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Re: [IP] Remember



Happy Birthday, Carl....it's interesting to see how far diabetes care has
come in the last 40 years.  Here's to another healthy 40!

Sean, mom of Jake, 9 (dx 07/01, pumping 01/02)
Grapevine, TX
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Keener" <email @ redacted>
To: "Insulin-Pumpers" <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 8:34 PM
Subject: [IP] Remember


> I have enjoyed the postings about the things we did in the "old days."  On
> this day, August 16, my 60th birthday, I trust that you will allow this
old
> geezer the opportunity to add my two cents.  I was dxed in 1960, about two
> months after graduating from high school.  The one thing that I really
enjoyed
> was soda, or as we called it in western West Virginia, "pop."  I knew that
it
> would be hard to live without pop.  A few months later, Diet Rite cola
showed
> up on store shelves, and I was truly blessed.  I know that other IP
members
> have related stories about other brands, but we had trouble with the
supply
> wagons getting through the mountains in the eastern part of the state to
> re-supply us.   The sweetner that was prevalent in use at that time was
> Sucaryl, which came in a triangular shaped bottle with a white cap that
had a
> bent tip at the top to allow you to shake out drops for dispensing.  Of
> course, since it had cyclamates, it was banned by the feds.  Too many mice
> died with cancer after being injected with more of a concentration than
anyone
> would have used anyway.I was taking a speech class in college and had to
give
> a demonstration speech.  I chose to bring a beaker and glass syringe,
needle
> and show what I did to prepare my injection.
> I used one those one cup coil heaters to boil the water for sterilization.
> After the speech, I removed the poster that was blocking the beaker from
view,
> assembled the unit, and proceeded to give myself an injection in the upper
> arm.  For some unknown reason, the needle bent, but enough had penetrated
the
> skin to complete the injection.  Two female students in the front row
turned
> white, then kind of green.  I was afraid that we were going to lode them.
> After class, the instructor said that she gave me an "A" for the speech,
but
> not to ever do it again.  She did not walk very steady going out of the
> classroom either.  I did the injection everyday, using Lente insulin, and
> never gave it a thought that some people were squeamish about shots.
> Thanks for letting me reminisce on my birthday.
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