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Re: [IP] RE: 39 Years


For *many* years (approximately 24), I was on beef / pork NPH exclusively,
once in the morning. Needless to say, control was difficult at its very
best. I was described as "brittle". I personally don't mind the term,
because it describes very well what life was like on this regimen. I had
very, very difficult times with Regular insulin - I tended to have
horrendous hypos using it, so we settled on the NPH once per day. A
compromise, for sure, but the lesser of the two evils, apparently.

My diet was very restricted, trying to keep carbs to a low level, due to
the effect on BGs. When I was 12, my mom took me to a specialist whose
first words when he saw me were: "My god, he looks like he's been in a
concentration camp". Not funny, but mom was actually "relieved" to finally
hear a professional acknowledge what she had been saying for years. He
promptly taught us that it was really o.k. to eat, fine to have cookies and
"real food" that others have (within reason). Some adjusting, many 3 hour
rides to his office each way, but things improved with a lot of work.

Early years there were no BG meters - urine testing only, typically
confused by the results of blood work done in the hospital or doctor's
office. Clinitest tablets, test tubes, etc. were the way it was done. No, I
didn't haul this stuff to school with me. I envy those of you on the list
who did this - it was never easy explaining to people "back then" that you
were diabetic. It was nirvana when they came out with TesTape ;-). This
didn't change my results at all, it just made it easier to test <vbg>

I was *very* active in my youth, and there was little I didn't do. Perhaps
this balanced what must have been constant high BGs, and lent some
stability to my overall health.

When I "discovered" BG meters back in 1980 or 81, I began to try to
intensively manage myself. That was about the time I started using Regular
insulin and switched to Humulin NPH from the "old stuff". Regular still
presented problems with my erratic BGs, but it was a tool I learned to

I saw an endo last year. It's the first "official" endo I've ever seen. I'm
not sure if the doctor I saw in my youth was an endo - (I think his name
was Dr. Paul Knott, in Long Beach, New York, back in 1964, if anyone knows.
I owe him a lot ;-)) The endo last year told me that the chances of
developing serious complications at this point in my career do not appear
likely. It was he who formalized what I had thought for years: "Sometimes
luck has a whole lot to do with whether you develop complications". I may
be the person who averages out a lot of the statistics in the DCCT ;-)

Reading back through this, I realize that I began to take Synthroid in
April this year, and it adjusted TSH levels that were out of whack. I guess
this probably qualifies as some sort of complication, yet it's not
complicated ;-)  I don't know if this is considered as one of the classic
DM complications. Perhaps we need to move the checkmark next to my name to
the column that says "Maybe a complication".

And yes, the other complication, not related at all to diabetes, is I
ramble on, don't I? <vbg>


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>I'm curious.  What kind of regimen were you on early in your diagnosis?  At
>what point did you start using a BG meter with regularity?  I am always duly
>impressedwhen I hear no complications after such a length of duration with
>I have had diabetes for 36 years, pumping for 15, 44 years old.  I can't
>no complications, but they have been relatively minor, in my book anyway.

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