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My name is Katie. I did an AMA not too long ago about my insulin allergy the thread can be found here.
I'm back to answer more questions and to give some updates!
I am a type one diabetic, and I have been for what will be 15 years this December. I guess the world has a sick sense of humor, because I was diagnosed the day before Christmas. I am now 20 years old. Some more information on type one diabetes can be found here.
Up until a month ago, I was wearing an insulin pump, a small pager-sized device that gave me my medicine 24/7. It gave me a lot of freedom, but it also left me with sites (the places where it connects to my body) that looked like this: possibly NSFW.
About a month ago, I started seeing a new doctor, and I had some blood tests run. My suspicions were confirmed. I am ALLERGIC to the only bunch of medications that can keep me alive. Here are the test results: results.
The number on the left (24) reflects my current level of antibodies. The number on the right (<.4) is what that number should be. In essence, my body is killing/rejecting my medication once it is injected into me. As a result, my body has been taking some damage.
Currently, I am using insulin pens instead of a pump. Instead of having one giant sore place, I now deal with hundreds of them all over my body. Pictures are found in this album (although the pictures do not do the pain and swelling justice): album.
So, here I am! My body is rejecting my medication, and my doctor is currently fighting hell and high water to find something that will keep me alive before my body gets the better of me. Time seems to be running out.
Ask me anything!
EDIT: changed links to imgur.