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[IP] Re:One man's story of late onset Type 1
"It tends to come on more slowly in adults, but still definitely Type 1."
Hubby's story: annual PE bloodwork done March '77, fasting glucose level 89.
Routine urine done April '77 showed "trace" of glucose. GTT done early May
'77 was off the charts, and Hubby had lost about 15 pounds in a month, was
always hungry, thirsty, and needing to urinate.
Official dx made Friday May 13, 1977, and because he was 41 years old, was
put on "diet" then about 3 months later "pills" then finally 1/79 insulin
after losing about 35 pounds and having acetone breath (ah, that old term),
never having symptoms controlled. Hubby was not overweight before dx
The internist resisted using insulin because Hubby was 41 years old,
therefore, couldn't be a "Juvenile Diabetic"-ha!-even though Hubby's father
was an "insulin dependent diabetic" who had the same type of rapid onset.
Hubby resisted going to an endo for almost 5 years so he went along doing
one injection of N in am, and only having glucose check q3months @ doctor's
office (with the "be really 'good' for 3 days before so you'll have a 'good'
Finally when he saw endo, 2 shots a day, check glucose level at home (first
with visually read strips, then after 2 weeks endo said glucose monitor is a
necessity-yeah, the plop onto, but don't touch the strip, with a huge
hanging drop of blood; push button to start timer; wipe strip with cotton
ball when timer goes off; put strip into machine,wait for reading, but still
a miracle). Oh, the first A1c done at time of first endo visit was like
After a few years, endo convinced Hubby to go to a modified MDI using N and
R, then N and H when it became available. U was not very good as duration
could be up to 28 hours or more so trying to adjust dosage was impossible.
A1c's ran between 6.5 to 8.
After we moved south, new endo, still swing problems and A1c escalating, so
pump-YEAH!!!, and as they say, "The rest is history!"
Marj; Mike (I'm not into computers, but glad to be on this list); and "Ace,
the PP" (portable pancreas)
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