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Re: [IP] RE: 39 Years


I had to haul those Clinitest kits to school and it was a complete loss.  There
were two ways to do it -- 5 drop and 10 drop -- with different color scales.
Since I always had to "prove" I was ok, I just added more drops of water if I was
higher and used the other scale so no one would find out I had made a mistake
(even if I didn't know what the mistake was).  I do remember being treated for
hypoglycemia a few times I tested 0% and right after having my blood drawn at the
Dr's office and the blood test came back at 200 or 250 right as they were feeding
me juice.

Bravo on the good work!

Bob Burnett wrote:

> Beth:
> 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
> respect.
> 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>
> Bob
> mailto:email @ redacted
> >Bob,
> >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
> >diabetes.
> >
> >I have had diabetes for 36 years, pumping for 15, 44 years old.  I can't
> claim
> >no complications, but they have been relatively minor, in my book anyway.
> >
> >Beth
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