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This is real talk⚠️

To make a long story short, I came home from Ecuador with more than great memories.

After arriving back home, I fell really sick and ended up being diagnosed with a double whammy of the flu and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). I’ve been away from school for the past week because I’m highly contagious and I have a scary rash all over my hands and feet.

Did you know 50% of people who have HFMD are asymptomatic? I had no idea. Anyone I was in contact with in Ecuador could have had it and since my immune system is already suppressed by having diabetes, I become an easy target for the double whammy?

Having diabetes puts a fun twist to these conditions. It’s been hard to control my blood sugars because of my fever and the sores in my mouth made it hard to eat.

Also as a diabetic, I’m always extra cautious when it comes to my feet and hands because I already have reduced blood circulation to those areas. When I began to have my symptoms, my hands and feet were numb and it was hard for me to walk or grasp objects. I truly thought I might lose my hands and feet if I didn’t find a solution soon.

Each day I’m getting better. My pain has finally decreased, I’m able to sleep through the night, and I’m able to eat solid foods. Fun fact: the first day I could eat solid foods, Momma and I got a @realgoodfoods pizza to celebrate!?
I’m sharing this story because as easy as it is to forget about blood sugars and finger pricks, your diabetes needs to be in check for proper healing of another illness. Fluids, rest, and healthy sugars are your best friends.

Despite my sickness, I wouldn’t change my trip for the world. This isn’t the ideal scenario but I would take this over a lot of the conditions we saw in Ecuador. Now I just have to keep getting stronger so I can get back to school and finish this semester off strong?

Thank you for everybody who has been praying and reaching out to me to give me some light in this scary, confusing time ✨ I really appreciate the love!

Have you ever had the flu or HFMD while being diabetic? How did your body cope with fighting two illnesses?

Please know you’re not alone ?