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RE: RE: [IP] Re: Optimism re diabetes



Knowledge is power.  Knowing that tight control is not the perfect fix is
valuable.  If one does get complications, you should not feel like a
failure.  The situation would only be worse with less control.

I am not diabetic, but I do have retinopathy.  Go figure.  My control is as
perfect as it can be.  There is also a good chance that I will die from
heart disease.  Maybe more likely Pneumonia.

I am not dwelling on how I will die, maybe no one should.  I do not look
forward to going blind.  Both my mother and grandfather have glaucoma.
Combine that with retinopathy and we may have a winner. 

My point is, do the best you can.  Shit happens and it is not always
diabetes' fault.  I know that I have a tendency to look to diabetes first
when something is odd with my daughter.

Stay positive, control what you can.  But remember, Shit happens, so don't
be blown away.  Even if you were perfect (like me :^) ) you are still at
risk of complications.  Everyone is.

Curtis Lomax

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted]
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 7:58 AM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: RE: [IP] Re: Optimism re diabetes


To approach the subject from a slightly different perspective:

I keep (most of the time) very good control of my blood sugars, testing an 
average of almost 10 times a day and routinely weighing and measuring and 
using calculators and exercising every day.  I don't think I would keep up 
this level of effort just for long-term reduction of risk of complications 
(probably too late anyway, I grew up with the 1950s sort of laissez-faire 
approach).  I do it because it makes me feel so much better right now, and
it 
enables me to function so much better.

Being on the pump enables me to keep near normal blood sugars without having

the debilitating lows I had on MDI, while giving me the freedom to eat what 
and when I want (as long as I can calculate it right) and the ability to 
quickly adjust if something has gone wrong.

Linda Zottoli
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