Hey everyone, for today’s post I’m talking with Carol Zichella. She has quite the unique name and after reading, you’ll see she is somewhat still a newbie to this. But has learned quite a bit along the road. Keep reading to hear more about Carol.
What type of diabetes do you have?
Carol: Type 1
How long have you had diabetes?
C: 4 years, was diagnosed at age 40
What was hardest for you and your family — emotionally? Or financially?
C: It was hard on my kids at first because I’ve always been super strong and independent and then I wasn’t for a while because I was so sick at diagnosis. Same for my husband. We have really good health insurance so financial/cost has never been an issue
What treatment do you use to treat your diabetes?
C: Omnipod and Dexcom G6 with Humalog
How often do you have to test your glucose levels?
C: A few times a day since I got G6
What kind of insulin do you take?
What insulins have you had throughout your diabetic career?
C: Humalog and Lantus
How well do you think you manage your diabetes?
C: Very well
Can you recognize the symptoms of a low/high blood sugar?
What symptoms do you get, and how often?
C: Not often but lows I get shaky sweaty almost tunnel vision in a way. Highs I feel all bloated and lethargic
What do you eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner? When?
C: Lots of veggies with every meal. Nuts or Apple with PB for snacks. Eggs and avocado are my favorite breakfast
Do you vary your insulin dose if you eat something that is not really good for you?
Do you eat snacks in between meals? Soda?
C: Snacks sometimes. Soda never
Do you eat vegetables? C: LOTS of veggies. Drink lots of water? C: LOTS of water
Do you ever skip meals or find the diet restrictive?
C: Not often if I can help it, and no
Do you get annoyed when people ask if you should be eating a certain food?
C: Not really they just don’t know
Do you do anything else to manage diabetes better?
C: I read everything to stay educated and I meet with my CDE regularly even though I’m a Diabetes educator myself
What is the hardest part of being diabetic? And the best part?
C: It’s like having another member in the family who gets his own suitcase when we travel. The best part is the friends I’ve made because of it.
Does your diabetes cause you any other problems?
C: Exercise can be a challenge because i run and end up super low if I don’t prepare well. I had trouble working overnights (I’m an RN)… totally messed me up.
What would you like a non-diabetic to know about having diabetes?
C: If it’s not poison I can eat it and you’d be able to stick yourself too if your life depends on it (“How can you stick yourself with needles? I could never!” )
What would you tell someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes?
C: Breathe…. it’s gonna be ok… there’s so many of us to help.
Who do you get support from? Who treats you?
C: Joslin Diabetes Center and support is from my Diabuddies especially Charlie Curry and Nanci Orsi (my jack and Janet) and my husband and kids are my biggest cheerleaders and supporters.
*So as you can see, age doesn’t defy when you’re treated with Diabetes. You could be a baby, or 1,2,3 or 4 years old or even 40 or higher. The age doesn’t matter. You just have to learn and educate yourself on what’s going on and know what to do under any circumstance. I’m not diabetic myself, but with my husband and step-son being diabetic, I’ve definitely learned a lot, and have met amazing people within the community, even Carol herself and many others.