From day one

October 2002. I guess this is a “before” picture.

About a week ago, Chris posted about his 10th diaversary, which got me thinking about that time for me. It was probably about October of that same year that I started showing serious symptoms of type 1 diabetes (full story here).

It is still weird to see pictures from that time. Looking back I can see the weight loss and the other physical symptoms and I can’t believe I didn’t realize what was going on then.

I’ve thought about getting my medical records before, but never really pursued it. I live across the country from where I was diagnosed so it just seemed inconvenient and I couldn’t think of a reason why I needed it.

A month before diagnosis. Please notice my arm in the sleeve of my x-small shirt.

Well the idea of a 10th diaversary makes me think of the other big numbers 20… 25… 50. If I am going to get my medals, I need to be able to prove my diagnosis.

The hospital where I was admitted has not moved to electronic records yet. In fact, when I called the medical records department, they asked me to come in to copy my file. They actually had to put me on hold first to figure out what to do. After a call transfer we figured out that I could fax my request and that they could mail me my records.

If they still exist.

They located my file. It was an empty file with a cover page. According to the clerk, the coverage page has the official diagnosis on it. It has most of the lab reports. It will be enough to prove that I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

I’m in the purple wig. Yikes. A month before diagnosis.

But I want more. I want to know how long it took them after admitting me to figure out that I had type 1 not type 2. I want to know all the lab work that was done. I want DETAILS!

The clerk said that because there was a cover page I have about an 80% chance that the rest of my file is in storage.

When I started writing this post, I had momentarily forgotten that today was T1Day.

Now I think it’s kinda appropriate that I am trying to figure out more about MY T1Day on official T1Day.

Happy November 1st!
Welcome to Diabetes Awareness Month!


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