I found Laura Leon's article she wrote on July 28th, 2009 - http://www.diabetes1.org/News/...Can_Threaten_Your_Life
to be worthy of opening up for
discussion here in the forums at Diabetes1.
When I was 13 years old back in the '70's - I went thru' what is now medically called "diabulimia" (everything we know of in the past has medical names now doesn't it?). I was trying to fit in with others in my age group and be "normal". A year of missing insulin from time to time, not eating properly due to wanting to shed weight, or testing my urine / ketones that often (no BG monitors in those days) - ended up tossing me into ER like a rag doll with DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis). I'd been frequently ill over the year with what my parents thought was flu - but it was my body trying to rid itself of all the toxins (ketones) due to uncontrolled diabetes.
I went into a coma for 3 days - head shaven afterwards - not fun for my family - especially my Mum as she was put to blame by the doctors for how I'd gotten this way. Due to my Mum working, I had been attending doctors appointments by myself since the age of 10 - no fault of her own - bills had to be paid - she trusted me that I was doing the right thing. Sigh.
A1C's prior to this happening did indicate something wasn't wrong - but I never told my parents when I'd come back from my visits with my endo.
I think now with how much support there is out there for diabetics - especially since the Internet - hopefully this doesn't happen too often. One of the forums I belong to has many youngsters on it - and I hope that with my ways of getting my message across - that I can help anyone who feels like going into the "dark zone" to avoid that path way.
I am very lucky that I had no ill effects of what I put my body thru' for that time period. Only thing was long term memory - which sometimes trickles back - but many childhood memories - gone forever.