Keeping Up with Kali

Kali Reese

“She feels robbed of her formerly normal life”

When Kali started exhibiting the same symptoms as her younger sister before she was diagnosed as diabetic, Kali’s parents knew the likelihood that she also had type 1 diabetes was high. Testing her blood glucose levels confirmed that Kali’s blood sugar was off the charts. This happens when the immune system destroys cells in the pancreas called beta cells. The beta cells make insulin, a hormone that helps move sugar into the body’s tissues. Without insulin, the process is disrupted and glucose builds up in the blood stream, starving the body’s cells. A doctor quickly diagnosed Kali with type 1 diabetes. Now Kali takes insulin shots multiple times a day and stays vigilant about checking her blood sugar to make sure it falls within the acceptable range. She is also on a special diet due to her diagnosis. Kali feels robbed of her formerly normal life as a result of the medical upheaval.

Kali enjoys pop music, the outdoors, the ocean, and animals. She has a fun, outgoing, and adventurous personality. Since her diagnosis, she has had to make major adjustments to the carefree and active lifestyle she used to enjoy. It is important that she takes proper precautions and is prepared to treat hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) which can occur as a result of exercise. The intensity of the activity and length of time she spends doing it greatly affect the blood’s glucose response, potentially putting Kali in danger. In case of an emergency situation, Kali keeps a carbohydrate food or drink on hand to quickly raise blood glucose levels should she need to.

When Kali wants to kick back and relax, she turns to her favorite television shows to watch marathons of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Orange is the New Black. It is also very likely that her 3 dogs and 2 cats are lounging right beside her to keep her company.

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