A Diabetic Alert Dog For Kayla

Kayla is fundraising to get her diabetic alert dog, this is her story.

My name is Kayla and this is my story

My name is Kayla and here’s my story…. I was misdiagnosed the fall of my senior year 2012. I was a student at Bullitt East High School and was doing bake sales to raise money for my senior trip. While at a bake sale I noticed I was having frequent urination. Upon going to my MD, I was told I had “sugar” in my urine. I called my mom to tell her and said “it’s probably because I just ate” but my mom knew better! The MD called my mom and told her I had diabetes. We went to an endocrinologist who told me that I had type II diabetes. Knowing I had thyroid disease he told me to watch my diet, loose weight and check my sugar 2 to 3 times a week. Because of this diagnosis, my thyroid disease and high blood pressure I chose to have gastric bypass surgery. Knowing this surgery would eliminate my type II diabetes and help my blood pressure, I had no fear. Surgery went great. 3 weeks past and I went into diabetic ketoacidosis from the rapid weight loss and almost died at Suburban hospital. I was in CCU at Suburban hospital for 4 days and TCU for 4 days. The endocrinologist at the hospital told my mom if I did not reverse my bypass I may die!! He consulted the bypass surgeon as well as a surgeon from another group and they both said they would not reverse my surgery. Their response was a thin diabetic would be healthier than a fat diabetic. The endocrinologist at suburban told us I was misdiagnosed, type II diabetes is not very common in children and I was 17 when originally diagnosed. He said I had always had type I diabetes and my Dr should have done blood work to check for autoantibodies . My school called once they heard about my diagnosis. They said the senior trip was a tight schedule and very busy. They were leaving it up to me but said they were not sure if I would be able to tolerate the activities. I was not able to go to my senior trip that I worked so hard to fundraise for. I was too sick and did not know enough about taking care of my diabetes to tolerate a full schedule. Because of my surgery I cannot take in the carbs that diabetics require. My glucose levels drop often and I am typically non symptomatic until I nearly pass out. This is dangerous and can lead to seizures, coma and even death. This is why we are trying to get a DAD (diabetic alert dog). They can smell my levels dropping or rising before it gets too dangerous. We are trying to schedule some fundraising events in our community and will keep you posted and we thank you for reading my story.


2 responses to “My name is Kayla and this is my story

  1. Ms. Vee says:

    Hi Kaya. I am sorry to hear that this happened to you. God be with you in your journey to maintain good health. Thank you for following my blog.

  2. El Guapo says:

    Egad! I was originally misdiagnosed as an anorexic (unbelievable to anyone who ever had a meal with me) until a better (non-idiot) doctor diagnosed me as type 1 diabetic.
    Hope you stay in control and manage your condition!

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