One of the toughest things is living with someone you have never met before. It is a very interesting first couple of weeks, you learn a lot about one another very quickly. I remember my first college roommate asked me "You must do some heavy drugs, look at all the needles you have!!! You ever sell the needles, I'd buy some" Later that day I made sure to lockup all of my supplies so they didn't disappear. You can do your best to explain your diabetes to your roommate but they may not care at all. They may just nod and say yea to whatever you tell them, or they may ask a bunch of questions and be very interested about your well being. I never told anyone and I never had anyone ask me about my diabetes, my advice would be to try and talk to them, it can't hurt. The first semester is always tough but once you find true friends you will have the people around you that truly care.
Parties and diabetes, it's college you will see a few parties that have alcohol. Mixing alcohol and diabetes is very dangerous. You get a ton of peer pressure to drink and get drunk. When it comes to drinking and diabetes you have to know your body and the only way to do that is to test like crazy. In no way am I encouraging drinking but it does happen and I'm not going to pretend like it doesn't. If you're at a party and you know your going to be drinking you better have your tester with you. You need to be careful, I'm not an expert I can't tell you how the alcohol will affect your blood sugar. What I do know is being buzzed or drunk is a lot like a low. I should've been dead a lot in college, I didn't test when I drank, I'd go off of how I felt. I never knew if it was the alcohol or my blood sugar making me feel the way that I did. I took insulin if I felt high or I ate if I felt low, I would then continue to drink and head to bed drunk and not knowing my blood sugar. Being older I can tell you that was the stupidest thing I ever did in my life!!! Don't make that mistake, if people give you crap for testing at a party, leave. Your life is more important than being at a party with the "cool" kids. For more information on alcohol and diabetes click here.
Last night I wrote that everyone in high school should talk to their teachers and coaches about their diabetes. This holds true in college, the difference is that the professor may not care. I spoke with someone who said that his professor could care less that he had diabetes. The professor didn't want to hear anything about it, this professor wasn't going to baby this student. Is it right? I don't know but I'm with the professor on this one, if you're in a lecture hall with 200 people the professor isn't going to care about everyone in attendance. It is up to you to have everything you need when it comes to diabetes. This is real life and not everyone is going to care, you need to take responsibility for yourself. I still encourage everyone to fill out the proper paper work so that the school and professors know that you have diabetes. Even talk to your RA, the more people that know the better off you will be. For each person that acts as if they don't care you will have one that truly cares and would do anything to help. You don't know who will care and who won't so tell everyone.
College is a difficult time for anyone but it is all in what you make it. Don't be scared, if you want to succeed you will. You will have your occasional bump in the road, we all do the trick is bouncing back from that bump.