Hey Sydney! I’m Abby; nice to meet you Welcome to TypeOneNation and welcome to the world of T1D! I’m sorry I don’t have time to write a super long reply at the moment (I have three quizzes tomorrow, yay) but I do want to give you a bit of advice.
First–accept the learning curve. You’re definitely going to make mistakes, and the sooner you accept that, the easier it’ll be to learn from it when things go wrong. There are gonna be days when you feel like you’re doing everything right and your blood sugar decides to take a visit to the stratosphere! That’s ok. Make mental (or physical) notes of when things go wrong, and what to do differently the next time. Before I got my CGM, I used to keep a giant notebook of all my blood sugar readings and insulin doses–it sounds a little over-the-top, and maybe it is, but it helps to get a visual idea of the patterns or trends of your bg.
Second–know that it will get easier. It feels impossible right now, and it might feel like that for a while. You’re adapting to a completely new lifestyle. It’s not easy. But you’ll find that counting carbs and measuring insulin doses becomes second-nature before too long. Of course, it will never be perfect–I’ve had T1D for 7 years and I’m still learning more every day–but slowly, it will become a smaller part of your life until you barely even think about it.
And third–you’re not alone! It’s easy to feel that you’re the only one in the world living with T1D. It’s great that you found this website–please please continue to use it for any questions or for those days when you just need to let out some frustration. And if you want to pm me and exchange contact info, I can add you to a group chat with some other T1D Teens! We’re like narwhals–rare and elusive, but if you’re lucky, you can spot us in the wild.