.
Truth be told I am only doing this for my own peace of mind, one way or another this diagnosis or misdiagnosis is not gonna change much the way I manage my diabetes psychically, I am not trying to sue anyone or any of that but I think this is one of those things that one just has to be sure.
Who knows I might end up being type 2 all along and this will all be for naught, my doctor has agreed to indulge me however and give me a refferal to an endo so I guess we will find out in a few weeks misdiagnosis or not.