GUEST BLOG: “Through the eyes of another…”

The following is another section from my thesis. One of my closest friends, Stacy Fronckowiak, described a severe low blood sugar I had during English class in high school. While my closest friends from high school (all of whom I am still friends with today), knew that I had Diabetes, they never knew the severity of the situation until they saw it for themselves. Below is what Stacy chose to share.
“Prior to the start of the lunch periods, Julie Ann was in her English 12 class along with 30 other Aquinas seniors. She was her usual, jovial self; if you didn’t know her personally, you never would guess that something was plaguing her that day. The teacher began class discussing the homework assignment based on Dante’s Inferno. Julie Ann’s demeanor changed and she proceeded to rest her head on her desk while the others were active in the discussion. Was the discussion not peaking her interest? Did she not get enough rest last night? The teacher made several attempts to awake her from her “slumber” but she would not budge. A classmate sitting in the seat in front of her nudged her, but she was discombobulated to the point where her eyes rolled and she could not lift her head off the desk without much effort. A close friend in the class remembered that Julie Ann suffered from Type 1 Diabetes and asked the class if anyone had any candy to replenish her lost sugar supply. No one had anything to offer so she was escorted downstairs to the cafeteria to get juice and a cookie. She had trouble walking and it was a struggle for her classmates to get her to that destination. The series of events rattled the class; it was something we were in the dark about for four years. That day we witnessed firsthand the severity of Type 1 Diabetes and how it can completely impair your life at any given point. We were relieved to learn that after her trip to the cafeteria for sugar rich snacks, she was okay. To us, she seemed cured, but to her it will always be something that she has to live with and deal with no matter what. It’s a disease that doesn’t work around your schedule; it will rear its ugly head when it sees fit and that person needs to be prepared for the heartache and consequences that come.”
I have always known that my mom and immediate family members say that witnessing a low blood sugar is awful, but Stacy’s encapsulation is so succinct that no other words need to be said to describe it.


About julietalksdiabetes

Telling the daily struggles of living with Type I Diabetes for those who wish to commiserate or for those who just don't understand.....
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