I'm Back As A New Kind of Badass

Posted by Cheryl Sloane on

Hello- it’s been a while. Life has changed a bit and I’ve wanted to update you but it’s taken some time. You see, in the end of September, I almost died. Yup! It’s true. I came within 30 minutes of a coma and possible brain damage or death. This can, will and does change a person. Although it has taken some time to write to you about this, I think I am now ready. Here’s what happened:

I had a great summer. I was exercising, losing weight and feeling great. Yoga twice a week, Pilates twice a week, walking every day. Now being a grown-up women, people would notice that I was losing weight and ask, “Are you OK?”. I laughed at this thinking that if I lost a lot of weight in my 20’s people would just say, “you look great.” Well, it went a little bit too far and, during September, I was really tired. I blamed that on my son going to a new school and having to wake up at 6AM every day. That’s early for me. I kept going and thinking I was fine…tired but fine. Then it all just went too far and my friends intervened. I had lost too much weight and they told me that I needed to go to a doctor stat. OK I said…no problem.

I never made it to Monday’s doctor appointment because Saturday night, after doing 2 home parties, I just couldn’t catch my breath. Thanks to an awesome partner, who drove like a cop car chasing a criminal with me yelling at him to slow down the whole way, I got to the ER and was quickly admitted and tested for a heart attack. I was NOT having a heart attack. In fact, my heart was fine. After a blood test we found out that I had Type 1 diabetes and was in Diabetic Keto Acidosis aka: DKA.

My friends quickly mobilized and were there for me from beginning to end. I spent 2 days in ICU getting my blood sugar and acid levels reorganized. Now I was pretty much asleep the entire time in ICU. I could barely speak and every time I opened my eyes, a friend was there watching over me. My friends and family are the absolute best team you could ever want. Although I’m pretty sure that I scared the shit out of many people, I was never scared or even a little bit worried. I was in a great hospital with amazing nursing care and surrounded by people who loved me. This is a recipe for success. After 2 days I was ready to move to a regular room and begin my journey of learning how to live as a Type 1 diabetic.

Educating Myself

Now this has been quite a journey! Counting carbs…calculating insulin injections…taking blood sugar through finger pricks so many times a day…figuring out how to keep my blood sugar normal during exercise… It is a daily, well hourly, learning curve and I am up for the task. My attention has been focused a lot more on me and I have neglected all of you until now. Well, I’m back. You’ll be hearing from me a lot more in 2019.

The good news is that I have even more to talk about in this grown-up life. I am doing really well and have become a Type 1 Diabadass! Any questions?

Type 1 Diabadass

 


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15 comments

  • Holy crap, that sounds like quite a scary episode to me! So glad you had an all-pro team and your support community behind you❗️Now for dealing with your condition … I KNOW you are a badass❗️Still, sending lots of love and support from your friend through the ages. Always, e.

    Ellen Kaz on
  • I am sorry you had to find out that way and glad you did it in time. So glad you are ok.
    Happy Healthy New Year— Wishing you the best

    Debbie Szabo Press on
  • I’m so glad you’re recovering from this frightening experience. You’ll be better than ever before long. In addition to the nurses and doctors – family and friends can sometimes make the real difference. Love heals 24/7.

    Georgia Roulo on
  • Sooo glad you survived, are ok, and had watchful eyes all around you Cheryl. Happy 2019…wishing you a year full of love, happiness, laughter, and GOOD HEALTH!!!

    Ellen Baren on
  • So glad to hear you are doing well and back to a new normal! My Dad and uncle have diabetes as well as my best friend. Each has their own challenges and roadblocks each day. It is a tough disease but with your great attitude and support system I know you will succeed. I understand how facing a near death experience can change you— I’ve had my own experiences and icu stay. I never leave anything unsaid and always let the people I care about know I love them because you truly never know ❤️😊

    Nicole on

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