FULL LIFE: Eric at his graduation in 2014. He must set aside Sh12,000 for medication every month.
Eric must set aside Sh12,000 every month to buy insulin and other drugs
As an impressionable young man straight from form four, January of 2006 was my first month in “freedom”.
But then, I started getting continually thirsty and would suffer frequent headaches, which I attributed to the hot and dry weather.
Eventually, I checked into hospital because of high fever, believing I had contracted malaria. But the lab results were negative.
The doctor suggested that from my symptoms, he should test for diabetes.
The results showed that my sugar levels were a high of 33, while a normal person’s sugar levels are between 4.5 to 6.5. I could hardly tell what awaited me.
I was admitted at the high dependency unit of the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi for three days as doctors struggled to lower my dangerously high blood sugar, and later spent two days recovering in the general ward and learning how to use the diabetic pen to inject myself.
I had joined the more than 1.8 million young Kenyans living with diabetes.
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